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The Laboratorio di Economia dell’Innovazione Franco Momigliano (LEI) was set up in 1992 as a University of Turin, Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis research unit. It was named after Professor Franco Momigliano, in memory of his pioneering work on the economics of technological change. Since 2008, LEI’s research activities have been organized within the new Bureau for Research in Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge (BRICK) supported by Collegio Carlo Alberto.


BRICK specializes in the economics and policy of the generation, introduction, imitation, adaptation, transfer and diffusion of new knowledge, innovation and technological change. Our focus currently embraces the determinants and the effects of technological change in firms, regions, industries and countries, including the economic analysis of such institutions as intellectual property rights, universities and public research centres.


BRICK’s research staff is located mainly in the Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis and at Collegio Carlo Alberto. The group’s research interests fall into three broad areas:


  • The Economics of Innovation and Productivity
  • The Economics of R&D
  • The Economics and Policy of Science
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Green Economy and Eco-innovation


BRICK hosts the editorial offices of the international journal Economics of Innovation and New Technology .



Department of Economics and Statistics ’Cognetti de Martiis’
University of Torino
Lungo Dora Siena, 100A - 10153 Torino, Italy


Collegio Carlo Alberto
Via Real Collegio 30, 10024 Moncalieri (Torino), Italy


For further information please contact Francesco Quatraro (francesco.quatraro [at] unito.it)