Dr. Nanditha Mathew


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

Nanditha Mathew joined UNU-MERIT in November 2018. She is from India and obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Pisa in 2016. Before joining UNU-MERIT, she was a Post-doctoral fellow at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and at the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy (in Florence). In the past years, Nanditha has done consulting work for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) and MEFOP in Rome.

Her research interests focus broadly on the microeconomics of innovation and development, in detail, on firm-level R&D investment, firm performance, strategy, and innovation policy. In June 2017, Nanditha won the International Schumpeter Society (ISS) Prize for the best paper presented at the EMAEE Conference in Strasbourg, for her work on “First Movers vs Fast Followers: Who performs better?". Some of her works have been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as the Research Policy and Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

Nanditha is interested in contributing towards the policy debate of growth and catching up in developing countries and on the outreach of academic work to the society. In this context, Nanditha is one of the founding members, along with Prof. Shyama Ramani, of SITE4Society, a platform towards bridging the gap between academics and society, which deals with science, innovation, technology and engagement - for societal welfare.