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I’m Associate Professor at the University of Padova (since 2001) and Research Professor at the Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow-Perm (part-time, since 2014). I've got qualification as Full Professor in Economics in Italy (in Politica Economica -13/A2 and in Economia Applicata-13/A4, since December 2013; in Economia Politica - 13/A1 and in Public Economics 13/A4, since April 2017), and in France (French Qualification "aux fonctions de Professeur en Sciences Economiques". Conseil National des Universites, France, no. N. 15105277361, since February 2015).

I obtained my Laurea in Political Science at the University of Padova (1988), Master of Arts in Economics (1990) and Ph.D in Economics (1995) at the European University Institute - EUI, Florence. I have been Research Assistant at the EUI, Florence (Department of Economics), Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Padova (Department of Economics and Managment), and Researcher in Economics at the University of Verona and at the University of Padova.

My main research interests are industrial organization and public economics. My work’s focus is on the design of efficient rules and economic incentives, primarily where government intervention plays a role. I have investigated the design of regulated sectors (energy, water, tlc, motorway), of public and private university systems, of procurement contracts and auction formats therein adopted; the effects of state aids to business, to the automobile sector in EU member states; and supports in the form of vouchers and prize to foster innovation; private contribution to public goods; firms’ privatization in transition countries.

I’ve served as a consultant for the European Union -  The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), World Bank, the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Gas and Water (AEEGSI), the Italian Water Committee (Comitato Risorse Idriche), the Veneto Region.

Contact Information: Department of Economics and Management - University of Padova. Via del Santo 33 - 35123 Padova - Italy.            e-mail: paola.valbonesi@unipd.it -  Skype: valbonesi