Prof. Dr. Carlo Pietrobelli

Professorial Fellow

Carlo Pietrobelli is a professor and policy advisor on innovation and industrial development and policy.

He is currently Professor of Economics at University Roma Tre, Italy, Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.. During 2009-2016 was a Lead Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he led the preparation of development loans in Latin America and the Caribbean on innovation and industrial policies, and on cluster and value chains programs, small and medium-sized enterprises and local economic development.

His research interests range from development economics to innovation, trade and industry in developing countries. He has published widely in international journals and his last books were published by Harvard University Press, Edward Elgar, Palgrave and Routledge. His latest books are on The Impact Evaluation of Cluster Development Programs: Methods and Practices (IDB, 2016, https://publications.iadb.org/handle/11319/7605), and on Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Engine of Economic Development (Palgrave, 2016, http://www.firmsinlatinamerica.com).

He was Deputy Rector for promoting links between the University and the private sector and Head of Industrial Liaison Office of the University Roma Tre. He holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford University and has been a regular policy advisor to governments in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Personal website: http://host.uniroma3.it/docenti/pietrobelli/

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Selected publications by Carlo Pietrobelli


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
McDermott, G.A. & Carlo Pietrobelli, 2017, Walking before you can run: The knowledge, networks, and institutions for emerging market smes, Advances in International Management, 30, More information
Pietrobelli, Carlo & Cornelia Staritz, 2017, Cadenas Globales de Valor y Políticas de Desarrollo, Desarrollo Económico, 56(220), More information
Montalbano, Pierluigi, Silvia Nenci & Carlo Pietrobelli, 2017, Opening and Linking up: Firms, Global Value Chains and Productivity in Latin America, Small Business Economics, More information
Staritz, Cornelia & Carlo Pietrobelli, 2017, Upgrading, Interactive Learning, and Innovation Systems in Value Chain Interventions, European Journal of Development Research, More information
Pietrobelli, Carlo & Fernanda Puppato, 2016, Technology foresight and industrial strategy in developing countries, Technology Forecasting and Social Change, 110: 117–25, More information
Crescenzi, Riccardo, Carlo Pietrobelli & Roberta Rabellotti, 2016, Regional strategic assets and the location strategies of Emerging Countries’ Multinationals in Europe, European Planning Studies, More information
Crescenzi, Riccardo, Carlo Pietrobelli & Roberta Rabellotti, 2014, Innovation drivers, value chains and the geography of multinational corporations in Europe, Journal of Economic Geography, 14(6): 1053–1086, More information
Molina-Domene, M.A. & Carlo Pietrobelli, 2012, Drivers of technological capabilities in developing countries: An econometric analysis of Argentina, Brazil and Chile, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 23(4): 504-15
Fu, Xiaolan, Carlo Pietrobelli & Luc Soete, 2011, The Role of Foreign Technology and Indigenous Innovation in the Emerging Economies: Technological Change and Catching-up, World Development, 39(7): 1204-1212, More information


Book chapters
Grazzi, Matteo, Carlo Pietrobelli & Adam Szirmai, 2016, Determinants of enterprise performance in Latin America and the Caribbean: What does the micro-evidence tell us? , in: Inter-American Development Bank, Grazzi, Matteo, Pietrobelli, Carlo (Eds.), Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Engine of Economic Development , Palgrave Macmillan, US, 1-36, More information
Grazzi, Matteo, Carlo Pietrobelli & Adam Szirmai, 2016, Innovation and productivity in Latin American and Caribbean firms: Conclusions , in: Inter-American Development Bank, Grazzi, Matteo, Pietrobelli, Carlo (Eds.), Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Engine of Economic Development , Palgrave Macmillan, US, 317-324, More information
Pietrobelli, Carlo, Matteo Grazzi & Adam Szirmai, 2016, 'Innovation and Productivity in Latin American and Caribbean Firms: Conclusions’, in: C. Pietrobelli and M. Grazzi (eds.), Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank/Palgrave MacMillan, New York,, New York, 2016, pp.317-324
Pietrobelli, Carlo, Matteo Grazzi & Adam Szirmai, 2016, ‘Determinants of Enterprise Performance in Latin American and the Caribbean. What Does the Micro Evidence Tell Us?’, in: C. Pietrobelli and M. Grazzi (eds.), Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank/Palgrave MacMillan, New York, New York, USA, 2016, pp. 1-36


Books (monograph or edited volume)
Maffioli, Alessandro, Carlo Pietrobelli & Rodolfo Stucchi (eds.), 2016, The Impact Evaluation of Cluster Development Programs, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C, More information
Grazzi, Matteo & Carlo Pietrobelli (eds.), 2016, Firm’ Productivity and Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Engine of Development, Palgrave, London, UK, More information
Pietrobelli, Carlo & Rajah Rasiah (eds.), 2012, Evidence-based Development Economics: Essays in Honour of Sanjaya Lall, University of Malaya Press, Kuala Lumpur, 460 pages, More information
Llisterri, Juan Jose, Carlo Pietrobelli & Mikael Larsson (eds.), 2011, Los Sistemas Regionales de Innovación en América Latina, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C, More information
Pietrobelli, Carlo & Roberta Rabellotti, 2007, Upgrading to Compete. Global Value Chains, SMEs and Clusters in Latin America, HARVARD University Press, Cambridge Ma, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Devlin, Robert & Carlo Pietrobelli, 2018, Modern industrial policy and public-private councils at the subnational level: Mexico's experience in an international perspective, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2018-028
Montalbano, Pierluigi, Silvia Nenci & Carlo Pietrobelli, 2017, Opening and linking up: Firms, global value chains and productivity in Latin America, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-030
Grazzi, Matteo, Carlo Pietrobelli & Adam Szirmai, 2015, The performance of firms in Latin America and the Caribbean: Microeconomic factors and the role of innovation, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-041
Pietrobelli, Carlo & Fernanda Puppato, 2015, Technology foresight and industrial strategy in developing countries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-016
Crescenzi, Riccardo, Carlo Pietrobelli & Roberta Rabellotti, 2015, The location strategies of multinationals from emerging countries in the EU regions, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-009