Marco Sanfilippo

Marco Sanfilippo holds a Phd in Development Economics at the University of Florence, and he is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Turin, an Affiliate at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, an Associate Research Fellow in Globalisation and Development at the Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp, and a Programme Associate and Visiting Researcher with the Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute.

His work focuses on understanding the drivers of private sector development in low-income countries using firm and individual level data. On these topics, he regularly consults with national and international organisations, including so far UNICEF, UNIDO, UNU-Wider, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), ILO and the IMF.

Content by Marco Sanfilippo
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Services and economic development in Africa

    This paper presents data and analyses the structure of employment in thirteen African economies at the administrative unit level, with a focus on the role of services. We provide two novel pieces of evidence. First, we present a descriptive snapshot of changes in the composition of employment over time and across geographies. This reveals evidence of structural...

    1 Sep 2021 | Leonardo Baccini, Matteo Fiorini, Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Trade liberalisation, infrastructure, and firm performance

    Starting in 1997, Ethiopia implemented large investments in infrastructure with the road sector development programme. This followed a wave of trade reforms aimed at reducing tariff barriers that occurred between 1996 and 2003. This brief analyses the complementarities between trade and infrastructure reforms, asking whether improvements in the quality of roads...

    28 Aug 2018 | Marco Sanfilippo, Asha Sundaram, Fitsum Zewdu Mulugeta

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Input tariffs, roads, and firm performance: Evidence from Ethiopia

    26 Jun 2018 | Marco Sanfilippo, Asha Sundaram

  • Blog post

    Trade liberalisation in developing countries: The importance of roads

    Research on Ethiopia shows that trade liberalisation can boost the productivity of firms in developing countries, but only if they have access to good roads. Gains from trade liberalisation are not uniform within countries Many developing countries have liberalised trade in the hope that greater international exposure will improve the performance of local firms.  Lower...

    13 Apr 2018 | Marco Sanfilippo, Asha Sundaram

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Firm performance and participation in public procurement: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa

    Public procurement of goods and services accounts for more than 10 percent of GDP in many African countries meaning that governments are an important source of demand. This study uses firm-level data from 19 sub-Saharan African countries to assess the productivity performance of firms participating in public procurement. The findings suggest that companies that...

    9 Mar 2018 | Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Project

    Government demand and firm performance: New evidence for sub-Saharan African Countries

    This project seeks to analyse the role of public procurement as a determinant of firm performance in developing countries. Public procurement is increasingly being employed as an industrial policy tool by East African countries (and developing countries more generally) searching to upgrade domestic industrial capabilities and spur innovation while promoting sustainable...

    18 Jan 2018 | Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Blog post

    Driving domestic investment: FDI use and source matter

    More targeted manufacturing FDI could reinforce and raise domestic investment levels in developing economies. FDI and the developing world Foreign direct investment (FDI) is widely viewed as an important source of external financing for developing countries. The Monterrey Consensus of 2002 formalised this view by making FDI one of the six pillars of development finance,...

    13 Mar 2017 | Alessia Amighini, Margaret McMillan, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Project

    Trade liberalisation, infrastructure and firm performance: Evidence from Ethiopia

    This project seeks to analyse the role of improvements in infrastructure on the transmission of trade liberalisation effects to domestic firms.  While the literature has highlighted trade liberalisation and infrastructure development as effective strategies for economic growth and development, not much is known about the complementarity between the two in generating growth...

    23 Aug 2016 | Fitsum Zewdu Mulugeta, Marco Sanfilippo, Asha Sundaram