Simone D'Alessandro

Simone D'Alessandro
Università di Pisa | UNIPI · Department of Economics and Management

PhD

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December 2014 - February 2016
Università di Pisa
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Publications (37)
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This study investigates the effectiveness of international environmental agreements (IEAs) and how it might be affected by the development of pro-environmental behaviour among households and firms. We propose a new framework based on a two-nested-game approach composed by: (1) a one-shot game with two asymmetric countries that negotiate the interna...
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This paper shows that personal norms have a prominent role in explaining pro-social contribution in an online public good game. This finding suggests that the role of social norms might be loosened when subjects are distanced and interaction occurs online and in complete anonymity. Moreover, we found no statistically significant difference between...
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The renewable energy policy paradox states that the combination of liberalized markets with low marginal cost and intermittent technologies tends to reduce electricity prices and, hence, the profitability of new investments in wind and solar energy, thus rendering price-incentive policies less effective or more costly. Most simulation models are no...
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This paper investigates to what extent green growth is able to promote social equity and which social policies can complement environmental policies to achieve social prosperity and sustainability. We develop a dynamic macrosimulation model to explore the social and structural effects of the Italian national energy and climate plan. We show that gr...
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This contribution shows that a relevant curtailment of carbon emissions results from productivity-led working time reduction, i.e. increases in labour productivity converted into less working time. However, the interaction between working time reduction and GDP can constrain the achievement of emission reductions. To explore these interactions, we...
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Climate change and increasing income inequality have emerged as twin threats to contemporary standards of living, peace and democracy. These two problems are usually tackled separately in the policy agenda. A new breed of radical proposals have been advanced to manage a fair low-carbon transition. In this spirit, we develop a dynamic macrosimulatio...
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In this paper, we contribute to the debate regarding the relationship between lobbying and environmental regulation by explicitly taking into account the role of market competition. We analyse how the number of firms affects both the effectiveness of lobbying in fighting environmental regulation and the individual incentive for firms to switch to g...
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We present an incentivized laboratory experiment where a random sample of individuals playing a series of stag hunt games are forced to make their choices under time constraints, while the rest of the players have no time limits to decide. We find that individuals under the time pressure treatment are more likely to play stag (vs. hare) than indivi...
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This article investigates the potential impact of sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs) on local development through a two-step methodology involving participatory planning and quantitative analysis. The first phase relies on a participatory system mapping (PSM) approach and generates a causal structure at the basis of the urban model. In the sec...
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An Evolutionary approach to International Environmental Agreements SEEDS is an interuniversity research centre. It develops research and higher education projects in the fields of ecological and environmental economics, with a special focus on the role of policy and innovation. Main fields of action are environmental policy, economics of innovation...
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This thesis investigates presumptive effects of the political participation on the economic growth through social capital accumulation. Following the introduction, we discuss previous developments and discussions for social capital and political participation within the economic theory in the second chapter. In the third chapter, by using an endoge...
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This paper provides a macroeconomic framework to evaluate the social and economic consequences generated by a shift of investment to low-carbon options. We introduce into a standard growth framework a modified Lotka–Volterra model for wage and employment determination to address both the long-run dynamics of the economic system in terms of carbon e...
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This paper analyzes different policies that may promote the transition to sustainability, with a particular focus on the energy sector. We present a dynamic simulation model where three different strategies for sustainability are identified: reduction in GHG emissions, improvements in energy efficiency and the development of the renewable energy se...
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This paper shows that under weather variability the transformation from a rural to an incomplete market economy can increase the vulnerability of peasants to famine. This can occur even if improvements in technology have raised agricultural productivity and made production less responsive to weather variability. Indeed, negative environmental shock...
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In this paper we apply a model of early industrialization to the case of New Zealand and Uruguay in 1870–1940. We show how differences in agricultural institutions may have produced different development paths in two countries which were similar under many respects. While in New Zealand the active role of the Crown in regulating the land market fac...
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In this paper we contribute to the debate on the relationship between growth and well-being by studying an endogenous growth model where we allow for externalities in consumption, leisure, and production. We analyze three regimes: a decentralized economy where each household makes isolated choices without considering their external effects, a plann...
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This paper focuses on growth feasibility in an era of increasing scarcity of fossil fuels. A stylised dynamic model illustrates the implications of investing in smooth technological progress in the field of renewable energy. Positive rates of GDP growth sustained by fossil fuels entail, on the one hand, more income available for R&D in renewable en...
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the link between CSR growth and income distribution. We present a general equilibrium model where social responsibility enters both firms' and consumers' decisions. The model admits the existence of multiple equilibria, each of them characterized by a different diffusion of CSR. We study the conditions un...
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Pasinetti's [Pasinetti, L.L., 1960. A mathematical formulation of the Ricardian system. Review of Economic Studies 27, 78-98] model formalizing Ricardian growth theory and one of the simplest models developed within the 'new' growth theory [Rebelo, S., 1991. Long run policy analysis and long run growth. Journal of Political Economy 99, 500-521] are...
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In this paper we analyse how the distribution of land property rights affects industrial takeoff and aggregate income through its impact on effective demand. We apply a modified version of the model provided in Murphy et al. (1989, QJE) which allows us to analyse the role of land distribution when it is independent of the distribution of firm owner...
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This paper explores the way the man?nature relationship and the related environmental problems have been dealt along with the history of the economic thought. We discuss a number of different theoretical frameworks (classical, Marxian and neoclassical economics, Georgescu-Roegen's approach and ecological economics) and organise the discussion aroun...
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This paper analyses how the distribution of agricultural product between landlords and peasants affects both industrial takeoff and aggregate income through the de-mand side. Using a model that builds on Murphy et al. (1989), we find that the relationship between peasants' share of agricultural product and aggregate income is either non-monotonic o...
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This paper studies the long-term dynamic interaction between the exploitation of natural resources and population growth. Brander and Taylor [Brander, J.A. and Taylor, M.S. (1998) “The Simple, Economics of Easter Island: a Ricardo–Malthus Model of Renewable Resource Use”. American Economic Review, 88 (1) 119–138.] started a sequence of papers which...
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This paper analyses how the distribution of land property rights aects industrial takeo and aggregate income through the demand side. We study a stylized economy composed of two sectors, agriculture and manu- facturing. The former produces a single subsistence good while the latter is constituted of a continuum of markets producing distinct commodi...
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This paper investigates how the distribution of land property rights affects industrial take-off and aggregate income through the demand side. We study a stylized two sectors economy where the manufacturing sector is assumed to be constituted by a continuum of small markets producing distinct commodities. Following Murphy et al. (1989) we model ind...
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This paper focuses on growth feasibility in an era of increasing scarcity of fossil fuels. Our model suggests that high GDP growth makes the economic and environmental sustainability window very narrow. Policy should therefore target low growth rates, stimulate investment in alternative energy sources and discourage consumption growth. Economic gro...
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The History of Easter Island Civilization attracted several authors after Brander and Taylor (1998). Most of these studies are simple variations of a standard Ricardian model of growth, in particular we show that these kind of models have the same structure of Pasinetti (1960) except for the fact that they add a renewable natural resource to the tr...
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Understanding the relations between economics and ecology is a field which attracted increasing interest in the last decades. Brander and Taylor (1998) started a sequence of papers which try to deduce from historical and archeo-logical studies the main linkages between the two disciplines. Drawing on the same approach, this paper considers the econ...
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From 1876 to 1879 and from 1896 to 1902 due to absence of monsoons, India ex- perienced the two worst famines of all times. Karl Polanyi explained the millions of casualties with the introduction of market prices by British colonial institutions, in areas where traditional agricultural societies had kept significant stocks in rainy seasons in order...

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"Ecological Macroeconomics for a Resilient and Inclusive post-Covid Transition in the US" (https://remarc.ec.unipi.it/remarc-awarded-another-mit-unipi-misti-grant/) This project aims at exploring the interlinkages among the social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the U.S. in order to provide policy advice for a legitimate, fair, and evidence-informed post-COVID transition towards sustainability. To this end, we apply and extend the EUROGREEN model (D’Alessandro et al., 2020) that is grounded on system dynamics and ecological macroeconomics to explore the economic and environmental performance of specific policy scenarios. The main research questions that will be addressed are: What policies have the potential to create both a resilient and fair economy that operates within planetary boundaries and delivers a decent life for all in the U.S.? What combination of policies can be simultaneously deployed to reach different socio-economic and environmental goals? This project will pay particular attention to the involvement of undergraduate and graduate students through winter/summer schools and the creation of a new interdisciplinary curriculum.
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Avviato il progetto "Ecoesione: COESIONE SOCIALE NELLA TRANSIZIONE ECOLOGICA" (Social Cohesion in the ecological transition: research project) Il progetto, nato dalla collaborazione tra vari dipartimenti e centri di ricerca dell'Università di Pisa, applica un modello di macrosimulazione per l’analisi delle interconnessioni tra politiche di contrasto al cambiamento climatico e meccanismi distributivi e si propone di studiare come gli impatti sociali di tali politiche possano ostacolare la transizione ecologica. Inoltre propone un modello di ricerca-azione che favorisce l’interazione con i cittadini, gli insegnanti e gli studenti, i decisori politici e i vari portatori di interesse in due casi-studio locale anche al fine di sperimentare l’attuazione di strategie volte ad armonizzare i diversi aspetti e i target dello sviluppo sostenibile. Il progetto finanziato dal MInistero dell'Ambiente, è stato presentato dal Dipartimento di Economia e Management e si basa su una collaborazione tra Dipartimento di Economia e Management (Remarc), Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Centro Interdisciplinare di Scienze per la Pace (Cisp) dell'Università di Pisa. Il progetto verrà presentato il 2 ottobre all'interno del Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile, promosso dall’ASviS, con un workshop (ad accesso libero) online. Per l’iscrizione usare il seguente link: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5635006/my-form . Per ulteriori informazioni è a disposizione la pagina Asvis dell’evento (cliccando QUI) o l’indirizzo email ecoesione@posteo.net . EN Version: The research project "Ecoesione: SOCIAL COHESION IN THE ECOLOGICAL TRANSITION" has started. The project, born from the collaboration between different departments and research centers of the University of Pisa, implements a macrosimulation model for the analysis of the linkages between climate change policies and distribution mechanisms and aims to study how the social impacts of these policies may hinder the ecological transition. Moreover, it proposes an action-research model that fosters interaction with citizens, teachers and students, policy makers and various stakeholders in two local case studies in order to test the implementation of strategies aimed at harmonizing the different aspects and targets of sustainable development. The project, funded by the Ministry of Environment, was presented by the Department of Economics and Management and is based on a collaboration between the Department of Economics and Management (Remarc), the Department of Political Science and the Interdisciplinary Centre of Science for Peace (Cisp) of the University of Pisa. The project will be presented on October 2nd at the Festival of Sustainable Development, promoted by ASviS, with an online (free access) workshop (in Italian).
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Web site: https://www.locomotion-h2020.eu LOCOMOTION: Low-carbon society: an enhanced modelling tool for the transition to sustainability PROJECT DESCRIPTION With funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme (GA 821105), the LOCOMOTION project aims to design a new set of IAMs (Integrated Assessment Models) to provide policymakers and relevant stakeholders with a reliable and practical modelling system to assess the feasibility, effectiveness, costs and ramifications of different sustainability policy options. By doing so, LOCOMOTION will help them to identify the most effective transition pathways towards a low-carbon society. Building on existing IAMs developed by the EU-funded MEDEAS project, and including knowledge from other relevant models (World6, TIMES, LEAP, GCAM, C-Roads, etc.), a number of substantive improvements are planned with respect to the state-of-the-art in energy-economy-environment modelling. Drawing on research teams from different European countries, the improved IAMs will be the product of interdisciplinary work in data management, policy and scenario assessment, as well as the system dynamic modelling of relevant environmental, economic, social, technological and biophysical variables. This new IAM will be a robust, usable and reliable tool of diagnostic and scenario assessment for a sustainable transition towards a low-carbon society. LOCOMOTION will provide the different stakeholders with a more effective, user-friendly and open-source, model system for decision-support, education and social awareness. PROJECT PARTNERS University of Valladolid (UVa), Austrian Energy Agency (AEA), Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), CARTIF Foundation (CARTIF), Centre of Economic Scenario Analysis and Research (CESAR), Centre on Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), European Environmental Bureau (EEB), FCiências.ID – Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências (FC.ID), International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) , University of Pisa (UNIPI), United Nations University (UNU), University of Iceland (UoI) LOCOMOTION Project web site: https://www.locomotion-h2020.eu/ LOCOMOTION LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/locomotion-h2020/ LOCOMOTION Twitter: https://twitter.com/LocomotionH2020 LOCOMOTION Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/locomotion.h2020/