Venice centre in Economic and Risk Analytics for public policies

VERA Centre

The Venice centre in Economic and Risk Analytics for Public Policies (VERA) is the new Centre of the Department of Economics focusing on big data applied to social welfare and wellbeing, risk analytics and evaluation of public policies. A primary aim of the Centre is to inform policy makers and to provide scientific support for decisions concerning several policy challenges such as the sustainability of welfare systems, the phenomenon of migration, the effects of climate change, the mitigation strategies of environmental impacts, the emergence of policy and financial instability.

Venice centre in Economic and Risk Analytics for public policies (VERA)

The activities of the Centre will address four of the Ca’ Foscari Research Institutes for Global Challenges (Complexity, Social Innovation, International Studies, Green and Blue Growth) through methodologies and advanced systems based on the use of big data, social networks, georeferencing, experimental data (lab and field experiments).

One of the most important goals is to enhance production and use of big data and to develop economic, mathematical and statistical models applicable to different economic sectors such as agriculture and environment, health, finance and sustainability. These models will be in line with the objectives of industry 4.0 and the digital transformation.

The VERA Centre is funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research [ITA] through the Department of Excellence Project.


Innovating research

Innovating research methods, adapting them to calculation models that can exploit the great potential of microdata and big data from different sources.

Strengthening research

Strengthening experimental research conducted in lab and field (lab and field experiments).

Improving public policies

Widening the fields of application of the analysis of and methodologies for the evaluation of public policies in order to improve their quality and effectiveness.

Training future decision makers

Training future economists and analysts able to provide scientific support for analysis and to identify potential public policy actions.

Attracting international talents

Enhancing international talent selection and recruitment in order to set up an international multidisciplinary and multicultural research team with the best talents on board.


Bayesian Multivariate Models and Forecasting in Economics and Finance

The summer school organized by the Italian Econometric Association (SIdE) in collaboration with the VERA centre will take place in Venice from 24th to 28th August 2020. If Covid-19 restrictions persist, the course will be delivered on-line at reduced fees. For Ca' Foscari PhD and master students the reduced fee is 30 Euro excluding accommodation. Application deadline is July 15th 2020, while the deadline for Fee Payment is August 10th 2020.

Get to know our brand-new Master's Degree in Data Analytics for Business and Society

Two study paths: Business Application; Fintech and Bigtech.
Main courses: Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence; Digital Business Modelling; Computer Programming and Data Management; Digital Marketing and Customer Analytics; Policy Evaluation; etc.
Limited admission: 65 available positions.
Online pre-enrolment must be completed by 12 noon on July 31th 2020.
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Covid-19: 'soft' measures can avoid the second peak

New epidemic model by economists Dario Palumbo (Ca' Foscari University of Venice) and Salvatore Lattanzio (University of Cambridge), in a study that considers "submerged" cases and their evolution over time. In Lombardy and London, only a minimal part of the cases are detected.
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VERA and the Professional Association of Certified Public Accountants, Auditors and Advisors

VERA Centre is involved in a collaboration with the 13 association of Certified Public Accountants, Auditors and Advisors of Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia, in order to analyze the performance of corporations in the Triveneto area. The report has been presented in 13 events throughout the three regions.