Dr Enrico Vanino

Department of Economics

Senior Lecturer in Economics

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Dr Enrico Vanino
Department of Economics
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9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT

Enrico studied International Economics at the University of Padova (Italy), graduating in 2009 and gaining an MSc in 2011. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Birmingham (2016).

After finishing his PhD, Enrico has worked as a Research Fellow at the Enterprise Research Centre in Birmingham and as a Fellow in Economic Geography at the London School of Economics.

He was appointed Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sheffield in 2019. Enrico is involved in several external research projects, he collaborates with the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and he is affiliated to the Department of Geography and Environment of the LSE.

Enrico is currently in charge of the organization of the internal and external economics seminars series and of the Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series.

Research interests

Enrico's research interests are focused on applied microeconometrics, particularly the interaction between international economics and economic geography, regional and urban economics, economic development, firms' innovation and productivity.

Specifically, his research looks at firms’ behaviour, and the industrial and spatial analysis of globalization, applying econometric methods and GIS techniques to industrial and trade data at the micro-level, mainly using granular longitudinal data on firms’ characteristics, innovation and internationalization.

One strand of his research focuses on the effect of trade policies and trade shocks on the behaviour of firms, analysing the impact of trade defence instruments on affected firms and their externalities, or looking at the role played by policy uncertainty in changing the behaviour of internationalized firms.

Another strand of Enrico’s research analyses the uneven distribution of economic activities across space, for instance looking at the role of infrastructure and foreign direct investments in fostering economic diversification in developing countries, or also studying the regional and industrial disparities in terms of productivity, skills and innovation across developed economies.

Finally, Enrico is also interested in environmental economics issues, in particular considering the adaptation of businesses to extreme natural event and climate change.

Enrico is interested in supervising PhD students in applied microeconometrics, specifically in topics related to trade and international economics, regional and urban economics, micro-level analysis of firms’ behaviour in terms of internationalization, productivity and innovation, development economics with specific focus on Sub-Saharan Africa or the Chinese economy, and environmental economics.


Journal articles

Working papers

  • Corradini C, Matheson J & Vanino E (2022) How important is neighbourhood labour structure in the spread of COVID-19? Within-city evidence from England. The Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series, 2022011. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download


  • Pinchbeck E, Roth S, Szumilo N & Vanino E () The Price of Indoor Air Pollution: Evidence from Radon Maps and the Housing Market. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

Enrico is currently teaching:

  • ECN219: Research Methods and Introductory Econometrics
  • ECN309: Research Methods and Introductory Econometrics

I teach Research Methods and Introductory Econometrics to 2nd and 3rd year students. I like to engage students by linking what I teach to what goes on in the real world. To do so, I try to teach students how to use econometrics tools and apply them to real data to answer empirical questions.

In addition, I like to link what I teach during the lectures with the latest research papers, so that students get a better appreciation for academic research and how they can participate in ongoing debates.