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Dr Roberto Simonetti

Dr Roberto Simonetti
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom
MK7 6AA

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Economics

Qualifications

Laurea In Economics and Business (Rome)
MSc in Science, Technology and Industrialisation (Sussex)
DPhil in Science and Technology Policy Studies (Sussex)

Professional affiliations

Member of INNOGEN, ESRC Centre for Innovation in Genomics Industries (UK).
Member of the Board of Management of the International J.A. Schumpeter Society (innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth): 2004-2008.
Member of the EU Network of Excellence 'Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe (DIME).
Contributor to the UNCTAD 2006 Least Developed Countries Report 'Developing Productive Capacities' with a background report on finance for industrial development in Mozambique.
Honorary Fellowship in the School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh, April 2003 - March 2006.
Honorary Research Associate of the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC), Manchester.
Member (2000-2002) of an EU-funded project that aims to assess the impact of technological innovation and globalization on economic growth and employment.

Course development and teaching

Course team chair of Understanding Economic Behaviour: Households, Firms and Markets (D319).

Contributions to course production: You and Your Money (DB123); An introduction to the social sciences: understanding social change (DD100); A world of whose making? (DU301); Governing Europe (DD200).

Director of Teaching - Economics
Co-ordinator of the Economics submission to the QAA Subject Review (2001).

Research interests

Research Fields

Innovation and technology policy; evolutionary and institutional theories in economics; theory of the firm; technology and development; finance and development; mergers and acquisitions; technology, globalization and employment; pluralism in Economics.

Recent research activities

Institution, Innovation and Industrial Dynamics in Emerging Economies, 30 November 2007, The Open University in London (with Elif Bascavusoglu)

Invited contribution to the discussion panel ‘Responding to Globalisation: Opportunism & Strategy’ in the workshop ‘The Internationalisation of Chinese and Indian firms: Trends, Motivations and Strategy’, United Nations University (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht, the Netherlands, 5-6 September, 2008.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Roberto Simonetti, Éric Archambault, Grégoire Côté, Dinar Kale (2007) 'The Dynamics of Pharmaceutical Patenting in India: Evidence from USPTO Data', Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, vol.19, no.5, pp. 625-642

Roberto Simonetti, Marc Wuyts and Anna Wuyts-Fivawo (2007) ‘Banking on rural innovation for poverty reduction: A case study of value-chain lending in Mozambique’, European Journal of Development Research, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 136-155

Roberto Simonetti (2007) 'The impact of the Economics Benchmarking Statement on pluralism in economics teaching in the UK', Chapter 6, pp.104-122, in Groenewegen, John (ed.) Teaching Pluralism in Economics, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar

Tancioni, M. and Simonetti R. (2002) 'A macroeconometric model for the analysis of the impact of technological change and trade on employment', Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, vol. 13: pp. 185-221.

Himmelweit, S., Simonetti, R. and Trigg, A. (eds) (2001) Microeconomics: Neoclassical and Institutional Perspectives, International Thompson Press.

Chesnais, F., Ietto, Gillies, G. and Simonetti, R. (eds) (2000) European Integration and Global Corporate Strategies, London, Routledge.

Chesnais, F. and Simonetti R. (2000) ‘Globalisation, foreign direct investment and innovation: a European perspective’, Ch. 1 in European Integration and Global Corporate Strategies by Chesnais, Ietto-Gillies and Simonetti (Eds), pp 3-24.

Ietto-Gillies, G., Meschi, M. and Simonetti R. (2000) ‘Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions: Patterns in the EU and Effects’, Ch. 3 in European Integration and Global Corporate Strategies by Chesnais, Ietto-Gillies and Simonetti (Eds), pp 52-70.

Simonetti, R., Taylor, K. and Vivarelli, M. (2000) 'Modelling the employment impact of innovation: do compensation mechanisms work?' in Pianta, M. and Vivarelli, M. (eds) The Employment Impact of Innovation: Evidence and Policy, Elgar.

Dalum, B., Freeman, C., Simonetti, R., von Tunzelmann, N. and Verspagen, B. (1999) 'Europe and the information and communication technologies revolution' in Fagerberg, J., Guerrieri, P. and Verspagen, B. (eds) The Economic Challenge for Europe: Adapting to innovation-based Growth, Elgar.

Archibugi, D. and Simonetti, R. (1998) 'Objects and subjects in technological interdependence. Towards a framework to monitor innovation', International Journal of the Economics of Business, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 295-309.

Meliciani, V. and Simonetti, R. (1998) 'Specialization in areas of strong technological opportunity and economic growth' in Eliasson, G., Green, C. and McCann, C. (eds) Microfoundations of Economic Growth: A Schumpeterian Perspective, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Last updated: 9 November 2012