Affiliation: Sapienza University of Rome

Other Affiliation: Sussex University

Address: P.le Aldo Moro n. 5, Roma

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Research Interests: His research interests lie at the crossover between International Economics and Development. The most recent research activities include: i) the empirical and theoretical analysis of the main determinants of macroeconomic and microeconomic instability with particular attention to developing economies; ii) the empirical analysis of the effects of global value chains and multilateral and regional trade integration, with particular attention to emerging economies; iii) the theoretical and applied nexus between culture/creativity and local development; iv) impact evaluation of development programs.



Pierluigi Montalbano is Associate Professor of International Economic Policy at Sapienza University of Rome (IT) and Associate Faculty at Department of Economics, University of Sussex (UK). Chair Holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on "Rethinking EU Trade Policy for Development". He is CRUI Representative in the National Development Cooperation Council - Group 1 "Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, policy consistency, impact and evaluation" and Sapienza Representative for MoU Sapienza/FAO; Member of the Consultative Committee for Impact Evaluation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Director of MSc on "Migration and Development", Sapienza University of Rome (IT); Member of the Governing Body of the Sapienza School in Politica Sciences; Sociology and Communication; Member of Governing Body of the Doctoral School in Economics, Sapienza-University of Rome; Member of the Scientific Board of the Journal "Economia della Cultura" (ISSN 1122-7885). Member of the Italian Center for International Development (ICID), University of Tor Vergata (IT) and Member of the Centro Ricerche Economiche e Sociali Rossi-Doria, University of Roma Tre (IT).

He is author and co-author of several, national and international articles and scientific publications and invited speakers at several national and international conferences and seminars. He has consultant experience, both as project leader and senior expert, with several national and international institutions, including the Italian Government; the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; the Italian Ministry of Economic Development; the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (MiBACT); the European Commission; the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC); The World Bank; The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB); The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); FAO; the Global Development Network; the OECD-DAC, etc.


  • Montalbano, P., Nenci, S. (2020). The effects of global value chain (GVC) participation on the economic growth of the agricultural and food sectors – Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO). Rome, FAO.;
  • Baliè, J., Del Prete, D., Magrini, E., Montalbano, P., Nenci, S., (2019). Does trade policy impact food and agriculture global value chain participation of Sub-Saharan African countries? American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol.101, Issue 3, April, pp. 773-789;
  • Letta, M., Montalbano, P. and Tol, R. S. J. (2018). Temperature shocks, growth and poverty thresholds: evidence from rural Tanzania. World Development, 112. pp. 13-32. ISSN 0305-750X;
  • Magrini, E., Montalbano, P., Winters L. A. (2018). Households’ vulnerability from trade in Vietnam, World Development, 112. pp. 46-58. ISSN 0305-750X;
  • Montalbano P., Pietrelli R. & L. Salvatici (2018). Participation in the market chain and food security: the case of the Ugandan maize farmers. Food Policy 76 (2018) 81–98.

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Events & Presentations

  • 2020. A non-parametric re-assessment of the trade effects of the euro using value-added data". Department of Economics, Internal Seminar, University of Sussex, 17 feb 2020;
  • 2019. Weather shocks, food prices, traders anticipations. CSAE Conference - 17-19 March 2019;
  • 2018. Resilience thresholds to temperature shocks in rural Tanzania: a long-run assessment. ICID–SITES –IFAD Conference on International Development, Rome, 3 - 4 October 2018;
  • 2018. Combining micro and macro aspects of GVCs: a tale of selected European countries, paper presented at the ETSG 20th Annual Conference, 13-15 September 2018, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw (Poland); Combining micro and macro aspects of GVCs: A tale of selected European countries;
  • 2018. Does Trade Policy Impact Food and Agriculture Global Value Chain Participation of Sub-Saharan African Countries? 22th ICABR Conference on "Disruptive Innovations, Value Chains and Rural Development. The World Bank, Washington DC. June 12-15, 2018.

Research Programs & Projects

  • “New quantitative methods to foster evidence-based policy decision-making”, FAO-MAFAP;
  • Supervise the data Analysis supporting the paper titled “Positioning along the market chain, resilience, and food security”. Research and Impact Assessment Division, IFAD;
  • Enhancing LSMS data use: Climate change and migration. Reviewing the literature and assessing data gaps. The World Bank.