Dr. Nanditha Mathew


Research group(s):
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
2. Structural Change and Economic Development

Nanditha Mathew joined UNU-MERIT in November 2018. She 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 United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Her research interests focus broadly on the microeconomics of innovation and development, in detail, on firm capabilities, firm performance and industrial policy. Nanditha is leading the team on "Conflicting and complementary policies for development"  within the new flagship programme of UNU-MERIT on Comprehensive Innovation for Sustainable Development (CI4SD).

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, Industrial and Corporate Change and Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

Nanditha is also appointed as UNU-MERIT’s Gender Focal Point, to deal with local gender-associated problems, promoting gender wellbeing and liaising with the UNU Gender Policy coordinator.


Selected publications by Nanditha Mathew

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Dosi, Giovanni, Nanditha Mathew & Emanuele Pugliese, 2022, What a firm produces matters: Processes of diversification, coherence and performances of Indian manufacturing firms, Research Policy, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2020.104152
Mathew, Nanditha & George Paily, 2021, STI-DUI innovation modes and firm performance in the Indian capital goods industry: Do small firms differ from large ones?, The Journal of Technology Transfer, More information
Grazzi, Marco, Nanditha Mathew & Daniele Moschella, 2021, Making one’s own way: jumping ahead in the capability space and exporting among Indian firms, Journal of Evolutionary Economics
Coad, Alex, Nanditha Mathew & Emanuele Pugliese, 2020, What’s good for the goose ain’t good for the gander: heterogeneous innovation capabilities and the performance effects of R&D, Industrial and Corporate Change, Editor's Choice, 29(3): 621-644, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtz073
Mathew, Nanditha, 2017, Drivers of firm growth: micro-evidence from Indian manufacturing, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 27(3)
Dosi, Giovanni, Marco Grazzi & Nanditha Mathew, 2017, The cost-quantity relations and the diverse patterns of “learning by doing”: Evidence from India, Research Policy, 46(10)

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Soares Martins Neto, Antonio, Nanditha Mathew, Pierre Mohnen & Tania Treibich, 2021, Is there job polarization in developing economies? A review and outlook, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-045
Coad, Alex, Nanditha Mathew & Emanuele Pugliese, 2021, Positioning firms along the capabilities ladder, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-031
Mathew, Nanditha, Lorenzo Napolitano & Ugo Rizzo, 2020, The role of domestic-firm knowledge in foreign R&D collaborations: Evidence from co-patenting in Indian firms, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-044
Mathew, Nanditha, 2020, STI-DUI innovation modes and firm performance in the Indian capital goods industry: Do small firms differ from large ones?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-008
Dosi, G., Nanditha Mathew & Emanuele Pugliese, 2019, What a firm produces matters: diversification, coherence and performance of Indian manufacturing firms, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-013