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Tommaso Aquilante

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics, Birmingham Business School

Expertise: INTERNATIONAL TRADE, FIRMS & COMPETITIVENESS, INDUSTRIAL POLICY, POLITICAL ECONOMY CV: Download CV Twitter: @TomAquilante

Tommaso Aquilante is an Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics at the Birmingham Business School. He was awarded his BA and MSc in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and his PhD in Economics from ECARES, at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, in Brussels.

Tommaso worked as Affiliate Fellow and Research Assistant at Bruegel. Prior to that, he worked as a research assistant in the Econometric Modelling Division at the Directorate General Research of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. He also worked at FEEM (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei) and at Bocconi University."

Tommaso‘s main research interests are international trade, political economy and competitiveness

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Blog Post

Update of the EFIGE dataset

The EFIGE dataset on firms' competitivenes was recently updated by extending the panel-level balance sheet data until the year 2014. This post highlights the main features of the brand new data.

By: Tommaso Aquilante and Domenico Favoino Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: August 22, 2016
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Services in European manufacturing: servinomics explained

Making the manufacturing sector more competitive is vital to restore economic growth in Europe. Changing business models to sell services as well as products can provide useful revenue to manufacturers.

By: Tommaso Aquilante, Oscar F. Bustinza and Ferran Vendrell-Herrero Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: March 1, 2016
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The 'dos and don'ts' of a growth-friendly policy mix for the Euro area

Carlo Altomonte and Tommaso Aquilante highlight some clear ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ when looking at the fiscal/structural side of a growth-friendly policy mix for the euro area.

By: Carlo Altomonte and Tommaso Aquilante Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: October 2, 2014
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Internationalisation and innovation of firms

The analysis suggests that policymakers should coordinate, if not integrate, innovation and internationalisation policies in order to boost productivity and growth.

By: Carlo Altomonte, Tommaso Aquilante, Gábor Békés and Gianmarco Ottaviano Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: March 22, 2014
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Working Paper

The EU-EFIGE/Bruegel-Unicredit dataset

This paper describes the EU-EFIGE/Bruegel-UniCredit dataset (in short the EFIGE dataset), a database recently collected within the EFIGE project (European Firms in a Global Economy: internal policies for external competitiveness) supported by the Directorate General Research of the European Commission through its 7th Framework Programme and coordinated by Bruegel. • The database, for the first […]

By: Carlo Altomonte and Tommaso Aquilante Topic: Energy & Climate, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: October 4, 2012
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Triggering competitiveness: A 'decalogue' from new firm-level evidence

Competitiveness is one of the most debated issues in policy circles. But, what triggers it? Capitalising on the first existing harmonised cross-country dataset measuring the entire range of international activities of firms in seven European countries, this column identifies the triggers of competitiveness. It argues that policymaking could be improved by firm-level evidence if there were less reluctance to the use of micro-founded indicators to inform policy decisions.

By: Carlo Altomonte, Tommaso Aquilante and Gianmarco Ottaviano Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: August 23, 2012
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Blueprint

The triggers of competitiveness: The EFIGE cross-country report

What are the factors that will trigger the competitiveness of European firms? The authors of this study have worked intensively for three years on the question, as part of EFIGE (European Firms in the Global Economy), a Bruegel-headed research project on the topic. The conclusions of the report are based on a major EFIGE survey covering 15,000 firms in seven European countries, which is the first comparable dataset of its kind in Europe.

By: Carlo Altomonte, Tommaso Aquilante and Gianmarco Ottaviano Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: July 17, 2012