Dr. Caio Torres Mazzi

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation

Caio Torres Mazzi joined UNU-MERIT in September 2016, where he obtained his PhD degree in 2021. Previously, he worked at the National Innovation Agency of Brazil (Finep), where he coordinated national programs to promote innovation in the private sector. He has also acted as a consultant for international organizations and national governments in research projects related to innovation policy and private sector development, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), The World Bank (WBG), UNU-WIDER and the government of South Africa.

His research focuses on the role of innovation, international trade, and Global Value Chains (GVCs) for economic development, as well as the impact of innovation policy on firm performance and regional development. Recently published work has considered the impact of GVC participation and GVC governance on firm performance in developing countries, and the relationship between trade and firms’ technological capabilities.

Selected publications by Caio Torres Mazzi

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Pietrobelli, Carlo, Beatriz Calzada Olvera, Michiko Iizuka & Caio Torres Mazzi, 2023, Suppliers' entry, upgrading, and innovation in mining GVCs: lessons from Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, Industrial and Corporate Change, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtad079
Torres Mazzi, Caio, Neil Foster-McGregor & Glaucia Estefânia de Sousa Ferreirab, 2021, Production fragmentation and upgrading opportunities for exporters: An empirical assessment of the case of Brazil, World Development, 138: 105151-, DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105151, More information
Torres Mazzi, Caio & Neil Foster-McGregor, 2021, Imported intermediates, technological capabilities and exports: Evidence from Brazilian firm-level data, Research Policy, 50(1): 104141-, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2020.104141, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Brancati, Emanuele, Carlo Pietrobelli & Caio Torres Mazzi, 2021, The influence of value-chain governance on innovation performance: A study of Italian suppliers, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-017
Torres Mazzi, Caio & Neil Foster-McGregor, 2019, Imported intermediates, technological capabilities and exports: Evidence from Brazilian firm-level data, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-028
Torres Mazzi, Caio, 2019, Brazilian exporters and the rise of Global Value Chains: an empirical assessment, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-014

External working papers
Torres Mazzi, Caio, Gideon Ndubuisi & Elvis Avenyo, 2020, Exporters and global value chain participation: Firm-level evidence from South Africa, More information

Torres Mazzi, Caio, 2021, Learning, Capabilities and Governance in Global Value Chains, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University