P. Lelio Iapadre

P. Lelio Iapadre is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of L’Aquila, Adjunct Professor of International Economics at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Italy, and Associate Research Fellow at the United Nations University – Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU–CR IS). He previously served as chief economist in the National Institute of Foreign Trade and as adviser to the Italian Minister of Foreign Trade.

Papers Published in World Economics:

The World is not Flat

This paper reviews different proposals for the measurement of globalisation, arguing that available composite indicators, although going beyond a purely economic definition of international integration, fail to perform their task adequately for a variety of conceptual and methodological reasons. The most important problem is that globalisation indicators often do not take the spatial aspects of international interactions adequately into account. The scope of international integration is not necessarily global, as cross-border interactions among human societies are often limited in their geographical reach. The author explores a number of ways through which space and distance affect the construction of globalisation indicators.

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