We are an international team of applied economists who are active in the fields of productivity, innovation, entrepreneurship and quality of life studies. Our mission is to contribute to the understanding of Luxembourg’s social and economic evolution in a comparative perspective. To this purpose, we analyse entrepreneurial dynamics, innovation and productivity using mainly firm and industry-level data collected by STATEC. We investigate the economic dimensions of environmental and sustainability issues, as well as social cohesion and people’s quality of life.
Our research contributes to the international scientific debate as well as to inform and provide new perspectives for policy making.
We collaborate with scholars at the Tinbergen Institute at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Beta lab at the University of Strasbourg, the University of Maastricht, the University of Luxembourg and the Higher School of Economics at St. Petersburg. We supervise PhD and Master students in collaboration with the respective universities. We also participate in the OECD and the European Commission working groups.
Our main projects by research areas :
- LuxKlems: the goal of this project is the measurement of total factor productivity and its determinants. Each year, the LuxKLEMS database is compiled using National Accounts data, to give economic indicators essential for the assessment of economic performance and growth. Productivity indices are computed using frontier methods for the national economy and for manufacturing and service industries. The project also aims to explore novel measures of productivity, methods and issues. One example is the elaboration of indicators that take into account green-house gases emissions. (This project is supported by the Observatoire de la Compétitivité, Luxembourg).
- LuxProd: This project aims to understand the sources of the efficiency in the allocation of production factors among producers which is an important driving force of aggregate productivity growth. In addition to measuring and analysing allocative efficiency in the main sectors using micro data, this project investigates the channel through which openness to international trade influences allocative efficiency and productivity growth in Luxembourg’s economy. The project is supported by the National Research Fund, Luxembourg, and co-funded under the Marie-Curie Actions of the European Commission (FP7-COFUND).
2. Labour market dynamics
- LuxForSkill: The project studies the impact of labour migration on economic performance and the role of commuters and immigrants in production. The empirical analysis is performed using Luxembourgish matched employer-employee data. The project is supported by the National Research Fund, Luxembourg, and co-funded under the Marie-Curie Actions of the European Commission (FP7-COFUND).
- LuxEmpTrade: The relationship between globalization and employment is of increasing importance to policy makers. In this project, we put unemployment and wage inequality in a small open economy perspective and investigate the labour market implications of globalization on both empirical and theoretical fronts. (The project is supported by the National Research Fund, Luxembourg.)
3. Innovation drivers and Entrepreneurship
- DICE: This project seeks to investigate empirically the extent to which innovation performance by Luxembourgish firms affects their competitiveness and their ability to create jobs. The use of dynamic models on firm-level panel allows us to disentangle the various dynamic factors at the root of innovation, competitiveness and job creation. (The project is supported by the National Research Fund, Luxembourg.)
- GEM: the Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring (GEM) consortium aims to collect and analyse data on entrepreneurship, a key contributor to innovation and productivity. We participate in the GEM project with the aim of analysing the characteristics and the impact of entrepreneurship in Luxembourg in a comparative perspective. (This project is supported by the Ministry of Economics and the Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg).
- Innovation and standards: Standards are important for economic activity because they perform fundamental functions such as interoperability, quality assurance, information and measurement. This research investigates the links of standards and standardization to innovation and productivity. Applications include the role of standards in ICT and environmental performances.
4. Social cohesion and quality of life
- A portrait of the Social Economy in Luxembourg: Policy-makers and scholars argue that social enterprises are new forms of economic organization to promote a sustainable economy. In this context, this project aims at identifying social enterprises in Luxembourg, and estimating their economic and social outcomes. (This project is supported by the Ministry of Labour).
- PIBien-être: The recent development of social sciences, and particularly of economics, shows that it is possible to reliably monitor people’s welfare beyond its traditional income-based measures. The project aims to provide an accurate portraying of people’s quality of life in Luxembourg. Related research investigates the links between economic outcomes and well-being.
Working papers and reports :
- Blind, K., Peterson S.S. and Riillo, C.A.F. (2017), The Impact of Standards and Regulation on Innovation in Uncertain Markets, Research Policy vol. 46(1), 249–264
- Fumarco, L. and B. G. Gibbs (2017), Commentary: “How Much is that Player in the Window? The One with the Early Birthday?” Relative Age Influences the Value of the Best Soccer Players, but Not the Best Businesspeople, Frontiers in Psychology 858,
- Riillo, C.A.F. (2017), Beyond the question "Does it Pay to be Green?": How much green? and when?, Journal of Cleaner Production vol. 141, 626-640
- Bartolini, S. and F. Sarracino (2016), Twenty-five year of materialism: do the US and Europe diverge?, Social Indicators Research,
- Bartolini, S., Bilancini, E. and F. Sarracino (2016), Social capital predicts happiness: world-wide evidence from time series, in S. Bartolini, L. Bruni and P. Porta (eds.), Policies for Happiness
- Kilinc U. (2016), Productivity slowdown and misallocation in the post-recession: What prevents recovery?, Journal of Technology Transfer,
- Peroni, C., Riillo, C.A.F. and Sarracino F. (2016), Entrepreneurship and immigration: evidence from GEM Luxembourg, Small Business Economics vol. 46(4), 639-656. DOI: 10.1007/s11187-016-9708-y
- Sarracino, F. and M. Mikucka (2016), Social capital in Europe from 1990 to 2012: trends and convergence, Social Indicators Research
Jobs and research visiting
We welcome visiting researchers at our premises. Visiting researchers are expected to further develop our research areas. Please submit your proposal (short project description and CV) to the Head of Division chiara.peroni(at)statec.etat.lu.