Marco Vivarelli (MAE, Catholic University, UNU-MERIT, IZA, GLO)

Ph.D. in Economics and Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy, is full professor at the Catholic University of Milano, where he is also Director of the Department of Economic Policy.
He is member of the Academia Europaea.
He is Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht; Research Fellow at IZA, Bonn; Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). He is member of the Scientific Executive Board of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES, Istanbul); member of the International Board of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO, Vienna) and has been scientific consultant for the International Labour Office (ILO), World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the European Commission.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Eurasian Business Review, Editor of Small Business Economics, Associate Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change, Associate Editor of Economics E-Journal, member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability and he has served as referee for more than 80 international journals.

He is author/editor of various books and his papers have been published in journals such as Cambridge Journal of Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Labour Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Regional Studies, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Southern Economic Journal, World Bank Research Observer, World Development.

His current research interests include the relationship between innovation, employment and skills; the labour market and income distribution impacts of globalization; the entry and post-entry performance of newborn firms.


Alexander Lembcke (Economist, OECD)

Alexander C. Lembcke is an Economist and Policy Analyst at the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities in Paris. His role is to provide thematic research and empirical evidence that underpins the policy-focused work. In this capacity, he is responsible for economic analysis on productivity, transport infrastructure and innovation in cities and regions. He leads the team working on quantitative research on entrepreneurship, the growth of SMEs and determinants of “scaling up”.
Alexander is also a member of the OECD Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre (Italy) that analyses the mechanism that support the catching up of regions and cities that are lagging behind the productivity frontier. He has co authored many articles and reports, including the recently launched OECD report “Productivity and Jobs in a Globalised World: (How) Can All Regions Benefit?”, the OECD Regional Outlooks and “The Metropolitan Century: Understanding Urbanisation and its Consequences”.
Prior to joining the OECD, Alexander was a member of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and worked as a Tutorial Fellow for the LSE’s Economics Department and as an external consultant for the World Bank. Alexander holds a PhD in Economics from the LSE and Master level degrees from the LSE and the Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany.