Dr. Nanditha Mathew
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.