Research Institutes
CeS&T - Centre of Science and Technology Policy
DET - Law, Economics and Technology
IEM - Institute for Media Economics
ISPA- Institute of Studies on Public Administration
ITeC- Institute for Tourism and Culture
LEI - Laboratory for the Economics of Innovation “Franco Momigliano”
LaSCo- Laboratory of Cognitive and Complexity Sciences
Research Units
Financial System
LEI - Laboratory for the Economics of Innovation “Franco Momigliano”
The Laboratory for the Economics of Innovation was founded in Turin in 2000 and is dedicated to Franco Momigliano, a former member of the Rosselli Foundation and one of the most important economists of the second half of the 20th century. His scientific contribution in the field of the economy of innovation and technological change forms the starting point for the elaboration of a more complex analysis of economic theory in which dynamics is the central element. LEI specialises in the economics of innovation and science policy. The Institute brings together a wide range of expertise which enables it to cover a broad spectrum of theoretical and applied studies in the field of technological innovation. The research work carried out by LEI includes the development of theoretical models on determinants and the effects of innovative phenomena, empirical studies based on the collection of original data sets, the elaboration and evaluation of the impact of policies for innovation, applied analyses of technological strategy and studies on financing for innovation.
LEI carries out its research activities thanks to a varied and wide-ranging group of financial backers and sponsors for specific areas of research, including the European Union, the Ministries of Education and Scientific Research and Innovation, numerous local and regional bodies, banks and cultural foundations, science and technology parks, the European Patent Office, private companies.
LEI forms part of a number of key higher education projects, including the Doctorate in Institutional Economics at the University of Turin and the Doctorate in Economics and Technology Management at Turin Politecnico and the University of Bergamo. These collaborations guarantee a highly qualified internal training process for researchers belonging to the Institute.
The Institute is also closely involved in the international scientific community, both through its publications in international journals and conference papers presented by members, and through its active participation in research networks on the subject of the economics of innovation. In particular, it is a member of ETE (Economic Transformation in Europe), a network of university research centres whose activities focus on the economic transformation in contemporary Europe. LEI also boasts an important collaborative agreement with CRIC (Centre for Research Innovation and Competition) at Manchester University, one of the most respected European centres in the field of the Economics of Science and Innovation.
LEI’s main lines of research are:
• the study of generation processes and the application of scientific and technological knowledge to manufacturing processes and economic activities; • the elaboration of guidelines for policies on research and innovation and an assessment of their impact; • the development of tools to assess innovative performance in national and local systems; • an analysis of determinants and the effects of innovative processes on the economic system and at a corporate level; • applied studies of technological strategy at the level of individual companies and the local system; • theoretical and applied studies on the subject of financing for innovation; • studies on the economics and management of intellectual property; • studies on the overlap between antitrust regulations, policies to protect intellectual property and standardisation.