Marco Vivarelli graduated from Bocconi University-Milano and earned a Ph.D. from SPRU-Sussex University and one from Pavia University.
He is Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Presidential decree, June, 2nd, 2009).
He is full professor of Economics at the Catholic University of Milano, where he is also Director of the Department of Economic Policy.
He is Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht.
He is member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Global Digital Foundation (Brussels, Canberra and Washington D.C.).
He is member of the Scientific Executive Board of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES, Istanbul).
He is member of the International Board of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO, Vienna).
He has been scientific consultant for the International Labour Office (ILO), World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the European Commission (EC).

Since October 2010 to September 2013 he has been Honorary Professor at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex.
Since April 2005 to December 2012 he has been External Associate at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation(CSGR), University of Warwick.
Since February 2004 to December 2009 he has been external Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics - Jena.
Since July 2007 to December 2007 and since July 2008 to February 2009 he has served as visiting Senior Scientist at the Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the European Commission (JRC-IPTS, Seville).
Since June 2002 to May 2005 he has served as Senior Research Economist at the International Labour Office - Geneva.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Eurasian Business Review, Editor of Small Business Economics, Editor of Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Associate Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change, Associate Editor of Economics E-Journal, Associate Editor of Economia e Politica Industriale - Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, Member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability (Section: "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability") and he has served as referee for more than 80 international journals.

He is author and editor of various books and his papers have been published in numerous refereed international journals, including Applied Economics, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, Empirical Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Labour Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Regional Studies, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Southern Economic Journal, World Bank Research Observer, World Development.

His current research interests include the relationship between innovation, employment and skills; the labour market and income distribution impacts of globalization; the entry and post-entry performance of newborn firms.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2002.


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IZA Discussion Paper No. 11400

The aim of this paper is to investigate the growth dynamics of young small firms (in contrast with larger and older incumbents) in a developing country context, using a unique and comprehensive dataset of non-agricultural Tunisian companies. Our results suggest that significant differences between young and mature firms can be...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10846

While the extant innovation literature has provided extensive evidence of the so-called "demand-pull" effect, the possible diverse impact of demand evolution on product vs process innovation activities has not been yet investigated. This paper develops a formal model predicting a larger inducing impact of past sales in fostering product rather...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10581

Using a unique firm-level database comprising the top European R&D investors over the period 2002-2013 and running LSDVC estimates, this study finds a significant labour-friendly impact of R&D expenditures. However, this positive employment effect appears limited in magnitude and entirely due to the medium-and high-tech sectors, while no effect can...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10540

In this work, we test the employment impact of distinct types of innovative investments using a representative sample of Spanish manufacturing firms over the period 2002-2013. Our GMM-SYS estimates generate various results, which are partially in contrast with the extant literature. Indeed, estimations carried out on the entire sample do...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10471
forthcoming in: Eurasian Business Review, 2018

The aim of this paper is twofold. On the one hand, the economic insights about the employment impact of technological change are disentangled starting from the classical economists to nowadays theoretical and empirical analyses. On the other hand, an empirical test is provided; in particular, longitudinal data – covering manufacturing...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10421
forthcoming in Journal of Population Economics

The aim of this paper is to investigate the productivity impact of business visits, relative to traditional drivers of productivity enhancement, namely capital formation and R&D. To carry out the analysis, we combine unique and novel data on business visits sourced from the U.S. National Business Travel Association with OECD...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10354
forthcoming in: Industrial and Corporate Change, 2018

This paper explores the employment impact of innovation activity, taking into account both R&D expenditures and embodied technological change (ETC). We use a novel panel dataset covering 265 innovative Italian firms over the period 1998-2010. The main outcome from the proposed fixed effect estimations is a labor-friendly nature of total...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9937

Using data on the US and EU top R&D spenders from 2004 until 2012, this paper investigates the sources of the US/EU productivity gap. We find robust evidence that US firms have a higher capacity to translate R&D into productivity gains (especially in the high-tech industries), and this contributes to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9733
published in: Small Business Economics, 2016, 47, 277-291

This paper investigates the reasons why entry per se is not necessarily good and the evidence showing that innovative startups survive longer than their non-innovative counterparts. In this framework, our own empirical analysis shows that greater survival is achieved when startups engage successfully in both product innovation and process innovation,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9453
published in: Review of World Economics, 2016, 152, 655-680

This paper studies the interlinked relationship between globalization and technological upgrading in affecting employment and wages of skilled and unskilled workers in a middle income developing country. It exploits a unique longitudinal firm-level database that covers all manufacturing firms in Turkey over the 1992-2001 period. Turkey is taken as an...

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