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Federica Maggi


Federica Maggi started a Ph.D in Economics at the Institute for Economic Research (IRE) in October 2014. She obtained a Bachelor degree in Economic science in 2012 and a Master degree in Management in 2014 at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano).

Her research interests concern international economy, with particular focus on imports / exports, exchange rates, sectoral change (from manufacturing to services), foreign direct investment, economic complexity and job polarization.

She is working on the project "Complexity and competitiveness. An analysis on Ticino economy." (, supported by Fondazione Ferdinando e Laura Pica-Alfieri (Lugano). Aim of the project is to analyzing Ticino competitiveness following the approach proposed by Hausmann and Hidalgo (2011). Complex products require a higher level of capabilities; as consequence, a lower number of countries are able to produce that goods, gaining competitive advantage in the international market. Is there "diversity" in the Ticino production? Are there complex assets, produced only in Ticino (low ubiquity), which increase the competitiveness of the region? We want to answer these questions in our studio, analyzing how the product space and the closeness among exports specializations matter in the Ticino economic growth.

She worked on the project “Lugano Internazionale: relazioni transfrontaliere di produzione” ( Aim of the project is to analyze Ticino’s transborder flows of goods and workers, and the connection between domestic and foreign firms. Results from the study have been published in: Maggi F., Maggi R. (2018) Il Ticino, un'economia locale e globale. Analisi dello spazio di produzione e degli scambi commerciali. Armando Dadò Editore.

During her undergraduate studies, she worked as intern at IRE (04.2012 - 10.2014). She was involved in reports concerning the cantonal competitiveness, as well as the evaluation of cantonal policies and its strategic aspects.

From September 2019 until February 2020. she worked as intern at World Trade Organization in Geneva, in the Economic Research and Statistics division. This was a great opportunity to deep her skills and knowledge concerning the international trade and also the WTO transparency policy.