Massimo Florio is Professor of Public Economics at the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, Università degli Studi di Milano. He has also been awarded by the European Commission a Jean Monnet Chair of Economics of European Integration and subsequently the Jean Monnet Chair “Ad Personam” of EU Industrial Policy. He has been the scientific coordinator of a Jean Monnet network of six universities. After graduating at the University of Rome, and obtaining a Master in Applied Economics at ISTAO, and holding teaching positions in different Universities in Italy, he spent three years as a Visiting Scholar at LSE and other British Universities. He has also been an Academic at the OECD (Paris) and in other international institutions.
Formerly Department Chair, between 2010 and 2015 he has been the Chairman of the Evaluation Board of the University of Milan, in charge of the evaluation of departments, courses, and administrative services of the University, ranked among the top ones for research in Italy by several international rankings. Before his current position, Florio held teaching appointments in Ancona, Urbino and in Pavia (doctoral programme in Economics, doctoral programme in Public Finance).
His main research interests are in applied welfare economics, cost-benefit analysis, industrial and regional policies, infrastructure and growth, privatization, public enterprise and socio-economic impact of research infrastructures. Recent publications include: Investing in Science. Social Cost-Benefit Analysis of Research Infrastructures (the MIT Press, 2019); Applied Welfare Economics. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Projects and Policies (Routledge 2014); Network Industries and Social Welfare. The Experiment that Reshuffled European Utilities (Oxford University Press 2013) Infrastructure Finance in Europe. Insights into the History of Water, Transport and Telecommunications (edited book, Oxford University Press 2016) and The economics of Infrastructure provisioning. The Changing Role of the State, (edited book, the MIT Press, December 2015); as well as papers in international journals, including Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Fiscal Studies, Public Choice, Public Finance, Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Journal of Development Studies, Regional Studies, Energy Economics, Energy Journal, Energy Policy, Telecommunications Policy, Utilities Policy, Transportation Policy, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics and several others. He has been involved in evaluation and related activities for the European Commission (mainly DG Regional Policy), the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, the OECD, the World Bank and other institutions.
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