Stefano Scarpetta
Research Fellow

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Scarpetta Stefano Scarpetta is the director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the O.E.C.D; his brief also covers OECD work on health and international migration.

He received his laurea (summa cum laude) from the University of Rome, his Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his PhD from the Département et Laboratoire d'Economie Théorique Appliquée (DELTA) of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Science Sociales in Paris.

In 1991, he joined the OECD where he worked on a number of key projects of the organization. In particular, he led several large scale research projects, including: "Implementing the OECD Jobs Strategy"; the "Sources of Economic Growth in OECD Countries"; “The Policy Challenges of Population Ageing" “The Effects of Product Market Competition on Productivity and Labour Market Outcomes”.

He moved to the World Bank in 2002 where he took over the responsibility of labour market advisor and lead economist. In this capacity, he coordinated a Bank-wide research program of Employment and Development and contributed extensively to the Bank's investment climate assessments. He was also one of the leading authors of a number of flagship publications of the Bank, including the World Development Report on "A Better Investment Climate -- For Everyone" (September 2004), the book on "Enhancing Job Opportunities in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union" (November 2005) and the book on “Job Creation in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

He returned to the Economics Department of the OECD in November 2006 where he became the head of the Country Studies Division in charge of Japan, Korea, China, India, Mexico, Portugal, Denmark and Sweden. From March 2008 to June 2010, he was the editor of the OECD Employment Outlook and the head of the Employment Analysis and Policy division of the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (DELSA). He was appointed deputy director of DELSA in July 2010 and he is since May 2013 the director of DELSA.

He has published extensively in academic journals and edited several books in the fields of: labour economics and industrial relations; economic growth; and industrial organisation (see the CV). His current research interests include comparative economic systems, the analysis of labour market policies and institutions, the role of regulations and institutions for productivity growth, creative destruction and job reallocation.

Stefano Scarpetta joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2004 and acted as Program Director of the Institute’s research area “Employment and Development” until February 2016.

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IZA World of Labor article: Employment protection
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
7594  Alexander Hijzen
Leopoldo Mondauto
Stefano Scarpetta
The Perverse Effects of Job-Security Provisions on Job Security in Italy: Results from a Regression Discontinuity Design
(forthcoming as "The Impact of Employment Protection on Temporary Employment: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design" in: Labour Economics, 2017 )
5511  Jens Arnold
Giuseppe Nicoletti
Stefano Scarpetta
Does Anti-Competitive Regulation Matter for Productivity? Evidence from European Firms
5261  Jens Arnold
Andrea Bassanini
Stefano Scarpetta
Solow or Lucas? Testing Speed of Convergence on a Panel of OECD Countries
(published in: Research in Economics, 2011, 65 (2), 110-123)
4578  Eric Bartelsman
John C. Haltiwanger
Stefano Scarpetta
Cross-Country Differences in Productivity: The Role of Allocation and Selection
(published in: American Economic Review, 2013, 103 (1), 305-334)
3237  Philippe Aghion
Thibault Fally
Stefano Scarpetta
Credit Constraints as a Barrier to the Entry and Post-Entry Growth of Firms
(published in: Economic Policy, 2007, 22, 731-779)
2770  Giuseppe Fiori
Giuseppe Nicoletti
Stefano Scarpetta
Fabio Schiantarelli
Employment Outcomes and the Interaction Between Product and Labor Market Deregulation: Are They Substitutes or Complements?
(published as "Employment Effects of Product and Labour Market Reforms: Are There Synergies?" in: Economic Journal, 2012, 122 (558), 79-104)
2450  John C. Haltiwanger
Stefano Scarpetta
Helena Schweiger
Assessing Job Flows across Countries: The Role of Industry, Firm Size and Regulations
(published as 'Cross country differences in job reallocation: The role of industry, firm size and regulations' in: Labour Economics, 2014, 26, 11-25)
1424  Gaëlle Pierre
Stefano Scarpetta
Employment Regulations through the Eyes of Employers: Do They Matter and How Do Firms Respond to Them?
(revised version published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013, 2:15 [journal version])
1374  Eric Bartelsman
John C. Haltiwanger
Stefano Scarpetta
Microeconomic Evidence of Creative Destruction in Industrial and Developing Countries
IZA Policy Papers:
No. Author(s)
27 John P. Martin
Stefano Scarpetta
Setting It Right: Employment Protection, Labour Reallocation and Productivity
(published in: De Economist, 2012, 16 (2), 89-116)