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Piva, Mariacristina, Massimiliano Tani & Marco Vivarelli, 2020, The productivity impact of business visits across industries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-011

Sumner, Andy, Mar 2020, Industrialisation and De-Industrialisation in the Developing World, Many middle-income developing countries are experiencing stalled industrialisation or ‘premature de-industrialisation’. Premature deindustrialisation refers to an empirical observation that some developing countries have reached ‘peak manufacturing’ in employment and GDP shares at lower levels than earlier industrialisers. In other words, the opportunities manufacturing presents for economic development and employment creation are being exhausted earlier and with fewer of the benefits that have typically accrued to countries through manufacturing. This brief discusses the phenomenon and the policy implications for developing countries looking ahead, More information

Martorano, Bruno, Laura Metzger & Marco Sanfilippo, 2020, Chinese development assistance and household welfare in Sub-Saharan Africa, World Development, 129, DOI:

Hooijen, Inge, Christoph Meng & Julia Reinold, 2020, Be prepared for the unexpected: The gap between (im)mobility intentions and subsequent behaviour of recent higher education graduates, Population Space and Place, 2313, DOI:, More information

Zinyemba, Tatenda, Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova, 2020, EFFECTS OF HIV/AIDS ON CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT: A SYSTEMATIC LITERATURE REVIEW, Journal of Economic Surveys, 34(1): 35-84, DOI: 10.1111/joes.12345, More information

Ayoubi, Charles, Sandra Barbosu, Michele Pezzoni & Fabiana Visentin, 2020, What matters in funding: The value of research coherence and alignment in evaluators' decisions, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-010

Haile, Kaleab, Eleonora Nillesen & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2020, Impact of formal climate risk transfer mechanisms on risk-aversion: Empirical evidence from rural Ethiopia, World Development, 130, DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.104930, More information

Kaltenberg, Mary & Neil Foster-McGregor, 2020, The impact of automation on inequality across Europe, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-009

Volante, Louis & Francesca Borgonovi, 2020, Girls consistently outperform boys in reading skills – but could this be changing?, The Conversation, More information

Sanfilippo, Marco, Feb 2020, Jobs and Structural Transformation in Developing Countries, Structural transformation and the creation of new and high quality jobs are at the core of the development debate. How to promote structural transformation in a world characterised by globalisation of production, new technologies and the services revolution is a matter of concern that policymakers are trying to address with 21st century industrial policies, More information

Manuamorn, Ornsaran Pomme, Robbert Biesbroek & Victor Cebotari, 2020, What makes internationally-financed climate change adaptation projects focus on local communities? A configurational analysis of 30 adaptation Adaptation fund Fund projects, Global Environmental Change, 61(March): 102035, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102035, More information

Schlogl, Lukas, Feb 2020, Automation, Industrialisation and Development, Automation, digitisation and other new technologies that are shaping the future of work have begun to catch the interest of scholars of economic development. This policy brief discusses a set of key issues and debates in this area and highlights selected recent empirical contributions, More information

Kalz, Marco, Martine Schophuizen & Serdar Turkeli, Feb 2020, The Disaggregated, Networked and Open Future of Education for Sustainable Development, in: Humanistic Futures of Learning: Perspectives From UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks, UNESCO, Paris, More information

Mathew, Nanditha & George Paily, 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

Montobbio, F., Jacopo Staccioli, E. Virgillito & Marco Vivarelli, 2020, Robots and the origin of their labour-saving impact, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-007

Dietrich, Stephan & Georg Schmerzeck, 2020, For real? Income and non-income effects of cash transfers on the demand for food, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-006

Iizuka, Michiko & Hugo Hollanders, Jan 2020, Innovation Indicators: for a critical reflection on their use in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan, GRIPS Discussion Paper 19-29, More information

Notten, Ad, Martin Rehm, Frank Cornelissen, Alan Daly & Jonathan Supovitz, Jan 2020, Power to the People?!, in: Dominik E. Froehlich, Martin Rehm, and Bart C. Rienties, Mixed Methods Social Network Analysis: Theories and Methodologies in Learning and Education, Routledge, London

Guillard, Charlotte, 2020, Mapping industrial patterns and structural change in exports, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-005

Constant, Amelie, 2020, Time-space dynamics of return and circular migration: Theories and evidence, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-004

Sartorello Spinola, Danilo, 2020, Uneven development and the balance of payments constrained model: Terms of trade, economic cycles, and productivity catching-up, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-003

Sartorello Spinola, Danilo, 2020, The La Marca Model revisited: Structuralist Goodwin cycles with evolutionary supply side and balance of payments constraints, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-002

Sartorello Spinola, Danilo, 2020, Debating the assumptions of the Thirlwall Model: A VECM analysis of the Balance of Payments for Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-001

Loschmann, Craig & Katrin Marchand, 2020, The labor market reintegration of returned refugees in Afghanistan, Small Business Economics, DOI:, More information

Confraria, Hugo & Lili Wang, 2020, Medical research versus disease burden in Africa, Research Policy, 49(3): 103916, DOI:, More information

Turkeli, Serdar, 2020, Complexity and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Computational Intelligence Approach to Support Policy Mix Designs, Journal of Sustainability Research, 2(1): 1-22, DOI:, More information

Pietrobelli, Carlo, 2020, Industrial and Innovation Policies in a World of Global Value Chains, in: K. Lee K., J.D. Lee, S. Radosevic, D. Meissner and N. Vonortas, The Challenges of Technology and Economic Catch-Up in Emerging Economies, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Pietrobelli, Carlo & Robert Devlin, 2020, Modern Industrial Policy and Public–Private Councils at the Subnational Level: Mexico’s Experience in an International Perspective, L'Industria. Rivista di Economia e Politica Industriale

Turkeli, Serdar, Pui-hang Wong & Eleni Abraham Yitbarek, Jun 2020, Multiplex Learning: An Evidence-Based Approach to Design Policy Learning Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa for the SDGs, in: In: Ramutsindela M., Mickler D. (eds), Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals, Springer, Cham, Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020, Sustainable Development Goals Series, More information

Wang, Lili & Zexia Li, 2020, Knowledge flows from public science to industrial technologies, Journal of Technology Transfer, DOI:10.1007/s10961-019-09738-9, More information

, Mar 14, 2019, Paths of Catch-up along the Global Value Chain: A Trajectory Analysis, Workshop, Center for Economic Catch-Up, Seoul, 14 March, 2019

Diker, Eleni & Nora Jasmin Ragab, Nov 2019, Diaspora Mobilization in Contexts of Political Uncertainties: Exploring the potentials, limits and future roles of the Syrian civil society in the Middle East and Europe, Study commissioned by the Danish Refugee Council’s Civil Society Engagement Unit (CSEU), More information

Diker, Eleni & Nora Jasmin Ragab, Nov 2019, Diaspora Mobilization in Contexts of Political Uncertainties - Exploring the potentials, limits and future roles of the Syrian civil society in the Middle East and Europe, comissioned by Danish Refugee Council’s Civil Society Engagement Unit (CSEU), More information

Hussain, Rana & Abdul Waheed, 2019, Strategic Resource and Firm Performance: An Application of the Resource Based View, Lahore Journal of Business, 7(2): 59-94

Hollanders, Hugo, Nordine Es-Sadki & Iris Merkelbach, Jun 2019, European Innovation Scoreboard 2019, Report for the European Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, More information

Bilgili, Özge & Sonja Fransen, 2019, Return, Reintegration and the Role of State, Migration & Integration 8-Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis, 8: 129

Adger, W. Neil, Emily Boyd, Anita Fabos, Sonja Fransen, Dominique Jolivet, George Neville, Ricardo Safra de Campos & Marjanneke J. Vijge, 2019, Migration transforms the conditions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Lancet Planetary Health, 3(11): 440-442, DOI: 10.1016/S2542-5196(19)30213-X

Fransen, Sonja & Hein de Haas, 2019, The Volume and Geography of Forced Migration, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, IMI Working Papers No. 156

Foster-McGregor, Neil, Önder Nomaler & Bart Verspagen, 2019, Measuring the creation and adoption of new technologies using trade and patent data, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-053

Barbieri, Laura, Mariacristina Piva & Marco Vivarelli, 2019, R&D, embodied technological change, and employment: evidence from Italian microdata, Industrial and Corporate Change, 28(1): 203-218, More information

Pellegrino, Gabriele, Mariacristina Piva & Marco Vivarelli, 2019, Beyond R&D: the role of embodied technological change in affecting employment, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 29(4): 1151-1171, More information

Akee, Randall, Liqiu Zhao & Zhong Zhao, 2019, Unintended consequences of China's new labor contract law on unemployment and welfare loss of the workers, China Economic Review, 53(C): 87-105, DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2018.08.008

Bonini, Nicolao, Stefania Pighin, Enrico Rettore, Lucia Savadori, Federico Schena, Sara Tonini & Paolo Tosi, 2019, Overconfident people are more exposed to “black swan” events: a case study of avalanche risk, Empirical Economics, 57(4): 1443-1467

Cecchi, Daniele, Enrico Rettore & Silvia Girardi, 2019, IC technology and learning: an impact evaluation of Cl@ssi 2.0, Education Economics, 27(3): 241-264

Giulietti, Corrado, Mirco Tonin & Michael Vlassopoulos, 2019, Racial Discrimination in Local Public Services: A Field Experiment in the US, Journal of the European Economic Association, 17(1): 165-204, DOI:, More information

Campos, Nauro F. , 2019, The Economics of Brexit, in: The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Palgrave, NN

Campos, Nauro F. , Fabrizio Coricelli & Luigi Moretti, 2019, Institutional integration & economic growth in Europe, Journal of Monetary Economics, 103: 88-104, DOI:, More information

Bruszt, Laszlo & Nauro F. Campos, 2019, Economic integration & state capacity, Journal of Institutional Economics, 15(3): 449-468, More information

Campos, Nauro F. , Jarko Fidrmuc & Iikka Korhonen, 2019, Business cycle synchronisation and currency unions: A review of the econometric evidence using meta-analysis, International Review of Financial Analysis, 61: 274-283, More information

Akay, Alpaslan, Peter Martinsson & Hilda Ralsmark, 2019, Relative concerns and sleep behavior, Economics and Human Biology, 33: 1-14, More information