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) at the Cognetti de Martiis department , eventually externally supported also 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 headquarters are located at the Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis .
The Economics of Innovation and Productivity
This research focuses on the development of an integrated framework for understanding the economic determinants and effects of innovation and new technologies, at the firm, regional and country level.
Green Economy, Innovation and Technological Change
This strand of research focuses on the economic analysis of the transition to a green economy, stressing the role of innovation and technological change in favoring these dynamics.
Geography of Innovation
The research focuses on the spatial dimension of knowledge production and innovation dynamics. Main topics are smart specialization strategies, regional branching, heterogeneity in regions’ specializations and knowledge externalities.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
This research focuses on the development of an integrated framework for understanding the dynamics of new firm formation and its effects on sustainable economic development.
The economics of knowledge
This research focuses on the development of an integrated framework for understanding the dynamics of the generation, dissemination and exploitation of technological knowledge and its effects on the growth of companies, regions and countries.
THE ECONOMICS AND POLICY OF SCIENCE
Our research analyses universities both as economic institutions. It studies the characteristics, determinants and specificities of the processes of knowledge transfer from universities to firms and other economic agents, at national, regional, and local level. It also analyses the dynamics of scientific production, in different socioeconomic and institutional contexts.
Migration and innovation
Research in this strand investigates the impact of migration flows on the structure of sectoral and technological specializations, as well as on innovation dymanics at the patent, firm and regional level.
THE ECONOMICS OF R&D
This research is aimed at identifying, understanding and classifying the different ways firms innovate, distinguishing between internal and external sources. Special emphasis is put on understanding the multiple organizational forms involved in innovation and the problems encountered by economic agents and their organizations in acquiring and coordinating their innovative capabilities.