Nadia von Jacobi

Nadia von Jacobi
Università degli studi di Foggia | UNIFG · Department of Economics

PhD in Economics, Law and Institutions
I study institutions and the way they densely interconnect with cultural values and structural features.

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Introduction
I am an institutional economist with a background in development economics. I focus on asymmetric interdependencies between institutional factors, cultural values and structural features. I have developed a methodological approach that builds on correlaton network analysis to promote the quantitative investigation of such interconnections. I also engage in institutional theory development, mainly in the connection between institutional factors and individual human opportunities
Additional affiliations
February 2017 - present
University of Oxford
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • CrESSI (EU-FP7)
September 2015 - present
University of Pavia
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Master level course in International Cooperation and Development Policies: main focus of my module are institutions and development
November 2014 - November 2016
University of Pavia
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • CRESSI (EU-FP7) stands for "Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation". Am investigating how social innovations emerge, when they can complement institutions, in which cases they can improve the social inclusion of marginalized people in Europe.
Education
September 2010 - August 2013
Institute of Advanced Study (IUSS)
Field of study
  • Economics, Law and Institutions (PhD programme)
September 2004 - April 2007
University of Florence
Field of study
  • Advanced Development Economics (Master course)
September 2001 - July 2004
University of Pavia
Field of study
  • Social Sciences for Development and Cooperation (Bachelor)

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Publications (25)
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Economic space for social innovation is not bounded by markets. Further to the money-based exchange relations in markets, there is self and informal provision based on social norms such as reciprocity, community, public provision of entitlements and of public goods organized via political processes, and professional provision based on expert knowle...
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This chapter addresses key questions in terms of the evaluation of the impact of social innovation processes. After reviewing the existing approaches to capturing impact, the chapter presents a new Critical Issues Framework for social impact measurement to inform the development of the most appropriate and accurate evaluative space for data collect...
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This chapter addresses key issues that public policy seeking to support social innovation faces. Combining theoretical insights of the Extended Social Grid Model with empirical results obtained from EU policy surveys and case studies, it identifies key policy implications and recommendations. It first introduces key notions for social innovation po...
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This chapter revisits the Extended Social Grid Model based on empirical work exploring the model. It summarizes the main findings around four basic points: first, the need to move beyond economic space as markets if social innovation for the marginalized is to be analysed in its full complexity and the variety of provision appreciated beyond a redu...
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This chapter provides empirical insights of agency and empowerment in social innovation across Europe. We apply portions of the theoretical framework developed in CrESSI to investigate whether social innovation is potentially able to reduce the marginalization of specific groups. We depart from the hypothesis that social innovation enhances partici...
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This chapter describes two empirical approaches with which social innovation and its potentially transformative role can be studied. Both are oriented towards the Extended Social Grid Model (ESGM) and strive to bring its abstract categories on the ground and facilitate empirical analyses; first an analysis of long-term comprehensive case studies; a...
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This study borrows from Amartya Sen’s capability approach in order to enrich the analytical tools with which to study the institutions and development link. By expanding on the theoretical notion of contextual conversion factors, I elaborate a conceptual framework with which it is possible to identify the channels through which institutions can aff...
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Economic space for social innovation is not bounded by markets. Further to the money based exchange relations in markets, there is self and informal provision based on social norms such as reciprocity, community and; public provision of entitlements and public goods organised via political processes; as well as professional provision based on exper...
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Institutions are the driving features of economic and human development. Together with other social structures they influence the trajectories of societal change. Such factors are however tightly connected and should not be analysed in isolation but considered as interdependent with each other. This study contributes to the understanding of interco...
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Social innovation has increasingly been referred to as a potential driver for–transformative and disruptive -- social change because it offers the potential to provide solutions to social needs that the current institutional status quo neglects or only partially attends to. In this introduction to the special issue on social innovation and marginal...
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Empirical investigation of social innovation and its effects is a much under-explored terrain. Difficulties range from the conceptual complexity of social innovation processes to empirical implementation. This study applies a conceptual framework (ESGM) that envisages multi-layered effects of social innovation on individuals and societies. It analy...
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This paper demonstrates that the capabilities approach offers a number of conceptual and evaluative benefits for understanding social innovation and – in particular, its capacity to tackle marginalisation. Focusing on the substantive freedoms and achieved functionings of individuals introduces a multidimensional, plural appreciation of disadvantage...
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Speaking is a normal, a special and ubiquitous human activity. Speaking or writing as a subjective and willful activity directed at others takes place within a dense set of behavioral norms. Speaking also activates selectively resources, concepts, logics and rules in language. We investigate the power of the language institution, speech-acting, con...
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Human development and economic growth are two different paradigms that imply different objectives, measurement techniques, and policies. However, a broad literature has shown that economic growth and human development are intrinsically interconnected, co-evolutionary, and mutually reinforcing each other. The key aim of this chapter is to discuss an...
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In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals are due to end. Academ-ics, practitioners and the general public are eager to see which development agenda will take their place and a variety of different organizations are current-ly elaborating proposals for the next "round" of goals and targets. Instead of investigating possible topics of the upcoming a...
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This study investigates the role of social participation for the achievements of women in employment security and their fertility choices. In Capability terms, this implies exploring the circumstances in which women combine motherhood and employment security. Employment security is defined as having access to a job with more desirable characteristi...
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Local institutional and structural (meso) factors can play a role in mediating the returns to a macro-social policy. I focus on the Brazilian cash-transfer-programme Bolsa Familia and check how contextual features influence the returns to transfers. Building on Amartya Sen’s work, I assess the return to the policy in terms of non-monetary achieveme...
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What Makes Poor Countries Poor? is an intelligent and helpful manual, which introduces the reader to the manifold literature of law and development. The authors outline how institutions matter for development. By adopting Amartya Sen’s notion of development, the authors balance a comprehensive literature review with technical details. Although desi...
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The aim of this chapter is to discuss and measure the impact on results of three main methodological assumptions in the construction of multidimensional indexes of poverty and well-being – namely, the transformation function, the aggregation procedure and the weighting system chosen. The empirical analysis is based on Jordan DHS (2002, 2007) datase...
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Sustainable tourism has received growing attention in developing countries, especially since the wave of domestic and international liberalization and the upcoming trend of environmentally-friendly consumption pattern in wealthy countries. And yet, in many developing countries where the number of international tourists has rapidly increased, povert...

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