Innovation, Regional Development, and European Union Policies

//Innovation, Regional Development, and European Union Policies
Innovation, Regional Development, and European Union Policies2018-03-17T10:44:23+00:00

Over the past four decades, the processes of economic integration and technological change have altered the structure of the world economy, redefining the competitive advantages of many areas and regions. The economic crisis which began in 2008 has further modified the pre-existing structures by impacting asymmetrically on countries and regions, and engendering different paths of recovery. The socio-economic system and its innovative capacity, the institutional context, the individual and systemic features of firms (including multinationals) and other local actors (including universities) have a crucial role in determining these development paths and their sustainability.

Given these challenges, and the inability of traditional sectoral economic policies to respond to them, a variety of actions and tools have been designed to relaunch innovation, growth and employment in all national and local contexts. Within the European Union, the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy has laid the bases for coordination of all European Community policies concerned with these objectives, and it has closely targeted the financial allocations for 2014-2020 on their pursuit.

In this regard, the Rossi-Doria Centre intends to study the dynamics of innovation, growth, and employment in the Regions of the European Union. It devotes particular attention to the role of public policies (local, national and Community) in those areas.

In particular, research at the Centre focuses on:
a) analysis of the determinants of innovation, growth and employment dynamics in the regions of the European Union, also from a comparative perspective;
b) analysis of the role of local and multinational firms in European regions, also in regard to their positioning in global value chains and global production networks;
c) analysis of the design of public development and innovation policies;
d) analysis of the impact of development policies with particular regard to the European Union’s regional and rural development policies.

Research Projects

Massimo Florio, Francesco Giffoni, Anna Giunta, Emanuela Sirtori. Big Science, Learning and Innovation: Evidence From CERN Procurement, Working Paper 225 (Collana del Dipartimento di Economia, Università degli studi Roma Tre) (online), 2017.
With a team of economists and of physicists led by Massimo Florio and Stefano Forte, the Rossi-Doria Centre participated in a research project aiming at evaluating social costs and benefits of the next project of CERN: the “Future Circular Collider“.
In particular, the Rossi-Doria Centre, with the project “Approach Application of Global Value Chains to High-Tech Suppliers of CERN”, estimated the socio-economic impact of CERN on businesses in the supply chain and other organizations.
The financing of basic research infrastructure has become a critical issue in recent years. It remains, however, the problem of having to justify in terms of the socio-economic impact a substantial investment of resources in basic research (see Florio, M., Forte, S., & Sirtori, E., 2016, the Social Forecasting Impact of the Large Hadron Collider: A Cost-Benefit Analysis to 2025 and Beyond. Technological Forecasting & Social Change).

Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria (Council for Agricultural Reseach and Economics) (CRA-INEA), Roma, Italy: Roberto Henke (project leader), Maria Rosaria Pupo D’Andrea (scientific editor), Theodoros Benos (consultant), Tatiana Castellotti, Fabio Pierangeli, Simona Romeo Lironcurti; Università Roma Tre, Roma, Italy: Fabrizio De Filippis, Mara Giua, Laura Rosatelli; Bundesanstalt für Agrarwirtschaft (Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, AWI) Vienna, Austria: Thomas Resl, Karin Heinschink. Implementation of the First Pillar of the CAP 2014–2020 in the EU Member States, July 2015.
This document was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Research Outputs

Mara Giua, L’Europa e le sue componenti come fattori condizionanti per l’attuazione della politica sul territorio nel caso del Mezzogiorno italiano, in Manin Carabba, Riccardo Padovani e Laura Polverari (Eds): Le politiche di coesione in Europa tra austerità e nuove sfide, Quaderni Svimez, n. 47 (2016), ISBN: 9788898966042.

Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua, Different approaches to the analysis of the EU Cohesion Policy: leveraging complementarities for evidence-based policy learning, in Berkowitz P., Bachtler J., Muravska T. and Hardy S. (Eds) Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Routledge, Regions and Cities book series, 2016, ISBN: 978 1 138 22464 3.

Riccardo Crescenzi and Fabrizio De Filippis, Cohesion policy and rural development, in Piattoni S. and Polverari L. (editors), Handbook of Cohesion Policy in the EU, Edward Elgar, 2016, ISBN: 978 1 78471 566 3.

Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua, UK’s less developed regions stand to suffer most when top-down EU funding is gone, LSE Brexit Blog, 2016.

Mara Giua (2016), Spatial discontinuity for the impact assessment of the EU Regional policy. The case of the Italian Objective 1 regionsJournal of Regional Science, DOI: 10.1111/jors.12300 (2016).†
First published: 16 August 2016

Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua, The EU Cohesion Policy in context: Does a bottom-up approach work in all regions?  Environment and Planning A (2016)52(1): 134–152.
Published online before print July 12, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0308518X16658291

Nicola Daniele Coniglio, Raffaele Lagravinese and Davide Vurchio, Production sophisticatedness and growth: evidence from Italian provinces before and during the crisis, 1997-2013Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (2016), 9 (2): 423-442.
doi: 10.1093/cjres/rsw006
First published online: May 11, 2016

Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua (2014). The EU Cohesion Policy in context: regional growth and the influence of agricultural and rural development policies. LEQS paper No.85, London School of Economics.
Published 23 December 2014

Riccardo Crescenzi, Fabrizio De Filippis and Fabio Pierangeli, In tandem for cohesion? Synergies and conflicts between regional and agricultural policies of the European Union, Regional Studies, 49 (4), 2015, doi:10.1080/00343404.2014.946401
First Published online: 24 September 2014


UK’s less developed regions stand to suffer most when top-down EU funding is gone, by Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua, featured in Brexit Briefing: What kind of exit do the British people want? Polls suggest that migration controls might not be such a vital demand, by James Blitz, Financial Times, October 12, 2016.

The EU Cohesion Policy in context: Does a bottom-up approach work in all regions?, by Riccardo Crescenzi and Mara Giua, featured in Think Local. What Brexit would mean for regional and cohesion policies in Europe, by Patricia Wruuck and Laura Rosenberger, Deutsche Bank Research, September 30, 2016.


15 July 2016 h. 9:00 – CONFERENCE IN MEMORY OF GIOVANNI ANANIA: Challenges to Agricultural Policies and Implications for National and Local Agri-Food Sectors – Aula Magna, University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci Edificio Aula Magna – Floors I,II, Arcavacata di Rende, CS

11 July 2016 h. 9:00 – 15 July 2016 h. 13:30 – 1st GIOVANNI ANANIA SUMMER SCHOOL ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING. Regional Trade Agreements: Implications for the EU Agriculture and Rural Development. – University of Calabria, Ponte Pietro Bucci – Cubo 0/C, Arcavata di Rende,CS

25 March 2015 h. 15:00 – KEYNOTE LECTURE: Triumph of the City. How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier. – Keynote Speaker: Edward Glaeser, Harvard University –  – Sala delle Lauree, Scuola di Economia e Studi Aziendali, Roma Tre University, Via Silvio D’Amico 77, Rome

14 March 2016 h. 10:00 – ROSSI-DORIA  LECTURE 2016. The EU 2050 Low Carbon Strategy: Which Policy Design? Keynote Speaker: Anil Markandya, BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change. – Sala delle Lauree, Scuola di Economia e Studi Aziendali, Roma Tre University, Via Silvio D’Amico 77, Rome

17 February 2015 h. 15:30 – Presentation of CER Report n 3/2014: International Integration and Innovation – Sala delle Lauree, Scuola di Economia e Studi Aziendali, Roma Tre University, Via Silvio D’Amico 77, Rome

29 October 2014 h. 15:00 – Book Presentation: I Sistemi produttivi locali, edited by Massimo Omiccioli, Carocci editore, 2013 – Sala delle Lauree, Scuola di Economia e Studi Aziendali, Roma Tre University, Via Silvio D’Amico 77, Rome

26 May 2014 h. 14:30 – 28 May 2014 h. 17:00 – SECOND WORKSHOP UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY LINKAGES: From Theory to Policy – Sala delle Lauree, Scuola di Economia e Studi Aziendali, Roma Tre University , Via Silvio D’Amico 77, Rome

28 May 2013 h. 15:00- 30 May 2013 h. 16:00 – FIRST WORKSHOP UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY LINKAGES: Theoretical and Empirical Aspects – Sala delle Lauree, Scuola di Economia e Studi Aziendali, Roma Tre University, Via Silvio D’Amico 77, Rome