Andrea Fracasso

Short bio

Andrea Fracasso joined the Department of Economics and Management, as well as the School of International Studies, at the University of Trento as Assistant Professor in March 2006. He holds a B.A. in Economics (Trento), a MSc in Economics (York, UK), a DEA and a Ph.D in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (Switzerland). He was Jemolo Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford in 2012. He is the coordinator of the two-year Master's Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in European and International Studies at the University of Trento.

Contact Information

Phone: +39 0461 282216
E-Mail:
andrea.fracasso(at)unitn.it
Dipartimento di Economia e Management; Scuola di Studi Internazionali
Università degli Studi di Trento
Via Inama 5, 38122 Trento - Italia
Personal webpage at the University of Trento

Position

Assistant Professor (with tenure) of Economic Policy  (March 2006 - today)
Department of Economics and Management & School of International Studies, University of Trento, Italy

Dec 2013: Italian National Scientific Qualification ("Abilitazione scientifica nazionale") as Associate Professor of Economic Policy

Education

  • Ph.D. in International Economics, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland 2003 - 2007, (with Distinction)
  • DEA (MA) in International Economics, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland 2001-2003
  • M.Sc. in Economics, University of York, York, UK 2000-2001
  • B.A. in Economics (Economia Politica), Magna cum laude, University of Trento, Italy 1994-1998

Research and publications

Areas of specialization

International Economics, Economics of European Integration, Chinese Economy, Global Imbalances, Productivity Spillovers, Monetary Economics

Main Publications

Recent working papers (entire list here)

  • “A gravity model of virtual water trade”, SIS Working Paper 04, 2014, Università degli Studi di Trento.
  • “Modeling the Transition Towards Renminbi's Full Convertibility: Implications for China's Growth” (with L. Bonatti), SIS Working Paper 03, 2014, Università degli Studi di Trento.
  • “Origins and prospects of the Euro existential crisis” (with L. Bonatti), DEM Discussion Paper 3, 2013, Università degli Studi di Trento Published in edited collection
  • Spatial agglomeration and productivity in Italy: a panel smooth transition regression approach”, (with G.Cainelli and G. Vittucci Marzetti), Openloc working paper 4/2012 Revised version Published
  • “A Germans’ Dilemma: save the euro or preserve their socio-economic model.” (with L. Bonatti) Department of Economics, DiscussionPaper, 7/2012, 2012, Università degli Studi di Trento Revised version Published
  • "International R&D spillovers, absorptive capacity and relative backwardness: a panel smooth transition regression model" (with G. Vittucci Marzetti), Department of Economics, Discussion Papers, n 3/2012, Università degli Studi di Trento,2012 Revised version Published
  • Trade network and international R&D spillovers, (with G. Vittucci Marzetti), 2011, Openloc Working paper 3/2011, revised version available here  R & R
  • Taking Keller seriously: trade and distance in international R&D spillovers, (with G. Vittucci Marzetti), Department of Economics, Discussion Papers, n 6/2011 University of Trento, 2011 Revised version published
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Awards, prizes, fellowships and scholarships

2014             Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Seikei Univ., Tokyo (Japan), April
2012             Jemolo Fellow - Nuffield College, University of Oxford (UK), July-August-September

2008             Premio Capalbio for the book "Le sfide della globalizzazione" (with F. Targetti), July
2006             Best poster award at the Poster session of EC2 Conference in Rotterdam,December

2005-2006    Scholarship granted by the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
2000-2003    Study abroad Scholarship granted by the Fondazione Caritro, Trento
2000             Research scholarship at the University of Trento (April-September)

Teaching

Current Teaching

School of International Studies (2013/2014)

  • The Economics of European Integration (Magistrale MEIS)  - syllabus
  • Banche centrali e mercati finanziari (Magistrale Finanza), also with G. Fodor

Department of Economics and Management(2013/2014)

  • International (Macro)Economics (PhD), also with L. Bonatti

Previous Teaching (detailed here)

At the Faculty of Economics and School of International Studies:  

  • International Economics (PhD), also with Giorgio Fodor
  • Applied International Economics (Magistrale MEC), also with Stefano Schiavo
  • International (Macro)Economics (PhD), also with Luigi Bonatti
  • The Economics of European Integration (Magistrale SEI)
  • International trade and competitiveness (Magistrale MIM), also with Maria Luigia Segnana
  • Financial market and economic activity (Magistrale MIM), also with Roberto Tamborini
  • International Economics (for students with major in economics)
  • International Economics (for students of with major in other subjects economics)
  • Laboratorio 1(BA Economics)

Selected presentations

  • 54th Annual Conference, Società Italiana degli Economisti, Bologna, Italy, 24 October 2013
  • XXIV Villa Mondragone International Economic Seminar, Rome, Italy, 26-27 June 2012
  • Allied Social Sciences Association,Chicago, IL (USA), 5-8 January 2012
  • 16th World Congress, International Economic Association, Beijing (China)4-8 July 2011
  • 10th Conference, European Economic and Finance Society, Queen Mary University, London (UK), 10-11 June 2011
  • Royal Economic Society Annual Conference, Royal Holloway University, London, UK 18 April 2011
  • 51th Annual Conference, Società Italiana degli Economisti, Catania, Italy, 15 October 2010
  • BREAD Summer Workshop in Development, Canazei, Italy, August 2010
  • 36th Annual Conference, Eastern Economic Association, Philadelphia, PA (USA), 26-28 February 2010
  • XXI Villa Mondragone International Economic Seminar, Rome, Italy, 24-25 June 2009
  • Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 6 May 2009
  • XIV Spring Meeting of Young Economists, Istanbul, Turkey, 23-25 April 2009
  • ASSET Meeting, University of Padova, Italy, 1-3 November 2007
  • Annual Meeting, Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics, University St. Gallen (CH) 22-23 March

Op-eds

Several contributions to www.nelmerito.com since 2008 here.

Administrative duties

Coordinator of the two-year Master's Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in European and International Studies, School of International Studies, University of Trento (November 2013-today)

Delegate for the International Relations of the School of International Studies, University of Trento (November 2012-today)

Member of the coordinating committee of the Department of Economics and Management (as representative of the SIS and delegate for foreign language teaching), University of Trento (2012-today)

Member of the coordinating committee of the PhD Programme in International Studies, School of International Studies, University of Trento (2007-today)

Past duties

Member of the coordinating committee of the Two-year Master's Degree (Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale) in European and International Studies, School of International Studies, University of Trento (2006-2013, vice-coordinator 2011-2013)

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain (Mark Twain).
The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than commonly understood. Indeed the world is governed by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. (John Maynard Keynes)

Capitalism, based on greed, private property rights and decentralised decision making, is both cyclical and subject to bouts of financial manic-depressive illness. There is no economy-wide auctioneer, no enforcer of systemic 'transversality conditions' to rule out periodic explosive bubble behaviour of asset prices in speculative markets. It's unfortunate, but we have to live with it. The last time humanity tried to do away with these excesses of capitalism, we got central planning, and we all know now how well that worked. Hayek and Keynes were both right. Regulation should try to curb some of the more egregious excesses of a decentralised capitalist market economy, but without killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.  (William H. Buiter)
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. (John Kenneth Galbraith)