Project team

On behalf of Eurostat the project is coordinated by Dario Buono and Maria Serfioti.


Dr George KAPETANIOS is a Professor of Finance and Econometrics at King’s Colledge London. He has been Professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he has also been Head of the School of Economics and Finance between 2007 and 2014. His main research focuses are on the econometrics of structural change, the analysis of large datasets and applications of these to empirical finance and macro-economics. He has widely published in econometrics and finance and has been, and continues to be, heavily involved in the development of innovative postgraduate degrees in finance with a special focus on graduate employability. Dr Kapetanios holds a MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Cambridge University.

Dr Massimiliano MARCELLINO is Professor of Econometrics in the Economics Department of Bocconi University and a fellow of CEPR, IGIER and EABCN. Previously, he held the Pierre Werner Chair on the Monetary Union at the European University Institute, where he was also the Director of the Department of Economics (on leave from Bocconi University). He has published over eighty academic articles in leading international journals on econometrics, applied macroeconomics, economic statistics and forecasting, his main areas of research and teaching. He is currently an editor of the Journal of Forecasting and the coordinator of the European Forecasting Network. Dr Marcellino holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute of Florence.

Dr James MITCHELL is Professor of Economic Modelling and Forecasting at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Previously, he was Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Leicester. Prior to that, he worked at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in London for twelve years, rising to be a Senior Research Fellow. His research has been widely published in leading academic journals such as The Economic Journal, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, International Journal of Forecasting and Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. He is currently an Associate Editor at the International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Applied Econometrics and Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. Dr Mitchell holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Official statisticians

Mr Gian Luigi MAZZI is Technical Director at GOPA Luxembourg. He studied at the University of Rome where he graduated in Political Science and Statistics. Since then, he has been working in national and international statistical organizations for more than 40 years. He has a wide experience in statistical and econometric fields and also in the preparation and editing of guidelines, books and handbooks. He has written several articles and working papers on seasonal adjustment, business cycle analysis, forecasting, modelling, Big Data, etc. 

Mr Edwin de JONGE is a methodologist at Statistics Netherlands, with a long experience in data visualization, big data, machine learning and R programming as well as training in R-programming and Data Science for Tridata. His background in theoretical and computational physics explaines his research interest in computational statistics, including numerical methods and his focus on using complexity science in combination with visualization methods for exploratory data analysis including visualization of uncertainty. Mr de Jonge is co-author of "Data cleaning with applications in R" as well as several R software packages on data cleaning, large data sets and visualization.

Advisers to policy makers

Dr Tiziana LAURETI is  Professor and Vice-Director of Economical Statistics at the Economics, Engineering, Society and Business Organisation department of the University of Tuscia-Viterbo. Her research interests range from applied works in demand analysis and consumer behaviour, environmental statistics, to aspects in theory and practice of temporal and spatial consumer price indexes, purchasing power parities and frontier efficiency econometrics. Dr Laureti is also member of the international research group for comparing consumer prices across geographical areas. In this context she contributed in several conferences and technical meeting related to the International Comparison Program of the World Bank. Dr Laureti has a PhD in Applied Statistics by the University of Florence, Department of Statistics.