Our thinking

  1. Which are the winning sectors of the Italian economy? The best and worst performers of 2017
    22 November 2018 Which are the winning sectors of the Italian economy? The best and worst performers of 2017

    Companies linked to online commerce, sales, delivery, and packaging will show the fastest growth

  2. The Italian industry of machines for the food and beverage
    13 November 2018 The Italian industry of machines for the food and beverage 

    In Italy today, there are 2100 companies active in this industry, corresponding to a production value of 7 billion euros and over 26 thousand employees

  3. Intangible assets, an answer to the challenges of the Italian manufacturing scenario
    05 November 2018 Intangible assets, an answer to the challenges of the Italian manufacturing scenario

    In the next two years, we expect a slowdown in global growth, in a context of growing risks

  4. The construction sector in Italy on a path of recovery
    30 October 2018 The construction sector in Italy on a path of recovery

    Driven by a recovery in national construction, a growth scenario is expected in the construction material sector, but at a rate that remains insufficient to return to pre-crisis activity levels

  5. Income, an unstable equilibrium across generations
    29 October 2018 Income, an unstable equilibrium across generations

    For Generation X and the millennials, the income growth path is more disappointing than that of one's own parents; a change of course can only leverage education

  6. Positive signs from Southern Italy
    25 October 2018 Positive signs from Southern Italy 

    Prometeia MIO’s latest regional scenario shows a more favourable outlook for Southern Italy in comparison with other geographical areas

  7. USMCA, the new NAFTA
    11 October 2018 USMCA, the new NAFTA

    25 years after the NAFTA, USMCA was born, the new agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico destined to be a model for the future agreements

  8. Export, the Italian lack of complexity
    04 October 2018 Export, the Italian lack of complexity

    The complexity indicators of world countries allow for the redefining of traditional measures on specialization

  9. Economic Complexity Index, the ranking of the main countries
    03 October 2018 Economic Complexity Index, the ranking of the main countries

    Methodological note on the ECI developed by Harvard's Center for International Development

  10. The never-ending competition between Italy and France: who wins in tourism?
    27 September 2018 The never-ending competition between Italy and France: who wins in tourism?

    The number of tourists (slightly) favours France, which, however, suffers from a greater concentration of them in the Capital region

  11. The slow pace of Central Italy in the midst of legacies from the crisis and current difficulties
    23 July 2018 The slow pace of Central Italy in the midst of legacies from the crisis and current difficulties

    In Italy the economic recovery is weaker in the central area that will keep growing less than the North and more in line with the South

  12. Late payments in Italy between legislative rules and credit needs
    23 July 2018 Late payments in Italy between legislative rules and credit needs

    The aligment of Italian companies with the EU Late Payment Directive continues to clash with the practice of very delayed payment

  13. South Korea – USA: the missing piece
    05 July 2018 South Korea – USA: the missing piece

    The internationalization of the Asian country makes it particularly sensitive to the current protectionist trends 

  14. Southern regions expected as the oldest in Italy
    03 July 2018 Southern regions expected as the oldest in Italy

    In 2065 Val d'Aosta, Trento and Bolzano will be the regions with the lowest old-age index

  15. Italy ranks first for NEET, a worrying generational trend
    28 June 2018 Italy ranks first for NEET, a worrying generational trend

    Eurostat data certify that Italy is among the worst countries in the EU in terms of NEET: a quarter of young people don’t study and don’t work

  16. Petrolio, le tensioni USA-Iran accendono il mercato
    04 June 2018 The growing US-Iran tensions inflame the oil markets

    The withdrawal from the nuclear agreement awakens the ghosts of 2012, when the EU embargo brought the Brent benchmark above the 110 US $ / barrel threshold

  17. USA vs EU tariff war: a defeat for everyone
    01 June 2018 USA vs EU tariff war: a defeat for everyone

    In the case of escalation 7.8 billion fewer exports for the States, 4.4 billion for the Old Continent

  18. L’export italiano di autoveicoli alla prova dei dazi
    28 May 2018 Italian cars export to the test of trade barriers

    The reduction of Chinese tariffs on cars and spare parts positively affects the prospects of our exports, provided that no negative surprises come from the US market

  19. The Italian textile industry 10 years after the great crisis
    23 May 2018 The Italian textile industry 10 years after the great crisis

    The sector still plays an important role in the entire national manufacturing, although deeply resized compared to the first half of the last decade

  20. Liguria and Friuli Venezia Giulia the oldest regions in Italy
    23 April 2018 Liguria and Friuli Venezia Giulia the oldest regions in Italy

    In Italy  there are 169 people aged over 65 every 100 people aged between 0 and 14

  21. Will it really be a “hard” Brexit?
    23 April 2018 Will it really be a “hard” Brexit?

    A large part of the English MPs would like to leave the door open to membership of the Customs Union. Is this implying that Brexit can be reversed?

  22. Are Italian young people without a job less inclined to go abroad than their European peers?
    09 April 2018 Are young Italian unemployed less inclined to go abroad than their European peers?

    The readiness to go abroad of young Italian without a job is lower than the European average

  23. USA duties, an entirely avoidable European escalation
    22 March 2018 USA duties, an entirely avoidable European escalation

    Trade war continues to remain a latent risk, given the temporary nature of the exemption for the EU

  24. Healthy and technological breakthrough for the vending sector
    06 March 2018 Healthy and technological breakthrough for the vending sector 

    Vending industry is renewing to intercept new consumption trends

  25. E-commerce drives the revenues of express couriers
    21 February 2018 E-commerce drives the revenues of express couriers

    The
    sector is showing a positive evolution thanks to the development of online
    sales

  26. Construction products, the recovery is gaining strength
    15 February 2018 Construction products, the recovery is gaining strength

    In the first 11 months sector turnover grew at a rate of 2.9%, supported in particular by domestic demand

  27. South Italy, unemployment still above the 2008 levels
    01 February 2018 South Italy, unemployment still above the 2008 levels

    In the North jobless percentage is set to come back to its pre-crisis levels only in 2024, in Central regions in 2028; for South Italy even longer times

  28. Detergents, the flagship of Italian chemical industry
    29 January 2018 Detergents, the flagship of Italian chemical industry

    The microsector marked a sharp contrast with the overall average, showing itself as one of the most dynamic in manufacturing

  29. Oil still on the rise, what to expect now?
    16 January 2018 Oil still on the rise, what to expect now? 

    Brent headed above the US$ 70 barrel threshold as the resurgence of shale oil and the Opec exit strategy cloud the near-term price outlook

  30. Urban mobility becomes greener
    22 December 2017 Urban mobility becomes greener

    Bicycles, due to the crisis that has penalized scooters and mopeds, and to the growth of the e-bikes market, take more space in urban mobility

  31. Favorable wind for Italian export
    13 December 2017 Favorable wind for Italian export

    The XV ICE-Prometeia report confirms a positive trend

  32. The crisis is over for almost all economic sectors
    22 November 2017 The crisis is over for almost all economic sectors

    The exit from the economic recession was not painless but finally the recovery is widespread across many sectors

  33. Italian cities towards a new urban model
    17 November 2017 Italian cities towards a new urban model

    The top of the ranking for environmental performances is Mantua 

  34. Tourism: foreigners go South
    09 November 2017 Tourism: foreigners go South

    Ten millions more nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments made 2016 an exceptional year for tourism in Italy

  35. The point on Italian manufacturing and the Revolution 4.0
    06 November 2017 The point on Italian manufacturing and the Revolution 4.0

    The signs of growth consolidation are more widespread. But a deep transformation of the production base is needed to keep up with the new trends

  36. Italian export and generational change… in customers
    30 October 2017 Italian export: the challenge of generational change

    Italian companies today should invest in a generational turnover in their management to take advantage of an age change in their customers

  37. Italian expatriates, what’s new?
    27 October 2017 Italian expatriates, what’s new?

    Italian expatriates keep growing. Where are they leaving from? And how attractive can Italian territories still be?

  38. The electric car pushes cobalt prices
    23 October 2017 The electric car pushes cobalt prices

    The metal, the main input in batteries production, is extracted in Congo mines

  39. In the construction sector diverging paths between Europe and USA
    16 October 2017 Construction sector, diverging paths between Europe and USA

    The recovery in construction is strengthening in European countries, while residential investment has (temporarily) halted in United States

  40. Innovative Italy: Made in Italy patents are growing
    06 October 2017 Innovative Italy: Made in Italy patents are growing

    In 2016 patent applications exceeded the threshold of 4,000 units

  41. Is Italy bike friendly?
    28 September 2017 Is Italy bike friendly?

    The economic value of bike trips is estimated at € 6,2  billion and 743 thousands Italians normally use bike to reach the workplace

  42. The system of health accounts in Italy
    27 September 2017 The system of health accounts in Italy

    The expenditure is at the center of the public debate on sustainability of the welfare model, but there is not a system of comparisons with Europe

  43. Attractive or vulnerable? Geography of tourism is changing in Italy and in Europe
    20 September 2017 Geography of tourism is changing in Italy and in Europe

    Spanish regions and Adriatic Croatia excel, while Île de France falls back. In Italy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna perform well 

  44. Auto, l’estate riaccende le vendite
    19 September 2017 Summer season boosts car sales

    The recovery cycle of car purchases by Italian households continues at a slower pace; the income constraints move the market on used cars

  45. With 11 million passenger visits (22% of the European market), cruise tourism in Italy is a fast-growing business
    03 August 2017 The economic contribution of cruise tourism

    With 11 million passenger visits (22% of the European market), cruise tourism in Italy is a fast-growing business

  46. Signs of recovery in Southern Italy
    01 August 2017 Signs of recovery in Southern Italy

    After growing above the national average in 2015, Southern Italy performed in 2016 in line with overall economy, but better than the Central and North Western regions

  47. Present and future of Friuli Venezia Giulia economy
    25 July 2017 Present and future of Friuli Venezia Giulia economy

    An highly industrialized area committed to define new strategies for sustainable growth

  48. Italian steel industry jeopardized by US protectionist trend
    18 July 2017 Make America Great Again: what’s at stake for the Italian steel industry

    A journey through Prometeia MIO provides the tools for identifying which sectors will be affected the most in an old-fashioned protectionism scenario

  49. 17 July 2017 What’s next in international trade and production?

    Countries’ participation seems to have stopped its widening, with a smaller number of them involved in the growth processes 

  50. 12 July 2017 The pharmaceutical sector in Italy: not only Big Pharma

    It is the only Italian manufacturing industry currently above the pre-crisis levels

  51. Italian businesses in Qatar in the aftermath of Arab blockade: a parallel with Iran
    07 July 2017 Italian businesses in Qatar in the aftermath of Arab blockade: a parallel with Iran

    The experience with Iran provides a first guideline for assessing the possible impact of the ban imposed to Doha

  52. 29 June 2017 When Internet meets the physical network: Amazon-Whole Foods and the omnichannel revolution

    In the US the rapid ascent of online sales has led the major players in the food distribution sector to rationalize the sales network

  53. 28 June 2017 The South of Italy is shifting towards Central-Northern Italy: has the recovery process been initiated?

    In 2016 Southern industry has ensured  a 3.4% development, well above the 1% of Central and Northern Italy

  54. 27 June 2017 Going grey: consumption in the face of future demographic trends

    Education and technology are changing the consumer choices of people over the age of 64

  55. 26 June 2017 Going grey: Italian regions in the face of future demographic trends

    The ageing of the population represents a risk for long-term economic and social growth

  56. 23 June 2017 The rubber sector and the high volatility of the prices of raw materials

    In the past 12 months, the sector has been amongst those more greatly exposed to the phenomenon

  57. 16 June 2017 Construction sector, recovery strenghtens in Q1 2017 

    The key drivers of recovery will be the investment in housing renovation and the measures planned for public works

  58. 14 June 2017 An brilliant 2016 for the ceramic tile industry

    The national production has recovered the pre-crisis levels reaching 416 million square metres (+5.4% as compared to 2015)

  59. 12 June 2017 O tempora, o mores. The idea of fair trade in the Trump era

    Nowadays the call for fair trade seems to be a matter of scale

  60. 09 June 2017 The Oil & Gas Valve industry In Italy: hidden champions of an outperforming cluster 

    Bergamo is the heart of an industrial district across provincial boundaries that encompasses more than 90% of the national production

  61. 05 June 2017 Manufacturing turnover still on the rise in the first quarter 2017

    The data provided by Istat on January-March show a significant rise in the overall sales year on year

  62. 31 May 2017 Loss of market shares on global trade and rating downgrading: what is happening to China?

    International trade relations and Beijing's development model are changing

  63. 26 May 2017 The Italian manufacturing has had makeover, but further efforts are required

    The Italian manufacturing sector seems to have shrunk, though it has got what it takes to face future challenges

  64. 17 May 2017 US: a market that is worth an entire continent for Italian enterprises

    The States are the main current and prospective market for high quality Made in Italy products

  65. 16 May 2017 Italy’s beauty is worth €240 billion, 16.5% of GDP

    The research evaluates the economic value of Italian Beauty and its potential

  66. 28 April 2017 US duties: the dark side for the US economy

    President Trump wants duties on imported goods. However, this would not only translate into advantages: direct and indirect negative effects would affect wide portions of the American industry, including the automotive sector

  67. 26 April 2017 Regional development in Italy and Spain: are the engines running smoothly?

    Catalonia and Madrid keep growing, however, the unemployment rate is high. Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna are experiencing unemployment rates lower than the European average, it is necessary to boost education, technology and innovation

  68. 27 March 2017 The road to "green" vehicles in Italy

    The sales of alternative fuel vehicles have been erratic. However, since 2012, hybrid vehicles have have been growing each year in double figures

  69. 16 March 2017 The relentless advance of the Internet

    The growing competitive forces will make it crucial for retailers to boost digitalisation in order to protect performance in terms of growth and profitability

  70. 03 March 2017 Is Southern Italy still bringing up the rear?

    In 2015 the South of the country closed the year with a GDP growth exceeding 1%. However, the structural fragility prevents sustained growth