University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Ph.D. Economics, December 2004. Dissertation “Econometric modelling of R&D, innovation and productivity”, obtained with “mention très honorable avec les félicitation du Jury”. Ph.D. Committee: Georges Bresson (University of Paris II), Jean Bourdon (CNRS, Dijon), Jean Paul Guichard (University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis).


Toulouse School of Economics & University of Toulouse Paul Sabatier, M.S. Statistics and Econometrics, September 2002. Final dissertation in applied econometrics “Econometric modelling of R&D, innovation and productivity: the case of Knowledge intensive business services”. Advisor: Jean-Philippe Lesne.


University of Bologna, B.A. Political Science, June 2000. Dissertation “The econometric analysis of production using time series data”, obtained with a final mark of 110/110. Advisor: Roberto Golinelli.




Associate Professor of Econometrics, University of Ferrara, December, 2013 –present. National scientific qualification to function as Full Professor in Econometrics (13/A5) and Political Economics (13/A2).

Senior Researcher (equivalent to “professore associato” in the Italian academic system), Department of Economics and Social Sciences INRA, Applied Economics Laboratory INRA-CNRS, Grenoble, 2010-2013.

Researcher, Department of Economics and Social Sciences INRA, Dijon, 2006-2010.

Post-doc researcher, Department of economics and social interactions, CNRS, University of Burgundy Dijon, 2006 (founded by CNRS), advisor: Cem Ertur.




Long Visiting: London School of Economics, Spatial Economics Research Centre, September 2009-June2010.

Short Visitings: Paris School of Economics; University of Paris XII-ERUDITE; Toulouse School of Economics; University of Orleans -Laboratoire d'Économie d'Orléans; University of Lyon 2 Lumière - Groupe d’Analyse et de Théorie Economique; University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis – GREDEG CNRS; University Bourgogne Franche-Comté - Institut de Mathématiques de Bourgogne; University of Cantabria in Santander – Economics department; National Statistical Institute of Spain (INE), Madrid.

Research fellow: (“contratti a progetto”, “Assegno di ricerca”): IRCRES-CNR, 2000-2006.

University of Bologna Fellowship aimed a financing advanced studies in foreign institutions, 2001-2002: Toulouse School of Economics, M.S. Statistics and Econometrics.

INRA Fellowship aimed at financing INRA researchers for research visiting in foreign institutions, 2009-2010: visiting researcher London School of Economics, Spatial Economics Research Centre, September 2009-June2010.

Attended several summer school in econometrics: CIDE-SIDE (Steven Durlauf, Badi Baltagi, Ed Vytacil), UCL-Masterclass (William Greene, Jeffrey Racine, Jeffrey Wooldridge), Barcelona-GSE (Guido imbens, Donald Rubin).




ServPPin, The Contribution of Public and Private Services to European Growth and Welfare, and the Role of Public-Private Innovation Networks, within EU FP7.

MicroDyn, The competitiveness of firms, regions and industries in the knowledge-based economy: What room for job-rich growth in Europe?, within EU FP6.

ANR-11-ALID-0002, Provide and Consume a Sustainable Food, French National Research Agency.




Open Economics (De Gruyter): editor (2020-).






27th International Panel Data Conference (2022) (

6th Workshop Spatial Econometrics and Statistics (2007), Dijon.



Climate econometrics (2022).

Nonparametric Panel data models (2022).

Econometrics for policy evaluation (2022).

Economics and Econometrics of Innovation and Technical Change (Ferrara, 2017), keynote speakers: Jacques Mairesse, Pierre Mohnen.

Nonparametric Econometrics (Ferrara, 2016), keynote speakers: Jeffrey Racine, Juan Manuel Rodriguez Poo.

Nonparametric and semiparametric techniques (Ferrara, 2015), keynote speakers: Simone Giannerini, Michel Simioni, Simon Wood.

Assessing the effect of obstacles to innovation (Dijon, 2008), Keynote speakers: Maria Savona and Fabrice Galia.



2014-present: Lunch seminars and Policy seminars co-organization, DEM, University of Ferrara.

2011-2013: Seminars co-organization, Department of Economics and Social Sciences INRA, Applied Economics Laboratory INRA-CNRS, Grenoble.

2008-2009: Seminars co-organization, Department of Economics and Social Sciences INRA CESAER, Dijon.




International Panel Data Conference (Amsterdam, 2010; Montreal 2011; London, 2013; Tokyo, 2014; Budapest, 2015; Thessaloniki, 2017; Vilnius, 2019), Word Congress of the Econometric Society (Montreal, 2015), EEA-Econometric Society Meeting (2020, online), Italian Congress of Econometrics and Empirical Economics (Venezia, 2005; Ancona, 2007), Italian Workshop of Econometrics and Empirical Economics (2018, Milano), Workshop Spatial Econometrics and Statistics (Orleans, 2013), Workshop on Individual Heterogeneity in Microeconometrics (Paris, 2011), Econometric Models of Climate Change (Milano, 2019), International Schumpeter Society Conference (Nice Sophia Antipolis, 2006), The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Conference (Prague, 2012), North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (Toronto, 2006; New York, 2008; Ottawa, 2013), European Regional Science Association (Paris, 2007; Jönköping, 2013), Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (Valencia, 2007), Conference on Model-based Evidence on Innovation and Development (Moscow, 2016), and many others.




Cardot, H. & Musolesi, A. Zero inflated regression for unobserved effects panel data models and difference-in-differences estimation.

Musolesi, A., Rodriguez Poo, J.M., & Soberon, A. A Semiparametric panel data model with strong and weak cross sectional dependence with an application to the knowledge production function.

Charlot, S.,  Musolesi, A., & Soberon, A. The effect of innovation policies on knowledge production at regional level: a semiparametric varying coefficient panel data model.

Gioldasis, G.,  Musolesi, A & Simioni, M. Localized technical change: new insights from nonparametric instrumental regression.

Cardot, H., Mazzanti, M., & Musolesi, A. The effect of ETS scheme on CO2 emission. A partial functional linear model.







Golinelli, R., Mammi, I, & Musolesi, A. (2018). Parameter heterogeneity, persistence and cross-sectional dependence: new insights on fiscal policy reaction functions for the Euro area. Working Papers, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.

Mazzanti, M., & Musolesi, A. (2020). Modeling Green Knowledge Production and Environmental Policies with Semiparametric Panel Data Regression models. SEEDS Working papers, Empirical Economics, revise and resubmit


Gioldasis, G., Musolesi, A., & Simioni, M. (2021). Interactive R&D Spillovers: An estimation strategy based on forecasting-driven model selection, International Journal of Forecasting, in press.

Cardot, H. & Musolesi, A. (2021). Assessing spillover effects of spatial policies with semiparametric zero-inflated models and random forests, Advances in Contemporary Statistics and Econometrics, Edited Book in Honor of Christine Thomas-Agnan (Springer).

Lemarié, S., Orozco, V., Butault, J. P., Musolesi, A., Simioni, M., & Schmitt, B. (2020). Assessing the long-term impact of agricultural research on productivity: Evidence from France. European Review of Agricultural Economics, Volume 47, Issue 4, 1559–1586.

Antonioli, D., Gioldasis, G., & Musolesi, A. (2020). Estimating a non-neutral production function, Oxford Economic Papers.

Musolesi, A., & Cardot, H. (2020), Modeling temporal treatment effects with zero inflated semi-parametric regression models: the case of local development policies in France, Econometric Reviews, 39(2), 135-157.

Musolesi, A., Huiban, J. P., Mastromarco, C., & Simioni, M. (2018), Reconciling the Porter hypothesis with the traditional paradigm about environmental regulation: a nonparametric approach, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Volume 50, 3, 85–100.

Mazzanti, M., & Musolesi, A. (2017). The effect of Rio Convention and other structural breaks on long-run economic development-CO2 relationships. Economia Politica, 1-17.

Ertur, C., & Musolesi, A. (2017). Weak and Strong Cross‐Sectional Dependence: A Panel Data Analysis of International Technology Diffusion. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 32(3), 477-503.

Charlot, S., Crescenzi, R., & Musolesi, A. (2015). Econometric modelling of the regional knowledge production function in Europe. Journal of Economic Geography, 15(6), 1227-1259.

Longhi, C., Musolesi, A., & Baumont, C. (2014). Modeling structural change in the European metropolitan areas during the process of economic integration. Economic Modelling, 37, 395-407

Musolesi, A., & Mazzanti, M. (2014). Nonlinearity, heterogeneity and unobserved effects in the carbon dioxide emissions-economic development relation for advanced countries. Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics, 18(5), 521-541.

Mazzanti, M., & Musolesi, A. (2013). The heterogeneity of carbon Kuznets curves for advanced countries: comparing homogeneous, heterogeneous and shrinkage/Bayesian estimators. Applied Economics, 45(27), 3827-3842.

Blanchard, P., Huiban, J. P., Musolesi, A., & Sevestre, P. (2012). Where there is a will, there is a way? Assessing the impact of obstacles to innovation. Industrial and Corporate Change, 22(3), 679-710.

Musolesi, A. (2011). On public capital hypothesis with breaks. Economics Letters, 110(1), 20-24.

Musolesi, A., & Nosvelli, M. (2011). Long-run water demand estimation: habits, adjustment dynamics and structural breaks. Applied Economics, 43(17), 2111-2127.

Musolesi, A., & Huiban, J. P. (2010). Innovation and productivity in knowledge intensive business services. Journal of Productivity Analysis, 34(1), 63-81.

Musolesi, A., Mazzanti, M., & Zoboli, R. (2010). A panel data heterogeneous Bayesian estimation of environmental Kuznets curves for CO2 emissions. Applied Economics, 42(18), 2275-2287.

Nosvelli, M., & Musolesi, A. (2009). Water consumption and long-run socio-economic development: an intervention and a principal component analysis for the city of Milan. Environmental Modeling & Assessment, 14(3), 303-314.

Longhi, C., & Musolesi, A. (2007). European cities in the process of economic integration: towards structural convergence. The Annals of Regional Science, 41(2), 333-351.

Musolesi, A., & Nosvelli, M. (2007). Dynamics of residential water consumption in a panel of Italian municipalities. Applied Economics Letters, 14(6), 441-444.

Musolesi, A. (2007). Basic stocks of knowledge and productivity: Further evidence from the hierarchical Bayes estimator. Economics Letters, 95(1), 54-59.

Musolesi, A. (2007). R&D and productivity in 16 OECD countries: some heterogeneous panel estimations. Applied Economics Letters, 14(7), 493-496.




2019-present: Econometrics for Policy Analysis, Panel Data Econometrics, Time Series Econometrics (U Lyon 2 Lumière).

2014-present: Econometrics for Policy Analysis, Applied Econometrics (U. Ferrara).

2013-2015: Panel Data Econometrics, PHD in Economics and management of innovation and sustainability – EMIS – Università di Ferrara.

2010: Panel Data Econometrics (U Roma 3, PHD).

2012-2013: Panel Data Econometrics (U. Grenoble).

2007-2008: Panel Data Econometrics (CIDE-SIDE lectures, Lecce).

2004-2005: Econometrics and Time Series Analysis (U. Nice Sophia-Antipolis).







Georgios Gioldasis, “Applied nonparametric econometrics: essays on productivity and technical change”, PhD in Economics and Management of Innovation and Sustainability (EMIS), University of Ferrara, September 2018.

Saptorshee Kanto Chakraborty (Co-supervisor), “Essays in the Economics of Green Innovation, Energy and the Environment”, PhD in Economics and Management of Innovation and Sustainability (EMIS), University of Ferrara, march 2019.





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