Researchers belonging to each WG are allocated to Units according to their main research interests.

The Unit works on specific research questions identified within the main objectives of the WG.

The Units of each WG are listed below together with their own leaders and research themes.


  • Unit 1. Multiregional NEG models (leader: Pasquale Commendatore). Tasks: Building up a multiregional New Economic Geography model.
  • Unit 2. Spatial Econometrics (leader: Roberto Basile). Task: Empirical and methodological contributions to the spatial econometrics literature.
  • Unit 3. Dynamic modelling  of NEG models (leader: Ingrid Kubin). Task: to study the dynamic properties of the migration processes involved in NEG models.


  • Unit 1. Network model of systemic risk in financial markets (leader: Alan Kirman). Task: To study (a) systemic risk in the banking system and (b) the interaction between the banking system and the economy.


  • Unit 1. Location models, governance, and strategy (leader: Michael Kopel). Task: to study the interaction of location choice and (i) sourcing strategies, (ii) internal governance. Mixed oligopoly and evolutionary modeling.
  • Unit 2. Location, R&D cooperation & competition, and spillovers (leader: Herbert Dawid). Task: to study location choice, R&D cooperation and R&D competition, R&D networks and spillovers.


  • Unit 1. Complex networks and nonlinear production models for economic geography (leader: Luis Miguel Varela Cabo). Task: the usage of complex networks and nonlinear models for economic geography problems.
  • Unit 2. Positive welfare effects of barriers to entry in a dynamic equilibrium model (leader: Frank Westerhoff). Task: to focus on computational simulations of different economic policy scenarios.
  • Unit 3. Numerical tools for dynamical systems in econometrics and regional sciences (leader: Gian-Italo Bischi). Task: numerical methods and software tools for the analysis of nonlinear dynamic models (both in continuous time and discrete time) in econometric models and regional sciences.
  • Unit 4. Natural resources and R&D-based growth in interregional models: nonlinear modelling and analysis (leader: Guiomar Martín-Herrán). Task: the unit focuses on the characterization of economic and natural resources management policies in an international trade context where the economies are linked through trade relationships, environmental problems and/or technological (R&D) transfers.
  • Unit 5. Industrial organization and market stability (leader: Tönu Puu). Task: to study disequilibrium trade and dynamics in markets for durables, and stability in a growing industry. 
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