Michele Imbruno

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Michele Imbruno is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Verona. He is also an External Research Fellow at Nottingham Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP), University of Nottingham, UK. He received a Ph.D. in Economics (University of Nottingham, UK) and M.A. in International Economics (University of Sussex, UK). He also obtained a Ph.D. in Economics and Technology for Sustainable Development. His main research interests are in the field of International and Development Economics. His works mainly focus on “Heterogeneous Firms, International Trade and Foreign Direct Investments”. Before joining University of Verona, he was a Postdoc Research Fellow at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), CERDI – Université Clermont Auvergne – CNRS (France), and University of Foggia (Italy), as well as an Assistant Professor at IMT Lucca (Italy). He also worked as a Consultant for the World Bank, and as an Intern at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Assocamerestero. 


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Research interests
Topic Description Research area
JEL F12 - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies Analysis and theory of international trade in the presence of heterogeneous companies. Study of the impact of tariff policies on international trade, firm performance and consumer welfare, with related cost-benefit analysis and with particular attention to the design and revision of international exchange agreements and their economic effects. Macroeconomics, International Economics and Development
JEL F13 - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations Analysis of the incentives behind countries' unilateral choice of trade policies (e.g. import and export taxes) as well as the outcomes under retaliation. Given that the "trade wars" that follow the retaliations make all countries involved worst-off, those studies are then used to analyze how to design trade agreements to reach better outcomes for all countries involved. Analysis of the effects of trade reforms, on firms’ performance and their decision to trade. Macroeconomics, International Economics and Development
JEL F23 - Multinational Firms; International Business We study the dynamics of the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular of those exporting high quality products. Their performance both in terms of presence and flow of exports in several markets, both traditional and emerging, is analyzed, together with their economic and industrial policy determinants. We analyze, theoretically and empirically, how the presence of multinational firms affects domestic firms’ performance. Macroeconomics, International Economics and Development
International Factor Movements and International Business
JEL O19 - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations Analysis of the effects of the accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the European Union (EU), on the performance of firms located in emerging and developing economies, as well as on their decision to be involved in global value chains. Macroeconomics, International Economics and Development
Economic Development