Donatella Saccone (Director)
Assistant Professor of Economics - University of Gastronomic Sciences (Bra, Italy)

Who is

Who is

Donatella Saccone achieved a Master Degree in Economics at CORIPE Piemonte (Consortium for Research and Continuing Education in Economics, Moncalieri, Italy) in 2005 and a PhD in Economics at the University of Turin in 2008. Before being appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Economics and Statistics “S. Cognetti de Martiis”, University of Turin, where she also taught Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Development Economics for several years. Since 2009 she is external consultant for the International Training Centre of the International Labor Organization, where she is lecturer and tutor at the Master in Management of Development. In 2014 she co-founded the Turin Centre on Emerging Economies (OEET), where she carries out activities of coordination and research on emerging economies. Currently, she is President of the Italian Association for the Analysis of Comparative Economic Systems (AISSEC). Her fields of specialization are Development Economics, Food Economics and Cultural Economics. 

Selected publications:


Della Posta P., Marelli E., Saccone D., Signorelli M. (2022), Public Investment Multipliers by Functions of Government: An Empirical Analysis for European Countries. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 60, 531-545.

Saccone D., Migheli M. (2022), Free to escape? Economic freedoms, growth and poverty traps. Review of Development Economics, 00, 1-37.

Saccone D., Vallino E. (2022), Food security in the age of sustainable development: exploring the synergies between the SDGs. World Development, 152, 105815.

Marson M., Migheli M., Saccone D. (2021), New evidence on the link between ethnic fractionalisation and economic freedom. Economics of Governance, 22, 257-292.

Della Posta P., Oliveri F., Saccone D., Vallino E. (2021), Migrations, populism and the crisis of globalization: an introduction. Scienza e Pace, XII(1), pp. i-xiv.

Marson, M., Saccone, D. & Vallino, E. (2022), Total trade, cereals trade and undernourishment: new empirical evidence for developing countries, Review of World Economics

Saccone D. (2021), Can the Covid19 pandemic affect the achievement of the ‘Zero Hunger’ goal? Some preliminary reflections. European Journal of Health Economics, 22(7), 1025-1038.

Candelise C., Saccone D., Vallino E. (2021), An empirical assessment of the effects of electricity access on food security. World Development, 141(C), 105390.

Saccone D. (2021), Who gains from economic freedom? A panel analysis on decile income shares. Applied Economics Letters, 28(8), 646-649 (Published online: 28 May 2020).

Saccone D., Deaglio M. (2019). Poverty, Emergence, Boom and Affluence: a New Classification of Economies. Economia Politica, DOI: 10.1007/s40888-019-00166-4

Saccone D. (2017), Economic Growth in Emerging Economies: What, Who And Why, Applied Economics Letters, 24 (11), pp. 800-803.

Valli V., Saccone D. (2015), Structural Change, Globalization and Economic Growth in China and India, The European Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 12, Issue 2, pp. 133-163.

Saccone D. (2013), Income Concentration in China: What Role for Education?,
International Journal of Education Economics and Development, Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 101-

Saccone D. (2011), Book Review, Bardhan P.: Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay:
Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India, Journal of Economics, Vol.102, Issue 3,
pp. 287-289.

Valli V., Saccone D. (2009), Structural Change and Economic Development in China and
India, European Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 101-129. Paper
translated and published in Chinese in “Journal of Translation from Foreign Literatures of
Economics”, 4 (2011), pp. 31-47.

Book chapters

Saccone D. (2012), Istruzione e Diseguaglianze, Cap. 3, in Valli V. e Balcet G. (eds.),
Potenze economiche emergenti: Cina e India a Confronto, Il Mulino, Bologna.

Working Papers

Vittorio V., Saccone D. (2014), Structural Change, Globalization and Economic Growth in China and India, Working Paper n° 32/2014, Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis”, University of Turin.

Saccone D. (2008), Educational Inequality and Educational Poverty. The Chinese Case in
the Period 1975-2004, Working Paper n° 08/2008, Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis”, University of Turin.

Other publications

Saccone D. (2013), Le due facce dell’India tra analfabetismo e nuovi laureati, “IndiaIndie”, Num. 3, Istituto Affari Internazionali e Torino World Affairs Institute.





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