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John Van Reenen

John Van Reenen is Ronald Coase School Professor at the London School of Economics and the Gordon Billard Professor at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (jointly in the MIT Economics Department and Sloan Management School). He has published over a hundred papers on many areas in economics with a particular focus on firm performance and the causes and consequences of innovation.

University of Sheffield

Enrico Vanino

Enrico is a lecturer at the Department of Economics of the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on issues related to international economics, regional economics, firms’ productivity and the economics of innovation. He collaborates with NIESR and the UK ERC, and prior to joining the University of Sheffield he has worked as a fellow in economic geography at the London School of Economics.

University of Oxford

Carlos Vargas-Silva

Carlos Vargas-Silva is Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the interaction of migration with labour markets and public services. He was Principal Investigator and Consortium Leader for the Horizon 2020 REMINDER project, which explored, among other topics, issues related to the impacts of migrant inflows on access to public services, including the National Health Service, and health outcomes.


Guglielmo Ventura

Guglielmo’s main research interests are in the economics of education and training. He is particularly interested in post-16 education choices in England and their effect on education progression and labour market outcomes. In the past he has been involved in projects looking at young people’s access to apprenticeships and their impact on earnings. He is also interested in studying the determinants of firms’ investment in workforce training and apprenticeships. 

London School of Economics

Maria Ventura

Maria is a PhD candidate in Economics at the London School of Economics. Her research focuses on labour and pubilc economics. She is particularly interested in intergenerational mobility, and how this is affected by the way individuals make choices regarding their occupations. Maria also works on migration and, more recently, on how the crisis has affected self-employed workers.

University of Brescia

Elena Verdolini

Elena Verdolini is Professor of Political Economy at the Law Department, University of Brescia and Head of the Sustainable Innovation Unit at the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change. She is the PI of the 2D4D ERC project and Lead Author of the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC, WGIII. She is an applied economist focusing on innovation dynamics and the economic and distributional impacts of environmental and energy policies.