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Growth Welfare Innovation Productivity

Project description

Recommendations for returning to growth

The European Union is facing a productivity slowdown which is hampering its capacity to achieve inclusive growth, while coping with the tall societal challenges of climate change. The EU-funded GROWINPRO project aims to solve this empasse and puts the European Union back to a sustainable and inclusive growth path lead by innovation. Specifically, the project will explore the causes of the productivity slowdown and propose an integrated policy package able to sustain an inclusive and welfare enhancing process of growth, resilient to climate change and population ageing. The project will develop policy recommendations based on micro, meso and macro analyses. In the end, it will propose a policy toolkit to tackle the low-growth trap, also taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic.


Well before the Great Recession, the strikingly successful socio-economic regime of growth of the three decades after WWII came to an end as the smooth matching among technological innovation, productivity growth, income distribution and aggregate demand increasingly broke down. However, a new virtuous regime is hardly emerging and growth of income and productivity remains sluggish especially in Europe. The project is meant to investigate the causes of the slowdown and to propose an integrated policy package able to sustain an inclusive and welfare-enhancing process of growth resilient to climate change and population aging. In some respects, the proposal represents the deepening of the ‘diagnostic exercise’ we have undertaken in a very successful H2020 project: ISIGrowth In many others it extends the scope of the investigation, fully addressing the whole thread of the interaction among innovation, productivity, and growth in a world possibly undergoing a' IV Industrial Revolution', wherein globalization exacerbated the diverging patterns of value distribution among countries and social groups. Together, it will thoroughly study the effects of monetary, fiscal and mission-oriented policies in stimulating productivity and output growth. The team comprises leading international scholars ranging from economics of innovation, industrial dynamics, econometrics, agent-based macroeconomics, and public governance. Crucially a group of National Statistical Offices will join the research, also developing new data and measurements. The policy recommendations will be grounded on solid micro-, meso- and macro analyses, always accounting for the feedbacks between Schumpeterian (supply side) dynamics and Keynesian (demand side) ones. The relevance and adequacy of the proposed policies will be continuously challenged by the interaction with a whole set of stakeholders belonging to European Institutions, civil society, and business.


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Net EU contribution
€ 596 700,00
Piazza martiri della liberta 33
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Centro (IT) Toscana Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

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