Elena Vallino
Research Fellow and Lecturer in Economics, Politecnico of Turin.

Who is

Who is

Degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences, University of Torino (2005)
Master in International and Development Economics, University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany (2007)
PhD in Economics, University of Torino (2011)

Previous positions
Visiting scholar at CRED, University of Namur, Belgium (2009)
Visiting scholar at CSID, Arizona State University, USA (2010)
Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Insubria, Varese (2014-2015)
Research fellow at the University of Torino (2013-2014)
Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Alessandria (2011-2013)
Research assistant at Collegio Carlo Alberto, Moncalieri (TO) (2011-2013)

Research interests
Development economics, Natural resource management, International aid, Environmental economics, Green consumers behavior, Contingent valuation, Transport.

Selected publications


Vallino, E., Ridolfi, L., & Laio, F. (2020). Measuring economic water scarcity in agriculture: a cross-country empirical investigation. Environmental Science & Policy, 114, 73-85. 

Falsetti, B., Vallino, E., Ridolfi, L., & Laio, F. (2020). Is water consumption embedded in crop prices? A global data-driven analysis. Environmental Research Letters, in press, 2020. 

Aldashev G. and Vallino E., 2019, The dilemma of NGOs and participatory conservation. World Development 123: 104615. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.104615.

Florio M., Vallino E., Vignetti S., 2017, How to design effective strategies to support SMEs innovation and growth during the economic crisis. Lessons from ex-post evaluation of 2007-2013 ERDF Programmes. European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, 5(2): 99-110.

Frontuto V., Dalmazzone S., Vallino E., Giaccaria S., 2017, Earmarking conservation: further inquiry on scope effects in stated preference methods applied to nature-based tourism. Tourism Management 60:130-139.

Maggi E. and Vallino E., 2016, Understanding the climate change implications of urban mobility and the impact of public policies: the role of the agent-based models. Research in Transportation Economics 55: 50-59. 

Navarra C. and Vallino E., 2015, Who had the idea to build up a village organization? Some evidence from Senegal and Burkina Faso. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics 86(1): 33-72.

Vallino E., 2013, The tragedy of the park: an agent-based model of endogenous and exogenous institutions for forest management. Ecology and Society 19 (1): 35. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol19/iss1/art35/

Bravo G., Vallino E., Cerutti K. A., Pairotti M. B., 2013, Alternative scenarios of green consumption in Italy: an empirically grounded model. Environmental Modelling & Software, 47: 225-234.

Vallino E., 2009, Community based management of a protected area: the case of GEPRENAF in Burkina Faso, International Journal of Social Forestry, 2(1): 24-42.

Working papers

Maggi E. and Vallino E., 2017, An agent-based simulation of urban passenger mobility and related policies. The case study of an Italian small city. Working Paper Series, Department of Economics and Statistics, ISSN: 2039-4004. No 08/2017, Torino.

Bertacchini E., Grazzini J. and Vallino E., 2013, Emergence and evolution of property rights. An agent based perspective. Working Paper Series, Department of Economics and Statistics, No 40/2013, Torino.

Vallino E., 2013, Why droughts started to turn into famines in the Late Victorian periods? A complex system approach. Working Paper Series, Department of Economics and Statistics, No 17/2013, Torino.


Book chapters

Tamea S., Antonelli M., Vallino E. (forthcoming)The Italian Water Footprint and Virtual Water Trade: trends and perspectives. Chapter 12 in Massarutto A., Pertile M., Turrini P. (eds) Water Policy, Law and Economics in Italy: Between National Autonomy and EU Law Constraints, Series “Global Issues in Water Policy”, Springer.

Vallino E., Navarra C., Lanzano C. (2020) From formal to informal and back: which lessons for the “base of the pyramid” markets? Some theoretical reflections from the empirical literature. Chapter 9 in Muthuri J., Arnold M.G., Gold S., Rueda Fajardo X. (eds) Base  of  the  Pyramid  Markets  in  Africa:  innovation  and challenges  to  sustainability, Routledge Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Hardback ISBN 9781138389113. Paperback ISBN 9780367509576.

Sciullo A., Vallino E., Iori M., Fontana M. (2019) Paths and processes in complex electricity markets: the agent based perspective. Chapter 36 in Uğur Soytaş and Ramazan Sarı (eds), Handbook of Energy Economics, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. ISBN 9781138208254.

Vallino E., Maggi E., Beretta E. (2019) An Agent-Based Simulation of Retailers’ Ecological Behavior in Central Urban Areas. The Case Study of Turin. In: Nathanail E., Karakikes I. (eds) Data Analytics: Paving the Way to Sustainable Urban Mobility. CSUM 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 879. Springer, Cham.  ISBN 978-3-030-02304-1.

Sirtori E., Vallino E., Vignetti S., (2017) Testing intervention theory using Bayesian Network Analysis: evidence from a pilot exercise on SMEs support. In Pokorski J., Popis Z., Wyszynska T. and Hermann-Pawlowska K. (eds.), Theory-based evaluation in complex environments, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Warsaw.

Ambrosino A., Maggi E., Vallino E., 2017, Economics of complexity and the analysis of local regulation: the case of urban mobility. In Asquer A., Becchis F. and Russolillo D. (eds), The political economy of local regulation, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy Series, edited by Carroll T., Ramesh M., Darryl S. L. J., and  Cammack P., Palgrave Macmillan UK.


Course “International Development and Innovation” for Corso di Laurea Magistrale Cooperazione Sviluppo e Innovazione nell’Economia Globale, Università degli Studi di Torino  (with M. Migheli and G. Balcet). (2017)

Course “Environment and Economics” for Doctoral and Post Doctoral fellows, Dottorato in Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale, Politecnico di Torino (2020)

Lectures on "Water-food nexus in development", Master “Management of Development”, International Labour Organization-Università degli Studi di Torino and Master "Techs4Change", Politecnico di Torino (2020)   

Lectures on Complexity Economics and Agent-based modelling, Master Degree in Global Entrepreneurship Economics and Management, University of Insubria (2015).

Introduction to Economics: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Corso di Laurea Magistrale Cooperazione Sviluppo e Innovazione nell’Economia Globale, University of Torino (2014 – 2015).

Tutor for the module Economic analysis of institutions for development at the Master Programme Management of Development, International Labour Organization and University of Torino (since 2012).

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