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Innovation and employment can be a good marriage. Following on from an analysis of the classical economists, the author challenges the old paradigm of ‘innovation means unemployment’, which has dominated the economic debate for centuries. Is it possible to promote technological change as well as innovation and employment? At what point do technological change and innovation become labour friendly? These are among the topics examined in detail in the enclosed essays. This book considers a set of EU countries in which the results leave no doubts: innovation and employment can be an engine for an increase in employment, but the most important thing is the building of an adequate ecosystem. In this global era, national systems and the organisation of institutions (such as centres of education, legislation, academia and research) remain critical factors and play an important role in the success and the failure of innovation policy.
Andrea Vicini obtained a PhD in Economics from the Swiss Management Center University (SMCU) in 2015, developing a research project on technology, innovation and employment, and has previously received a degree in Political Science from Sapienza University of Rome. He contributed to research projects concerned with analysing the dual technology and geopolitical strategy of the conversion of military industry at the Center of Study on International Policy in Rome, and at the same time served as an Assistant Professor at the Sapienza University of Rome for three years. Andrea is currently a middle manager in an industrial company; he developed relevant professional experience working for international and domestic companies in internal auditing, the compliance sector, risk management and finance control, and obtained an appropriate professional certification in Control Risk Self-Assessment (CRSA). He is chartered as a Master in Business Administration, as recognised by the Association of Italian Masters in Business Administration (AIMBA), and is a member of professional organisations concerned with the study of economic and policy questions, such as the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and the Italian Association of Internal Auditors (AIIA).
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