We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
A key responsibility of the Regional Economic Modelling (REMO) team is to provide analytical support to EU policy making. The key instrument used for this purpose is the spatial computable general equilibium model RHOMOLO, although Input-Output and econometric models are also used. The policy-support activity of the team is summed up here.
A RHOMOLO web tool is available to users who want to understand how a simplified version of the model works by running basic simulations with three illustrative shocks (to labour productivity, total factor productivity, and transport costs). Starting from 2018, the analyses carried out by the Regional Economic Modelling team are published in the JRC Working Papers series on Territorial Modelling.
In order to run the model, the team has developed, and constantly updates, a dataset including a consistent set of Social Accounting Matrices (SAMs) for all the EU NUTS2 regions disaggregated into 10 NACE Rev.2 sectors, plus additional information on specific variables related, for instance, to the labour market and to transportation costs (you can access all the publicly available RHOMOLO data here).
For more information, please use this contact form, or have a look at the following personal pages to contact a specific team member.
Javier Barbero joined the JRC in 2016. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics, an MSc in International Economics, and a PhD in Economics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Javier is one of the RHOMOLO model developers, he is working on a version of the model including firm heterogeneity, and he also uses econometric methods when required by the nature of the issues under scrutiny. His main fields of interest are the following: Economic Theory, Spatial Economics, New Economic Geography, International Economics, Regional and Urban Economics, Econometrics, Networks, and Computational Economics.
Martin Christensen joined the JRC in 2013 as Research Fellow at the Information Society Unit where he developed a CGE model for the analysis of the economic impact of public ICT R&D subsidies. In 2016 he moved to the REMO team and became one of the RHOMOLO model developers. Prior to joining the JRC, Martin worked as Senior Economist at the Danish Rational Economic Agent Model (DREAM), an independent research unit under the Danish Ministry of Finance. Martin has a MSc in Corporate and International Finance from Durham University, and a MA in Economics and Public Administration from Roskilde University. His current work in the REMO team focusses on the modelling of labour market participation, welfare and the modelling of R&D and technological spill-overs.
Andrea Conte is currently the project leader of the REMO team. He holds a PhD and MSc in Economics from CORIPE and the Economics Department of the University of Turin. He was a visiting Research Fellow at the CNR (Italian National Research Council), ISTAT (Italian National Statistical Office), ILO (International Labour Organization) and Birkbeck College (London). He was Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena from 2005 to 2007. Andrea joined the European Commission in 2008 in the Directorate General for Economic & Financial Affairs (ECFIN), before moving to JRC Seville. He is a specialist in Innovation, Public Finance, and Regional Policy.
Francesca Crucitti joined the JRC in 2021. She has a PhD in Economics from the joint programme of the University of Milano and University of Pavia, and a MSc in Economics from the University of Milano-Bicocca. Prior to coming to the JRC, she worked at the University of Pavia as a Post-Doctoral Researcher. Francesca is one of the RHOMOLO modellers, her main research interest being Macroeconomics, with a particular emphasis on Growth, Innovation, Firms' Dynamics and Entrepreneurship, Inequality, and Financial Frictions.
Olga Diukanova joined the JRC in 2013. She holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Economics. Olga has a considerable experience in working with static, recursive-dynamic, forward-looking and overlapping generations models written in softwares like GAMS, GAMS/MPSGE and GEMPACK. Her main research interests include modelling regional, trade, transport, energy, and environmental policies. Her current work within the REMO team includes RHOMOLO model development, policy impact assessment, and sensitivity analysis.
Nicholas Lazarou joined the JRC in 2021. He holds a PhD from the University of Southampton and specialises in International Trade, Development, and Industrial Organisation. Nicholas has previously worked for the World Bank / UNCTAD on developing and launching the Global Transport Costs Dataset for International Trade. His past experience includes being a Research Associate at University College London's Energy Institute, and, before joining the JRC, he was the Greek delegate at the Economic Policy Committee of the European Council when he was based at the Council of Economic Advisors at the Ministry of Finance of Greece. He is now one of the RHOMOLO model developers.
Giovanni Mandras joined the JRC in 2016. He graduated in Political Science at the University of Sassari, obtained the MSc in Economic Management and Policy-International Financial Markets at the Strathclyde Business School (UK), and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cagliari. Giovanni's research focuses mainly on economic impact analysis with a specific focus on Regional Economics and Macroeconomic Modelling. His current work in the REMO team icludes carrying out analysis using Input-Output modelling and organising and keeping up-to-date the RHOMOLO model data base.
Anabela Marques Santos joined the JRC in 2019. She has a PhD in Economics and Management from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a MsC in Economics from the Unversidade de Évora. Before joining the JRC, she was Research Fellow at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Between 2005 and 2014, she was Financial Advisor for SMEs in Portugal (especially for agri-food companies and the tourism sector). Her main research interests and expertise are policy evaluation and impact assessment, rural development, economics of innovation, tourism, and corporate finance.
Stylianos Sakkas joined the JRC in 2016. He holds an BSc in Economic and Regional Development from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, and a MSc and a PhD in Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business. Prior to joining the JRC, he was a Visiting Research Student at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), working as a Research Intern at the LSE Hellenic Observatory. His research interests include Fiscal Policy and Public Finance, DSGE models and Regional Development. His current work within the REMO team focusses on the modelling of human capital, and on adding fiscal policy extensions to the RHOMOLO model.
Simone Salotti has a PhD and a MSc in Economics from the University of Siena, Italy. Prior to coming to the JRC, he worked at the University of Firenze (Italy), the National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland), and Oxford Brookes University (UK). He joined the JRC in 2014 in the Circular Economy and Industrial Leadership Unit, where he was responsible for the maintenance and development of the FIDELIO macro-econometric model. In 2018, Simone joined the REMO team where he uses RHOMOLO for policy assessment, as well as taking care of the communication aspect of the work carried out by the whole team (publications, web pages, newsletter, etc.). His research interests include Applied Macroeconomics, Fiscal Policy, and Regional Economics.
Yevgenyia Shevtsova holds a PhD in Economics from Heriot-Watt University and a MSc in Economics from Kyiv School of Economics. Before joining the JRC in 2019, she worked at the University of Liverpool, Joint Vienna Institute, and the University of York. Yevgenyia is an applied economists and her research interests lie in the areas of International Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Economics of Innovation. Her research agenda includes empirical trade studies, productivity analysis, and online dynamic pricing. Within the REMO team, she mainly works on intra-regional EU trade linkages.
The REMO team is part of the Knowledge for Finance, Innovation and Growth Unit of the Growth & Innovation Directorate in the Joint Research Centre (in short, JRC.B.7), located in Seville, Spain.