I was born in Ferrara (Italy) on 27 June 1977.
I live in Ferrara and I commute almost everyday to go to the "Marco Fanno" Department of Economics and Management, in Padua, where I work as an Associate Professor of Economic Policy.
On 30 August 2008 I got married with Antonella, while on May 11, 2010 I became the daddy of Chiara, the hardest referee I ever met.


1. School of Economics and Political Science, Master degree (laurea magistrale) in "Entrepreneurship and Innovation" - Economics of Innovation (6 Credits) - I semester 2. School of Economics and Political Science, Bachelor degree (laurea) in "Economics" (TREC) - International Economics (6 credits) - II semester 3. Master in International Business for Small and Medium Enterprises (MIBS) - Emerging Countries and multinationals module
4. School of Economics and Political Science, Master degree in "Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance" - Economic Globalization and Human Rights (6 credits, in English) - I semester


Peer-reviewed journals
Urban and Regional Economics

Innovation, internationalization and environment

Economic effects of outsourcing and offshoring

Sports Economics

Book Chapters

Book reviews

Working Papers - Under Review


The role of industry variety in the creation of innovative start-ups in Italy (with F. Gambarotto), SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS, 54, 561-573, 2020. BEST PAPER AWARD, 20th Uddevalla Symposium, Trollhattan, 15-17 June 2017. 

I luoghi fertili per l'innovazione. Uno studio sulla localizzazione delle start-up innovative in Italia (with F. Gambarotto), ECONOMIA E SOCIETA' REGIONALE, 36(3), 2018. 

Urban size and KIBS vertical disintegration: the case of Milan, EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES, 24(12), 2241-2256, 2016 (with G. Cainelli). 

Local market size, social capital and outsourcing: evidence from Emilia Romagna , SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS, 47(1), 243-260, 2016 (with M.R. Ferrante and R. Leoncini)

Banks, related variety and firms' investments, LETTERS IN SPATIAL AND RESOURCE SCIENCES, 8(1), 89-99, 2015 (with G. Cainelli, M. Ferrari and S. Tomasini)

Spatial agglomeration, production technology and the choice to make and/or buy. Empirical evidence from Emilia Romagna machine tool industry. REGIONAL STUDIES, 48(2), 284-300, 2014 (with M.R. Ferrante and R. Leoncini).

Vertical disintegration and spatial co-localization: the case of KIBS in the metropolitan region of Milan. ECONOMICS LETTERS, 118(2), 360-363, 2013 (with G. Cainelli and C. Lupi).

KIBS and the city: GIS evidence from Milan. ECONOMIA POLITICA
- JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS, 29(3), 295-308, 2012 (with G. Cainelli).

The role of spatial agglomeration in a structural model of innovation, productivity and export: a firm-level analysis. THE ANNALS OF REGIONAL SCIENCE, vol. 46(3), p. 577-600, 2011 (with G. Cainelli)

Spatial agglomeration, technology and the outsourcing of knowledge intensive business services: empirical insights from Italy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SERVICES TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 10(2/3/4), 273-298, 2008 (with G. Cainelli).

Does energy price affect energy efficiency? Cross-country panel evidence, ENERGY POLICY, 129, 896-906, 2019 (with F. Fontini). 

Flexible pay systems and labour productivity: evidence from manufacturing firms in Emilia Romagna, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANPOWER, 38(4), 1-20, 2017 (with D. Antonioli and P. Pini). 

A rational explanation of the redistribution paradox. Theory and empirical evidence, SCOTTISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 63(5), 539-555, 2016 (with F. Farina and F. Fontini).

Education and training in a model of endogenous growth with creative wear and tear, ECONOMIA POLITICA - JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS, 33(1), 35-62, 2016 (with A. Van Zon).

La formula dell'export per le province italiane: classe creativa + specializzazione manifatturiera , ECONOMIA E SOCIETA' REGIONALE, XXXIII(1), 125-143, 2015 (with G. Soggia)

Green tangible investment strategies and export performance: a firm-level investigation, ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS, 108, 150-161, 2014 (with A. Marzucchi).

Does local creative employment affect firm innovativeness? Microeconometric evidence from Italy, SCIENZE REGIONALI - ITALIAN JOURNAL OF REGIONAL SCIENCE, 14(3), 102-124, 2015.

Firm internationalization and demand for foreign language skills: a firm-level investigation, ECONOMIA POLITICA - JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS, 31(2), 173-193, 2014 (with M. Loi).

Organizational change, skill formation, human capital measurement: evidence from Italian manufacturing firms. JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC SURVEYS, 24(2), 206-247, 2010 (with G. Antonelli and G. Guidetti).

High school graduates, human capital formation and labour demand. RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI, 3-4, 443-474, 2009 (with G. Antonelli and G. Guidetti).

Opening the "skill-bias technological change" black box: a look at the microfoundations of the technology-skill relationship. ECONOMIA POLITICA 

Governing offshoring in a stringent environmental policy setting: evidence from Made in Italy firm, JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 155(2), 103-113, 2017 (with V. De Marchi and E. Di Maria). 

IDE in entrata e nati-mortalità delle imprese manifatturiere in Italia, SCIENZE REGIONALI - ITALIAN JOURNAL OF REGIONAL SCIENCE, 16(2), 261-282, 2017 (with G. Cainelli and R. Bronzini)

From outsourcing to productivity, passing through training: microeconometric evidence from Italy. INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION, accepted for publication, 23(5), 407-425, 2016. 

Inward greenfield FDI and innovation, ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE - JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL AND BUSINESS  ECONOMICS, 42(1), 93-116, 2015 (with R. Bronzini and G. Cainelli). 

The impact of production offshoring on the skill composition of manufacturing firms: Evidence from Italy. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF APPLIED ECONOMICS, 25(1), 87-105, 2011 (with D. Antonioli)

Production outsourcing, organizational governance, and firm's technological performance: evidence from Italy . THE IUP JOURNAL OF MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS, 6(1), 51-69, 2008 (with G. Cainelli).

Il ruolo economico dell'arbitro di calcio: una rassegna della letteratura e alcune questioni aperte. RIVISTA DI DIRITTO ED ECONOMIA DELLO SPORT, vol. 3, p. 75-103, 2008.

Infrastructure endowment, social capital and outsourcing: evidence from Emilia Romagna, Italy. In: C. Karlsson, U. Grasjo and S. Wixe (Eds.), Innovation and entrepreneurship in the global economy: knowledge, technology and internationalization, Edward Elgar, 310-330, 2015 (with M.R. Ferrante and R. Leoncini)

Capitale creativo territoriale e capacità innovativa delle imprese manifatturiere italiane. In: U. Fratesi and G. Pellegrini (Eds.), Territorio, istituzioni e crescita, 147-162, Milano, Franco Angeli-Collana Scienze Regionali, 2013.

Geographic concentration and vertical disintegration in KIBS: evidence from the metropolitan area of Milan. In: C. Karlsson; B. Johannson; R. Stough (eds.), Entrepreneurial knowledge, technology and the transformation of regions, Routledge, 2012 (with G. Cainelli). 

Urban density and vertical disintegration: the case of service firms in Milan. In: E. Di Maria, R. Grandinetti and B. Di Bernardo (Eds.), Exploring knowledge intensive business services. Knowledge management strategies, 214-230, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012 (with G. Cainelli).

La misurazione del capitale umano dal lato della domanda di lavoro. Un inquadramento teorico. In: L. Tronti (Ed.), Capitale umano. Definizione e misurazioni, CEDAM-Kluwer, 43-63, 2012 (with G. Antonelli and G. Guidetti).

Le scelte di investimento in capitale umano delle imprese italiane. In: L. Tronti (Ed.), Capitale umano. Definizione e misurazioni, CEDAM-Kluwer, 223-270, 2012 (with G. Antonelli and G. Guidetti).

Innovation, productivity and export. Evidence from Italy. In: C. Karlsson, B. Johansson and R. Stough (Eds.), Innovation, technology and knowledge, Routledge, 2011 (with G. Cainelli).

Production offshoring and the skill composition of Italian manufacturing firms: a counterfactual analysis. In: N. De Liso and R.Leoncini (Eds.), Internationalization, technological change and the theory of the firm, 210-238,Routledge, 2011 (with D. Antonioli).

Human capital and sports performance-related pay. In: P. Shastri Ranade (Ed.), Sports management: Global and Indian strategies, 130-145, ICFAI University Press, 2007.

Keys to the city. How economics, institutions, social interaction, and politics shape development (by Michael Storper, Princeton University Press 2013) jointly with Urban economics and urban policy. Challenging conventional policy wisdom (by Paul C. Cheshire, Max Nathan and Hanry G. Overman, Edward Elgar 2014), in SCIENZE REGIONALI - ITALIAN JOURNAL OF REGIONAL SCIENCE, 14(2), 139-144, 2016.

Worldwide knowledge? Global firms, local labour and the region (by Martina Fuchs, Routledge, 2014), in REGIONAL STUDIES, 50(1), 182-183, 2016

Cities and the urban land premium (by Henri L.F. de Groot, Gerard Marlet, Coen Teulings and Wouter Vermeulen, Edward Elgar, 2015), in SCIENZE REGIONALI - ITALIAN JOURNAL OF REGIONAL SCIENCE, 16(3), 499-501, 2017. 

Sports through the lens of economic history (by Richard Pomfret and John K. Wilson, Edward Elgar, 2016), in HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT AND POLICY, 1, 149-152, 2017. 

The relationship between air quality, wealth, and COVID-19 diffusion and mortality across countries (with P. Falbo and F. Fontini), SEEDS Working Paper n. 08/2020. 

From variety to economic complexity: empirical evidence from Italian regions (with C. Burlina), Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) working paper n. 19-30, Utrecht University, 2019. 

From FDI to economic complexity: a panel Granger causality analysis (with C. Franco), Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) working paper n. 20-14, Utrecht University, 2020. 

Venezia con il Nord Est Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019. Effetti di lungo termine, Allegato al dossier di candidatura di Venezia con il Nord Est Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019, settembre 2014.