Simone Sasso

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
1. The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
6. Migration and Development

Simone Sasso is a PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT. He studied at the London School of Economics where he was awarded an MSc in Local Economic Development, after receiving a BSc and an MSc (both with honors) in Economics and Business from the University of Turin.  His research interests focus on innovation, regional development, (higher) education, human capital, and highly-skilled migration.  His doctoral thesis investigates the impact of university graduates’ mobility on productivity, education-job matching, and scientific collaborations. The thesis is supervised by Prof. Bart Verspagen.

Since his first Master’s degree, Simone has worked as researcher and consultant on innovation, regional development, and higher education issues. He worked for more than 3 years at the ILO where he was involved in the design and delivery of training courses for policymakers as well as an impact assessment of a local economic development project in Nepal. While developing his PhD thesis, Simone worked at the European Commission (DG Enterprise) focusing on human capital flows and innovation. From 2013 to 2015 he collaborated with the foundation Empower European Universities where he analysed European higher education policies and their relationship with university performances and economic growth.  He was part of the team working on the UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2016 and investigating the role of FDI and technology spillovers in low and middle-income countries. More recently, Simone has worked as a researcher for IZA on human capital, cognitive skills, and productivity.




Selected publications by Simone Sasso