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In December 2013 Anna Ferragina obtained the status of associate professor in Economic Policy (SECS-P / 02), in Applied Economics (SECS-P / 06) and in Economic Statistics (SECS-S / 03). Since October 2016 he is serving as associate professor at DISES (UNISA).

He has won several research grants and has participated in projects funded by various national and international institutions (World Bank, Femise, European Commission, CNR, Higher School of Public Administration, MAE, CeSPI, ICE, Lazio Region, CEIS- University of Rome " Tor Vergata ", University of Parma, University of Naples" Federico II "). He is an elected member of the Steering Committee of the FEMISE (Euromediterranean Network of Economics Institutes) and represents Celpe as an active member of the FEMISE network.


  • 2000 PhD, "La Sapienza" University of Rome;
  • 1996 Master, International Economics, University of Sussex (UK);
  • 1995 Master's Degree, Business Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Naples "Federico II";
  • 1994 Degree 110/110 cum laude in Economics and Commerce at the University of Naples "Federico II".

Qualifying scientific and / or professional experiences:

  • since 2006 he has been a permanent researcher and an aggregate professor at the University of Salerno (Department of Economics and Statistics).
  • from 2002 to 2006 he is a permanent researcher at ISSM-CNR;
  • from 2002 to 2005 consultant for the Studies and Statistics Area of ​​the ICE of Rome;
  • from 1999 to 2002 research assistant at the CEIS, University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

Research areas:

  • CTrade, economic growth and agglomeration of production activities
  • Trade and specialization models
  • Regional gaps
  • Processes of internationalization and fragmentation of production and impact on the labor market
  • Trade and international economic integration, gravity models and preferential trade agreements (EU-CEECs and EU-MED) (applications to the case of integration with the Eastern European economies and the Southern Mediterranean countries).
  • Business theory, Business survival, Foreign direct investment and multinational companies



Recent publications

Refereed international journals

Are  Italian  firms  performances  influenced  by  innovation  of  domestic  and foreign  firms  nearby  in  space  and  sectors? (with  Giulia  Nunziante),EPI -Economia  e  Politica  Industriale, Journal  of  Industrial  and  Business  Economics.DOI:10.1007/s40812-018-0090-4.

Firms’ external and internal finance, productivity and size. Evidence from Italy (with Fernanda Mazzotta), Under review.

Iandolo, S. and Ferragina A.M. “Do firms learn from internationalization? The impact of internationalization strategies on innovation.” Under review.

Iandolo,  S.  and  Ferragina  A.M.  “Does  different  persistence  in internationalization  and  innovation  influence  firms’  performance?Under review.

2016   Financial   constraints   and   productivity   growth   across   the   size spectrum: microeconomic evidence from MoroccoEURASIAN BUSINESS REVIEW. Pag.1-21with     Mazzotta,     Fernanda;     Sekkat,     Khalid     ISSN:1309-4297.DOI: 10.1007/s40821-016-0055-3

6.2015 Italian FDI and Exports at sectoral level: substitutes or complements?, GLOBAL ECONOMY JOURNAL, Volume 15, Issue 2, Pages 277–310, ISSN (Online) 1553-5304, ISSN (Print) 2194-5659,DOI:10.1515/gej-2015-0005,July 2015

2015 Agglomeration economies in Italy: impact on heterogeneous firms’ exit in a multilevel    framework,    JOURNAL    OF    INDUSTRIAL    ANDBUSINESS ECONOMICS, DOI: 10.1007/s40812-015-0016-3

2014 " Does multinational ownership affect firm survival? (with R. Pittiglio and F. Reganati), JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT, forthcoming, 15(1), 2014, DOI 10.3846/16111699.2012.707622.

2013: Anna Maria Ferragina, Fernanda Mazzotta (2013). FDI spillovers on firms' survival in Italy: absorptive capacity matters! . THE JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, p. *, ISSN: 0892-9912, doi: 10.1007/s10961-013-9321

2012: ''Are exporters and multinationalfirms more resilient over a crisis? First evidence for manufacturing enterprises in Italy'', (with Adalgiso Amendola, Rosanna Pittiglio and Filippo Reganati) ECONOMICS BULLETIN, Vol. 32 No. 3 pp. 1914-1926, ISSN: 1545-2921

Chapters  in  Books,  Reports  and  Conference  Proceedings (international,  selected  and refereed)

2014: IEMEDEleventh edition of the IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2014, Section Panorama “Investment in turbulent times: how political turbulence has affected the FDI level in the MENA region”

2014:  Anna  Maria  Ferragina  &  Fernanda  Mazzotta,. "Agglomeration  economies and   global   activities:   impact   on   firm   survival," ERSA   conference   papersersa14p348, European Regional Science Association.

2013: ERSAAnna Maria Ferragina & Fernanda Mazzotta & Erol Taymaz & Kamil Yilmaz  "The  Impact  of  FDIon  Firm  Survival  and  Employment:  A  Comparative Analysis  For  Turkey  And  Italy,"ERSA  conference  papersersa13p1211,  European Regional Science Association.

2013:  Anna  Maria  Ferragina  (ed.)  The  Impact  of  FDI  on  Firm  Survival  and Employment:   A   Comparative   Analysis   for   Turkey   and   Italy. DISCUSSION PAPERS,   Discussion   Paper   127,   pp.   146,   Salerno:   Celpe   Discussion   Paper, University of Salerno, ISBN: 978-88-95406-26-8, ISSN: 1970-4259.

2013:  Anna  Maria  Ferragina,  Fernanda  Mazzotta Foreign  investment  and  firm selection in Italy: competition, linkages and firms' absorptive  capacity. In:  AAVV. (a  cura  di):  Anna  Maria  Ferragina,  Erol  Taymaz,  Kamil  Yilmaz,  Innovation, Globalization  and  Firm  Dynamics:  Lessons  for  Enterprise  Policy.  New  York, London:Routledge, ISBN: 9780415836777.

2013:Anna  Maria  Ferragina,  Fernanda  Mazzotta  (2013). Local  agglomeration economies: what impact on survival of multinationals and national firms in Italy? . In:    AAVV.    International    Conference    "Contemporary    Issues    in    Business, Management and Education", proceedings, Social and BehavioralSciences . p. *, -Oxford  :  Elsevier,  2002--Malden,  MA:  Blackwell  Science  Incorporated,  Vilnius Lithuania, 21-23 November 2013doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.12.843

2012:   "Do   Foreign   Ownership   and   Technological   Environment   Affect   Firm Survival? Evidence on Italian Manufacturing and Services Firms"(with R. Pittiglio and  F.  Reganati),  in  Knowledge,  Innovation  and  Internationalization  Essays  in Honour  of  Cesare  Imbriani,  Edited  by  Piergiuseppe  Morone,  Routledge,  London, UK, ISBN 9780415693110.



FEMISE-European  Commission - Coordination  of  the  project  funded  by  EU Commission  (euro  10.000)  under  the  2015  Internal  Competition for the  FEMISE project  on  “Support  toeconomic  research,  studies  and  dialogue  of  the  Euro-Mediterranean Partnership” as per the Contract signed between the Commission and the  FEMISE  association  no.  ENPI/2014/354-494 (“Commission-FEMISE contract”). The purpose of this agreement is to provide an original research work in the fields of social  and  economic  analysis    by  the  Team  Leader  Anna  M.  Ferragina. Title of the research: “Spatial  proximity  and  firm  performances:  how  can  location-based economies  and  policies  help  the  transition  process  in  the  Mediterranean  region? Empirical  evidence  from  Turkey,  Tunisia  and  Italy”.   

GRANT  CONTRACT AGREEMENT  No. FEM41-09.  Main  activities  and  responsibilities:  Scientific Direction,  Preparation  of  a  technical  report,  executive  summary,  Policy  Briefs, submission, publication of background papers in refereed journals. Members of the team:  Erol  Taymaz,  Kamil  Yilmaz,  Sofiane  Ghali,Adalgiso Amendola,  Fernanda Mazzotta, Giulia Nunziante, Anna Ferragina.




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