AXES - Laboratory for the Analysis of

compleX Economic Systems


The mission of AXES is to promote scientific research excellence in economics, exploiting a variety of theoretical and empirical tools to study policy relevant issues.

The Laboratory for the Analysis of CompleX Economic Systems (AXES) is a research unit whose work spans different fields of economics: from economic theory to applied econometrics, from international economics to political economy, from spatial and urban economics to industrial organization and business economics. We all share a common interest in original economic research that provides information critical to policy-making with a problem-solving approach.

In our research we are keen to incorporate skills and tools from different disciplines, including graph theory, the physics of complex systems, data science or political science. In fact, we believe that a modern approach in economics requires considering the solution of economic problems more important than sticking to academic disciplines. Under such a multidisciplinary perspective, we strive to utilize the most recent developments in big data and machine learning, seeking to combine them with more traditional econometric approaches in our research.

Research Topics

The AXES research team is currently active on a variety of research streams:

  • Behavioral and experimental economics

  • Competitiveness of companies, industries and countries in the age of globalization

  • Global value chains and global production networks

  • Innovation, knowledge production and competitive advantage

  • Instability and growth in industries and firms

  • Machine learning

  • Political economy

  • Socio-economic networks

  • Spatial/Urban economy

  • Stochastic modelling

  • Systemic risk and financial crises

  • The shadow economy

Our research group contributes to the PhD track in Economics, Networks and Business Analytics (ENBA)

We are members of JRC Science Hub Communities