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Francesco Di Comite

Francesco Di Comite

Francesco Di Comite is currently leading the Regional Economic Modelling (REMO) team of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain.

He was awarded his undergraduate degree from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, and his Master and PhD in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He started his career as a UCLouvain researcher specialised in international trade, industrial organisation, location theory, publishing papers on non-homothetic demand preferences to explain firm-level export patterns, which granted him the inclusion in the RePEc list of the 100 top young world economists in the category "5 years or less since the first publication".

After short research stays in the Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Committee for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand, and the Research Department of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), Washington D.C., USA, Francesco joined the European Commission in 2011 as a country desk officer for Latvia in DG ECFIN, where he worked on the analysis of the Balance-of-Payment crisis of the country, interacting with colleagues from the IMF, World Bank, central banks and national institutions. In 2013 Francesco moved to the DG JRC to work on model-based impact assessment of European Cohesion Policy and investments in EU regions, supporting the developments of the Spatial Computable General Equilibrium (SCGE) model RHOMOLO maintained by the REMO team.

Francesco’s current main research interests include regional development, external competitiveness measurement, urban economics, impact assessment techniques and their policy applications.