Antonio Andreoni

Antonio Andreoni is Doctoral Researcher in Development Studies and Invited Academic Visitor at the Centre for Industry and Government, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. He is also international consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. summa cum laude in Economics (Bologna) and a M.Phil. in Development Studies (Cambridge). Among the others, he is Luca d’Agliano Scholar, Seung Jun Lee Scholar, Ernst Mach Scholar, Member of Clare Hall and Research Associate in Economic Analysis at the University of Bologna. He was awarded the XIX Fausto Vicarelli National Award by the Italian Economics Society (SIE) and selected for the Stiglitz Advanced Graduate Workshop on Poverty, Development and Globalization (2010).


Antonio’s current line of investigation started in 2008 at the University of Cambridge under the lead of Dr Ha-Joon Chang and focuses on factors responsible for the development and underdevelopment of industrial systems. His doctoral research Manufacturing Development: Structural Change and Production Capabilities Dynamics outlines an innovative framework and measuring tools for capturing cumulative processes of structural change triggered by technological learning and increasing returns, both at the sectoral and inter-sectoral level (agriculture – manufacture – production related services interfaces). Opportunities, constraints and complementarities embedded in production structures are explored in view of disentangling industrial dynamics and designing production-based industrial policies. Since 2011 Antonio’s research has been concentrating on industrial policymaking and technology promotion (based at the Centre of Development Studies with a specific focus on the Italian 1950s-60s case, and based at IfM and UNIDO with a specific focus on Viet Nam); he has also been developing and validating a set of industrial diagnostics aimed at designing effective and selective measures for transforming industrial systems (based at UNIDO and Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw). As an international consultant at UNIDO, Antonio validated the Competitive Industrial Performance (CIP) Index and is working as the main author of the CIP UNIDO Report (forthcoming); he is also evaluating the impact of the financial crisis on manufacturing output and employment across countries; finally, is developing (and testing with companies data sets and skills surveys in Tanzania) an analytical framework for assessing industrial skills and for stylizing industry-specific skills profiles.


During his PhD in Cambridge, as co-convenor of CAMHIST at Clare Hall Antonio also pursued parallel lines of investigation in the history of economic analysis; also, as co-founder and co-convenor of Market Square – The Polity, Economy and Society Cambridge research group at CRASSH Antonio promoted research and conferences on social economy and welfare states, market embedding in society and polity, evidence-based policy making.


Since 2004 as a researcher, but also as a teacher, practitioner and consultant for the private and public sectors, Antonio has also been investigating specific micro-finance techniques and institutional formats aimed at providing the economic system with an inclusive financial infrastructure. By looking at the specific credit processes, scoring tools and services provided by the financial sector and, on the other hand, at the evolving needs expressed mainly by micro-firms, SMEs and families, his research has been able to identify and test fundamental mismatches between demand and supply and to propose innovative credit policies. Among the others, as a result of his research, Antonio was appointed Adjunct Professor in Ethical Banking and Microcredit at the University of Bologna (Master level).

Research Interests: 

Structural Change and Inter-sectoral Dynamics, Production and Technological Capabilities, Learning in Manufacturing, Operation Management. Industrial Systems, Industrial benchmarking, Industrial and Innovation Policies, Institutional Change, Microfinance and Cooperatives, Welfare State.