Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Staff Biography

[Photo: Gianmarco OTTAVIANO] Professor Gianmarco OTTAVIANO
Programme Director - Globalisation
Tel:  0207 955 6856
Room/Desk: 32L 2.27A  

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Expertise: foreign direct investment; international trade; multinationals; immigration


Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Honorary Professor of Economics ("studioso di chiara fama") at the University of Bologna, Director of the Globalization Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance London, research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research London, research fellow of the Center for Financial Studies Frankfurt and non-resident senior fellow of Bruegel Brussels. He received his BA in Economics at Bocconi University Milan, his M.Sc. in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his Ph.D. in Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He is the co-author of many works in international trade, urban economics and economic geography. His recent publications focus on the competitiveness of firms in the global economy as well as the economic effects of immigration and offshoring on employment and wages. He is co-editor of the Journal of Regional Science and associate editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Spatial Economic Analysis.

Current Areas of Research:

I am interested in all aspects of international competition with a special focus on manufacturing and services. I am also interested in the economic effects of immigration on countries, regions and cities. My recent writings present analyses based on evidence extracted from firm-level and worker-level data sets.


  • BA in Economics at Bocconi University Milan
  • M.Sc. in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Ph.D. in Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications:

  • Relaxing Credit Constraints in Emerging Economies: The Impact of Public Loans on the Performance of Brazilian Manufacturers
    Filipe Lage de Sousa, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, October 2014
    Paper No' CEPDP1309: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • City of Dreams
    Jorge De la Roca, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Diego Puga, October 2014
    Paper No' CEPDP1305: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Fiat Chrysler and the future of industry
    Giorgio Barba Navaretti, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Maria Teresa Trentinaglia, October 2014
    Paper No' CEPCP434: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • European Integration and the Gains from Trade
    Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, September 2014
    Paper No' CEPDP1301: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Immigration, Diversity and the Labour Market Outcomes of Native Workers: Some Recent Developments
    Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, August 2014
    Paper No' CEPDP1292: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Internationalization and Innovation of Firms: Evidence and Policy
    Carlo Altomonte, Tommaso Aquilante, Gábor Békés, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, April 2014
    Paper No' CEPSP032: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Buyer Margins of Firms' Exports
    Jerónimo Carballo, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Christian Volpe Martincus, July 2013
    Paper No' CEPDP1234: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Regional Growth and Regional Decline
    Holger Breinlich, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Jonathan R. W. Temple, July 2013
    Paper No' CEPDP1232: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Monopolistic Competition and Optimum Product Selection: Why and How Heterogeneity Matters
    Antonella Nocco, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Matteo Salto, April 2013
    Paper No' CEPDP1206: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Immigration, Offshoring and American Jobs
    Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Giovanni Peri, Greg C. Wright, May 2012
    Paper No' CEPDP1147: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    This paper has been published as:
    Rethinking the Effect of Immigration on Wages, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano and Giovanni Peri, Journal of the European Economic Association, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.152-197, February 2012

  • Market Size, Competition, and the Product Mix of Exporters
    Thierry Mayer, Marc J. Melitz, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, May 2012
    Paper No' CEPDP1146: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Global Value Chains During the Great Trade Collapse: A Bullwhip Effect?
    Carlo Altomonte, Filippo Di Mauro, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Armando Rungi, Vincent Vicard, February 2012
    Paper No' CEPDP1131: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Agglomeration, Trade and Selection
    Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, February 2012
    Paper No' CEPDP1129: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)