PhD Degree is the highest level of academic education. It is a limited admission degree programme and lasts for at least three years. It allows graduates to develop methods and skills to pursue highly qualified research.
Short-term research fellowships allow Master’s Degree graduates to pursue short-term research (less than 12 months normally) including them in existing projects and research groups.
Research grants allow Master’s Degree graduates and PhDs to pursue research activities at the university or in the projects offered to the candidates.
In this section also a list of the ongoing research grants and topics [IT], including the area research fellowships and the research fellowships on specific projects.
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From a consolidated tradition of economic studies, research at the Department of Economics develops knowledge and understanding of economic phenomena dealing with the complexity of global market scenarios and exploring related social, juridical, ethical and environmental implications.
The main research areas include microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis of real and financial markets, quantitative methods for economic analysis, national and international law, welfare studies and social policies.
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The Department of Economics manages numerous research projects, both national and international, characterized by a multidisciplinary and innovative approach to those small, medium and large scale applications.
The projects are shown below according to the Research for Global Challenges promoted by the University, aimed at encouraging partnerships and enhancing the most promising researchers.
The transdisciplinary study of complex systems offers innovative solutions to outstanding scientific questions and global societal challenges. Pattern identification and the study of dynamic interactions in complex systems allow the development of models and simulation tools that fit stylized facts and can be applied in a variety of fields, ranging from climate projections to the implementation of risk management and mitigation strategies and the understanding of behaviours in socio-economic, and natural systems.
Expectations play a crucial role in determining the behaviour of many economic decision makers. The recent financial and economic crisis has highlighted the importance of expectation dynamics for economic development, the success of firm strategies and public policies. The innovative Training Network ExSIDE aims at improving our understanding of the role of expectation formation and social influence for economic dynamics and for the optimal design of economic policy. This agenda will be pursued by combining an interdisciplinary research agenda with an innovative European joint doctoral training programme, which provides Early Stage Researchers with a broad range of expertise and skills needed for a thorough analysis of expectation formation processes and their role in Economics. Both the research projects and the training activities will combine work in Behavioural Economics, Psychoanalysis, Opinion Formation, Network Theory, agentbased Simulation and Economic Modelling in different areas. The academic training will be complemented by extensive Transferable Skills Training Measures, Inter-Sectoral Training Measures, provided by non-academic partners, and Career Development Training. Interaction with stakeholders, policy makers and the general public will play an important role in pursuing the ExSIDE agenda and disseminating the results. The ExSIDE consortium consists of eight leading European universities and nine non-academic partners. Each Early Stage Researcher will be hosted by two universities, has a secondment with a non-academic partner and will graduate with a joint or double degree. The research and training in ExSIDE will ensure world-wide employability of the ExSIDE graduates inside and outside academia and will also boost the ability of European institutions and companies to develop efficient policies and strategies. ExSIDE will reinforce the establishment and long term sustainability of structured European joint doctoral programmes in Economics.
Researcher: Paolo Pellizzari; Call: MSCA - Innovative Training Networks; Length: 01/03/2016 - 28/02/2021; Budget: € 3.900.000 (Ca' Foscari: € 516.122,64)
The purpose of the EUTERPE (EUropean TERm Premium Estimation) project is to implement an innovative system producing timely and reliable estimates of the term premium and its components for government bonds of the Euro Area (EA). The project aims to fill an important gap in the existing literature by proposing an integrated procedure which relies on a novel multi-country term structure model with interrelation between yield curves, macro variables, volatility,and global factors. EUTERPE intends to equip the European policymakers with a new analytical tool for their monetary policy decisions and has potentially various applications in the financial industry, thereby representing a way to use knowledge in Europe effectively for business and policy purposes.
Researcher: Andrea Berardi; Call: MSCA - Individual Fellowship; Length: 01/04/2018 - 31/03/2020; Budget: € 180.277,20
During the second half of 2011 sovereign and banking risks increased in the Eurozone in an environment of weakening macroeconomic growth prospects. Contagion effects have become substantial also accelerated by the interplay between vulnerability of public finances and financial sector. Furthermore, bank funding pressures increased markedly thus feeding the fear of the Euro crash. The SYRTO project aims at exploring the relationships between sovereigns – banks and other financial intermediaries (BFIs) – corporations of the European Union with the following objectives:
SYRTO is conceived, articulated and devoted to lay the foundations for a better macro-economic and monetary integration in Europe. The expected impacts of the project are directed towards the developing of conceptual and analytical underpinnings for efficient macroprudential policies in order to reshaping the European economy and strengthening the political unity of the EU.
Researcher: Monica Billio; Call: 7th Framework Programme; Length: 01/03/2013 - 29/02/2016; Budget: € 695.048,00
Addressing social exclusion, discrimination and various forms of inequalities is a crucial challenge for the future of Europe and its citizens. Research on these themes benefits from innovative tools such as social innovation, a trans-disciplinary concept increasingly applied to a range of fields with the ultimate goal of removing barriers to participation in society, reducing inequalities, and promoting integration, inclusion and justice and healthcare by means of well designed public policies.
Europe is facing huge socio-economic challenges: an economic crisis with a young generation in search of jobs, population ageing potentially straining inclusion and innovation of our societies, climate change with its pressures to redesign energy,transport and housing patterns, just to name some of the most urgent “Grand Challenges”. SERISS brings together three research infrastructures in the social sciences: the European Social Survey (ESS), the Survey for Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe and the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). Also involved in SERISS are non-ESFRI research infrastructures: GGP - Generations and Gender Programme; EVS - European Values Survey and the WageIndicator Survey. The overarching objective of this project is to support the Union, the Commission and the Member States to tackle these challenges with a solid base of socio-economic evidence. The scientific objective of this project is to exploit the synergies among these three infrastructures to their fullest extent and to leverage these synergies to influence the still rather fragmented landscape of smaller infrastructures. Specific objectives are:
Researcher: Agar Brugiavini; Call: Commissione Europea - H2020; Length: 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2019; Budget: € 8.494.397,00 (a' Foscari: € 139.125,00)
HEPNESS establishes a transnational cooperation where cities, research and sport organizations advance new synergies to develop health and sport cities, enhancing cultural and natural assets and ecosystems services for the promotion of an active lifestyle. Integrating physical activity into daily lives is a creative process, where cities can enhance resources, before building new infrastructures. It is a process that requires the contribution of numerous cities departments and public private partnership amid cities, sport associations, tourism organizations, healthy and educational settings.
The central objective of this project is to improve European coverage, stability and cross-national comparability of SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, while a sustainable funding model will be negotiated with the member states, DG RTD, DG JRC and several policy-related DGs to fully implement SHAREERIC in all SHARE countries. SHARE is a research infrastructure to better understand and cope with population ageing created after a joint communication by the European Council and the European Parliament to the European Commission. It has been a huge success measured by the number of users, the number of scientific publications and its public policy support.The data has world-class value as proven by the many users also outside of the EU, especially in the US. The key value of SHARE lies in its strict cross-national comparability which permits unbiased cross-national comparisons of the economic, health and social situation of European citizens aged 50 and over. To obtain this key value, HARE aims to include all European countries, especially all EU member states. SHARE has made great progress during the first waves and has collected data in 21 countries. Moreover, substantial international coordination has to be done among these countries. To this end, SHARE has implemented an efficient and effective central management model.In contrast to this scientific and managerial success, the decentralized and member state-related funding is succeeding rather slowly in certain parts of the EU, for a host of structural reasons detailed below. This threatens the stability of SHARE, has stalled the inclusion of all EU member states, and is threatening its world-class standards. The project aims to enlarge SHARE-ERIC membership, enhance the technical architecture, introduce several scientific innovations, and support the central coordination which is crucial for the international cooperation and cross-national comparability.
The project envisages the expansion of the infrastructures for the realization of the Electronic Health Record, so that the relevant information concerning the social assistance of all citizens and in particular of the weakest categories is integrated, managed, analyzed and exploited in appropriate contexts.
Enabling the uptake of climate information and services in real decision-making processes and finding resilient and efficient alternatives to our fossil-based economy are among the key challenges of our society. Only a holistic approach that blends environmental sciences with geopolitical and economical studies can develop effective mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change and other environmental challenges.
ENERGYA will improve our understanding of how energy and energy services can be used by households and industries to adapt to the risk posed by climate change. Specifically, the project will develop an interdisciplinary and scalable research framework integrating data and methods from economics with geography, climate science, and integrated assessment modelling to provide new knowledge concerning heterogeneity in energy use across countries, sectors, socioeconomic conditions and income groups, and assess the broad implications adaptation-driven energy use can have on the economy, the environment, and welfare. The key novelty of ENERGYA is to link energy statistics and energy survey data with high spatial resolution data from climate science and remote sensing, including high-resolution spatial data on meteorology, population and economic activity distribution, electrification, and the built environment. ENERGYA has three main objectives:
Given the central role of energy as multiplier for socioeconomic development and as enabling condition for climate resilience, the research proposed in ENERGYA will result in timely insights for the transition towards sustainability described by the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations as well as the Paris International Climate Agreement.
Researcher: Enrica De Cian; Call: ERC Starting Grant; Length: 01/02/2018 - 29/02/2023; Budget: € 1.495.000,00
The EeDaPP Project intends to deliver large-scale, granular technical and financial data related to energy efficient mortgages by way of a standardised data protocol to be accessed through a common, centralised portal. Three key outputs will be: the definition of specific reporting criteria for the gathering of data on energy efficient mortgages; the design and delivery of the standardised protocol for the gathering, processing and disclosing of such data, and the design of a centralised portal; the analysis of data gathered to further integrate ‘green value’ in property valuation and substantiate the correlation between energy efficiency and risk.In this way, the EeDaPP Project builds on and complements the ongoing EeMAP Project, which is intended to design an energy efficient mortgage financing mechanism.
How do we guarantee sustainable development in this important sector? Thanks to a European project, Ca’ Foscari will face the challenge in three Adriatic regions (Veneto, Puglia and Istria) and three destinations: Split, Dubrovnik and Venice, all of which are affected by an excessive amount of pressure from tourists. The BLUTOURSYSTEM- Knowledge platform, skills and creative synergies for blue tourism ecosystem development, is financed by the communal border cooperation Interreg Italy-Croatia. The first objective is to increase the awareness of the phenomenon at all levels. It will have developed an observation of tourist dynamics: public administration, citizens and tourists can consult an interactive online map to review the flow of tourism and make more informed decisions. Additionally, the project team will open a comparison between all the players involved on the two Adriatic shores: hotels, restaurants, public transport bodies, tour guides, tour operators, to name a few. The expected results include an increase in tourism investments in coastal areas in terms of eco-innovation and competitiveness, while promoting and encouraging a diversified and creative offer of cross-border tourism.
Researcher: Jan Van der Borg; Call: Interreg Italia-Croazia; Length: 01/01/2018 - 30/06/2019; Budget: € 1.037.050,00 (Ca' Foscari: € 324.450,00)
The Mediterranean is under threat due to the inappropriate practice and development associated with mass tourism. As a consequence areas of high tourist attraction in coastal cities are reaching their limit on carrying capacity, with a direct impact not only on the urban environment but on key elements that define MED Culture.In this context, ALTER ECO enhances the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean Identity through the implementation of alternative tourist strategies in 6 pilots co-designed and implemented by public and private stakeholders. The project provides the opportunity of testing, in representative MED cities, used as LIVING LAB, existing methodologies and tools arisen in previous high impact projects in the field of sustainable tourism or proposed by key stakeholders, with the aim of reaching holistic and realistic tourist strategies at local and regional level that allow transferability in the MED territory. Project results will support policy makers to make more informed and integrated decisions for the governance and management of tourism in the Mediterranean and at the same time will enhance the coordination of actions between public and private stakeholders towards the implementation of the raised strategies in order to create new business opportunities. ALTER ECO will contribute to improve knowledge and decision making capacities, including a better use of observation, monitoring and planning in the field of sustainable tourism MED"
Researcher: Jan Van der Borg; Call: Interreg MED; Lenght: 01/11/2016 - 30/04/2019; Budget: € 2.293.630,00 (Ca' Foscari: € 354.381,25)
In the EU, buildings are responsible for 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. By improving the energy efficiency (EE) of buildings, the EU’s total energy consumption could be reduced by 5-6% and CO2 emissions by 5%. Considering that the building stock constitutes the largest single energy consumer in the EU, and that the value of the European mortgage market is equal to 53% of EU’s GDP, there is huge potential to bridge financial innovation and the EE world and to unlock the benefits of mortgage financing to support EE to the benefit of all. The EeMAP Project intends to deliver a standardised framework based on a market benchmark to stimulate EE investment by households in the EU’s housing stock by way of a private banking financing mechanism. Three key outputs will be: a framework for a building energy passport, recording the EE history of a property by recognising the improvements made; a framework that can integrate the “green value” of a property through EE and collected market data; the framework for an EE mortgage product. Accordingly, EE investment will become financially viable, as market transparency will be improved. The Project will create synergies in the mortgage and covered bond value chain, delivering a virtuous circle between lenders, borrowers and investors from the origination of the energy efficient mortgage to the pooling of EE collateral for the purpose of energy efficient covered bonds. EeMAP has long-term potential to drive housing markets across Europe in a sustainable manner and encourage significant energy reductions in line with the EU’s aspirations and global climate change demands. Concretely, issuing 35,000 green mortgages a year can achieve savings of 88 GWh per annum. The EeMAP Project brings together all the necessary competencies (financial, building and EE, property valuation, energy provision and data) to develop a credible, workable and marketable pan-European energy efficient mortgage initiative.
Shapetourism improves the tourism knowledge framework, providing analysis and operational tools to pinpoint an integrated methodology to shape and drive tourism sustainable growth, particularly for Cultural Destinations.It supports policymakers and private operators to achieve: attractiveness, growth and sustainability, taking into account the major challenges of global competition. Starting from the capitalization of scientific studies and from tourism established patterns, the project gears towards the balance between divergent public and private interests with the final scope to drive tourism development to an holistic, highly operational and sustainable approach. Project provides:
The presence in many European countries of artificial waterways and connected natural hydrography can be considered a relevant cultural heritage. Characterized by an intrinsic hydraulic complexity, this heritage goes back far in time at least to the Middle Age, develops further during the Renaissance and reaches its maturity during the industrial era. In some cases, this hydraulic network is already a tourist resort; in other cases, it is a hidden potential for sustainable development. Such a precious, historic heritage deserves today a renewed, coordinated commitment to its re-valuation, by considering both the structural hydraulic works (canals, bridges, locks, shipyards, mills, quays) and the historic artefacts in peril (traditional wooden boats).
The project aims to promote the knowledge and rehabilitation of European historic waterways and rivers cultural heritage. Such a connection between natural and artificial water networks favoured the expansion of urban centres and the development and expansion of trade, thus interacting with flood control strategies and the construction of rural landscapes. It is therefore necessary to develop new, more coordinated strategies to promote memory and identity of river cultures, linking the institutional activities and encouraging the exchange of experiences. Other relevant objective is to develop new opportunities for ecotourism and outdoor recreation along the European waterways, as a driver of sustainable development.
Researcher: Francesco Vallerani; Call: JPI - Cultural Heritage; Length: 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2017; Budget: € 786.353,00 (Ca' Foscari: € 238.400,00)
CLIMADAPT is an EU-funded project focused on supporting ENPI-South countries in tackling Climate Change through the implementation of new educational programs and the foundation of sustainable structures. Climate Change is one of the most important issues facing society today in the Mediterranean region. Given the trans-boundary nature of this phenomenon, a regional approach is necessary to holistically address the issue. Training of local professionals in the field of climate change management is therefore a priority for countries to be able to implement actions in adaptation and mitigation measures. Three main activities will be undertaken during the CLIMADAPT project:
In the context of the post-2007 global financial crisis, new frameworks and tools need to be analysed and developed. Moving towards a more competitive economy and a resilient society requires a deeper understanding of current trends and the development of new tools for innovation management. Similarly, the global business revolution draws on digital innovation and the adoption of disruptive technologies, new business models, and strategies based on creative thinking and deeper understanding of the growing volumes of data and information available.
MAKERS will bring together leaders from business, academia and policy to study issues related to the drivers and dynamics of sustaining the competitiveness of EU manufacturing sectors. The project’s innovative research, training and mobility activities will address key concerns related to the historic opportunity for the EU to lead a manufacturing renaissance that not only upgrades existing manufacturing competences but, more importantly, develops new technological capabilities across EU regions to support regional industrial resilience for more distributed and sustainable socio-economic growth and prosperity. MAKERS will create a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss the current understanding of issues related to manufacturing renaissance, including:
MAKERS’ training programme comprises:
Researcher: Mario Volpe; Call: MSCA RISE - H2020; Length: 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2019; Budget: € 1.057.500,00 (Ca' Foscari: € 126.000,00)
Researchers and local institutions involved in the challenge faced by three regions on the Adriatic Coast (Veneto, Puglia, Istria) and three destinations: Split, Dubrovnik, Venice.
The prestigious medicine magazine published a report about how the Ca’ Foscari team, alongside the Italian President, have influenced the decisions made at the G7 Health Ministerial Meeting held in Milan in November 2017.
The University Ca’ Foscari of Venice has won 15 ‘Marie Curie’ individual research fellowships, placing it among the 10 European Universities for winning these fellowships, and setting a new Italian record. The overall grant for Ca’ Foscari amounts to 3.2 million euros.
Irene Mammi is a researcher in econometrics at the Department of Economics at Ca’ Foscari. Her latest research focused on inappropriate use of the ER.
Ca' Foscari takes part of the meetings between universities and young economists in London where Serena Trucchi, at the time researcher at UCL, was found to become a researcher in Venice.
Researchers at Ca’ Foscari have developed a model to evaluate the management of any museums or cultural institution beyond the mere balance sheets, testing it on the Civic Museums of Venice.
Decisions that will be taken at the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Health that will be open by Minister Beatrice Lorenzin tomorrow in Milan have followed an intense dialogue with the international scientific community.
Rimini, Florence, Rome, Lecce are only a few tragic examples of violence against women. Violence is presented by media as the result of a moment of insanity and jealousy. Is that really so?
Researchers of the Department of Economics have explored that question and presented their results in a public encounter dedicated to the ‘non-traditional’ hospitality industry gathering Sharing Economy and digital technology.
Economists of Ca' Foscari University of Venice and of Pavia University publish a paper about Italian personal income tax (Irpef) tax credits and increasing health inequalities.