Research Seminars







(Politecnico di Milano)

The surge of remote working and coworking spaces. Exploring the case of Italy through mixed methods

The rescheduling of working methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a surge in remote working (RW) and demand for collaborative spaces, like coworking spaces (CSs), adopting hybrid working models. Within this context, the paper analyses the growth and location of Italian CSs in the period before and after the COVID-19 pandemic (2018-2023) by merging new data sources, and explores its determinants. Applying a mixed methods approach (quantitative and qualitative analysis) we show that Italian CSs are located and grow in large urban areas and medium-sized cities. This growth is triggered by the market demand and market potential. Interestingly, the spatial analysis (Moran’s I) and the interviews show a lower demand for CSs in suburban areas around large cities probably because remote workers and hybrid workers prefer to commute to nearby cities to exploit urbanisation economies. Moreover, a higher concentration of innovation and a stronger broadband endowment trigger CS growth.

Co-authors: Marco Biagetti, Ilaria Mariotti, Sergio Scicchitano

Meeting ID: 991 8684 9700

Passcode: 211400



(University of Cambridge)

Political Risk Insurance: The Role of Lobbying Meetings

The paper studies how the degree of firms' disclosed political risk varies with the intensity of lobbying activities. Beyond the traditional rent-seeking mechanism, lobbying can also overcome information asymmetry between firms and policymakers, enabling firms to mitigate their political risk exposure. The paper uses the information on lobbying meetings of UK-based publicly listed firms and their disclosed political risk through quarterly conference call reports and shows that lobbying reduces firm-level political risk. However, the effectiveness of lobbying as a risk-mitigating tool depends on the political risk and lobbying type. The largest effect of lobbying on political risk reduction is documented in the case of risk coming from institutions and political processes, tax policy, or environmental policy. The least effect is observed on trade policy uncertainty. The results also show that group lobbying is relatively more effective than individual lobbying as it is associated with better information transfers from policymakers and other meeting participants. Importantly, lobbying at the highest policy level does not contribute much to political risk reduction. However, targeting lobbying activities to specific government positions matters the most, such as the Economic Secretary and Parliamentary under-secretary. Lastly, the value of lobbying is larger during periods of high economic policy uncertainty when the demand for policy information is high.

08.02.2024 MICHAEL FUNKE (Hamburg University)

Economic Knock-On Effects of Russia’s Geopolitical Risk on Advanced Economies: A Global VAR Approach

Using Russia as a case study and a global VAR model as methodological tool, we analyze how heightened geopolitical risk shocks propagate across the advanced economies and quantify the economic effects. The global VAR impulse response functions in response to the skyrocketing Russian geopolitical risk shock after Russia's invasion of Ukraine reveal a contraction of GDP and an increase of inflation. Eastern European neighboring countries are particularly affected by the Russian geopolitical risk shock. we also document a strong component of the Russian geopolitical risk shock which is not driven by fossil fuel prices.

Article is available here.

Co-authors: Boris Blagov and Maximilian Dirks



Previous Research Seminars:


06.12.2023. ALEXANDER PLEKHANOV (EBRD). Exorbitant privilege and  economic sanctions. Co-authors: Maxim Chupilkin, Beata Javorcik,  Aleksandra Peeva 

22.11.2023. TIIT TAMMARU (University of Tartu). A comparative study of residential attainment trajectories of migrants under different housing regimes: Evidence from three Nordic capital cities

15.11.2023. KRISTA FISCHER (University of Tartu). Disentangling causal relationships in epidemiology: some recent trends

01.11.2023. ANNELA ANGER-KRAAVI (University of  Cambridge, University of Tartu). Impacts of climate change mitigation measures on the Estonian economy 

25.10.2023. MATHIAS JUUST (University of Tartu), URMAS VARBLANE (University of Tartu). Firm resources and response to a negative export shock: 2014 Russian embargo on the Western food exporters

18.10.2023. FRANÇOIS VAILLANCOURT (Université de Montréal). Economics and language: framework , returns to skills  and policy relevant tools

20.09.2023. MIHAILS HAZANS (University of Latvia). Human values and supervisory responsibilities: A comparative evidence from the Baltic Sea region

06.09.2023. LIIS ROOSAAR (University of Tartu). Gender wage gap in the University of Tartu. Co-authors: Jaan Masso, Jaanika Meriküll, Liis Roosaar, Kärt Rõigas, Tiiu Paas)

21.06.2023. KARL MORASCH (University of Bundeswehr Munich). Global Trade Networks, Strategic Firm Behavior, and the Environment

17.05.2023. KALEV KUKK (Tallinna Ülikool). Otto Strandman majanduspoliitikuna

26.04.2023. JORGE F. S. GOMES (Lisbon School of Economics and Management). HRM in a strong context: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

19.04.2023. TIIA VISSAK (University of Tartu). Exporters' success and failure in the VUCA world

05.04.2023. GAYGYSYZ ASHYROV (Estonian Business School). Mega events and institutional development

01.03.2023. LAUR KANGER (University of Sussex, University of Tartu), ANNA-KATI PAHKER (University of Tartu). Where is the Second Deep Transition most likely to emerge?

22.02.2023. JAANIKA MERIKÜLL (Eesti Pank, University of Tartu). The transmission of Covid-19 related trade shocks across countries: Comparative firm-level evidence

13.12.2022. MAAJA VADI, KRISTA JAAKSON (Tartu Ülikool). Mida avastasime Eesti juhtimisest ja juhtimise uurimisest? (Eesti juhtimisvaldkonna uuringu näitel)

30.11.2022. SALME NÄSI (University of Tampere, University of Tartu). Development of the CSR and Sustainability  Thinking in the Business Studies - Finnish/Nordic Approach

02.11.2022. ANU REALO (University of Warwick, University of Tartu). Why We Trust and Why It Matters?

12.10.2022. MARK F. PETERSON (Aarhus University, University of Tartu). Theorizing Cultural Regions of North America: Implications for Europe and the World.

28.09.2022. AMARESH K. TIWARI (University of Tartu). Automation in an Open, Catching-Up Economy: Aggregate and Microeconometric Evidence.

21.09.2022. MICHAEL MINKOV (Varna University of Management, University of Tartu). Do nations, in-country regions, religions, and ethnolinguistic groups have distinct cultures? Evidence from Europe, Asia, Africa, the US, and Russia.

14.09.2022. KARSTEN STAEHR (Tallinn University of Technology, Eesti Pank). Economic growth (regimes) and capital flows in the Baltic States.

15.06.2022. HAKAN ERATALAY (University of Tartu). On the impact of ESG ratings on asymmetric effects and leverage effects in volatility

01.06.2022. FRANCESCO MANARESI (OECD). Closing the Italian digital gap: The role of skills, intangibles and policies

25.05.2022. IRMA RYBNIKOVA (Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences). Does organizational democracy have societal consequences? Dealing with the so-called "spillover hypothesis"

18.05.2022. OLIVER LUKASON (University of Tartu). How do scientific R&D ventures fail: European evidence based on financial failure processes

04.05.2022. LUCA ALFIERI (University of Tartu). The Effects of the ECB Communications on Financial Markets before and during COVID-19 Pandemic

27.04.2022. NEKTARIOS ASLANIDIS (Universitat Rovira i Virgili). Near-money in history: cryptocurrencies versus bills of exchange

13.04.2022. NIINA NUMMELA (University of Turku). Boosted by failure? Entrepreneurial internationalisation as a cyclical learning process

06.04.2022. GAYGYSYZ ASHYROV (University of Tartu). Cultural aspects of tax behaviour in transition economies

09.03.2022. DAMIAN BEBNOWSKI (University of Lodz). The first 'Treuhandanstalt' (UrTHA) in East Germany in 1990. Review of research

16.02.2022. JAAN VALSINER (University of Tartu, Tallinn University, Aalborg University). Methodology and methods in social sciences: Economics as a qualitative science

02.02.2022. MARK F. PETERSON (Aarhus University; University of Tartu). Experiences in Promoting Multilevel Methods

17.02.2021. ANNABEL HANA  CHRISTIE (Bedfordshire Business School). Why and How Middle Managers Use Autonomy in Strategy?

03.03.2021. LUCA ALFIERI (University of Tartu). The communication reaction function of the European Central Bank. An analysis using topic model indices

10.03.2021. NIINA NUMMELA (University of Turku). In-between worlds – liminal experiences of Finnish-born cosmopolitans

17.03.2021. BETTINA BECKER (Aston University). The effectiveness of regional, national and EU support for innovation in the UK and Spain

24.03.2021. MATTHIAS ROTTNER (European University Institute). Hitting the Elusive Inflation Target

31.03.2021. JAAN MASSO, PRIIT VAHTER (University of Tartu). Innovation as a firm-level factor of the gender wage gap

19.05.2021. MICHAEL MINKOV (University of Tartu; Varna University of Management). A Test of the Revised Minkov-Hofstede Model of Culture: Mirror Images of Subjective and Objective Culture across Nations and the 50 US States.

26.05.2021. MARI-LIIS TIKERPERI (University of Tartu). Estonian schools in the context of social acceleration and mediatization

27.10.2021. MAAJA VADI, PRIIT VAHTER (University of Tartu). Complementarities between technological and organizational innovation: dynamics and firm level outcomes.

03.11.2021. SONJA SACKMANN (University of St Gallen; University of Tartu). Analyzing “bad” / unethical organizational cultures.

24.11.2021. JAANIKA MERIKÜLL (Eesti Pank; University of Tartu). The gender wealth gap in Europe: Application of machine learning to predict individual-level wealth.

08.12.2021. JAAN MASSO, PRIIT VAHTER (University of Tartu). Joining and exiting the value chain of multinationals and performance of suppliers: evidence from inter-firm transaction data.

15.12.2021. MUSTAFA HAKAN ERATALAY (University of Tartu). The impact of ESG ratings on the systemic risk contribution and exposure of European blue-chip companies.

02.12.2020. JAANIKA MERIKÜLL (University of Tartu; Eesti Pank). The gap that survived the transition: 30 years of the gender wage gap in Estonia.

18.11.2020. LENNO UUSKÜLA (University of Tartu; Eesti Pank). Productivity and Firm Turnover.

4.11.2020. MARIA PTASHKINA (Pompeu Fabra University). Measuring Heterogeneity Across Preferential Trade Agreements.

14.10.2020. ASTA PUNDZIENE (Kaunas University of Technology, University of California). Value Traps for Benefiting from Platform-based new business line in MedTech Incumbent Companies. Dynamic Capabilities Perspective.

7.10.2020. JAMES H. LOVE (University of Leeds; University of Tartu). The Dynamics of Geographic Collaboration for Innovation.

16.09.2020. TIIA VISSAK (University of Tartu). A Reviewer’s Perspective: Which Mistakes Do Authors Often Make in Qualitative International Business Research?

02.09.2020. GOURANGA G. DAS (Hanyang University), co-author Ranajoy Bhattacharya. Contract Farming in Agriculture and Host Country Effects: Development Policy Insights from alternative models on Land Deal.

29.04.2020. KARSTEN STAEHR (Tallinn University of Technology; Eesti Pank). Export Performance and Capacity Pressures in Central and Eastern Europe.

22.04.2020. GAYGYSYZ ASHYROV, KRISTA JAAKSON (University of Tartu). Is supervisory responsibility a “demanding resource” depending on job context? Evidence from PIAAC Survey.

8.04.2020. NELE TABA (University of Tartu). Detecting causal effects of diet on health using the method of Mendelian randomization.

10.03.2020. ILONA BUCIUNIENE (ISM Unviversity of Management and Economics). The influence of industrial robots adoption on human capital and human resources architecture change.

04.03.2020. KAOURU NATSUDA (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University).Transfer of Japanese-style management to the Czech Republic: the case of Japanese manufacturing firm.

26.02.2020. AMARESH TIWARI (University of Tartu). Impact Evaluation of Cohesion Fund, 2014-2020: The Case of Estonia.

12.02.2020. JAAN MASSO, JAANIKA MERIKÜLL, PRIIT VAHTER (University of Tartu). The role of firms in the gender wage gap.

18.12.2019. BORISS SILIVERSTOVS (Bank of Latvia). Employment Effect of Innovation.

02.12.2019. PATRIK TINGVALL  (Södertörn University),  JONAS KASTENG (Swedish National Board of Trade). Who Uses the EU’s Free Trade Agreements?

13.11.2019. VLADISLAV SOLOVIOV (University of Tartu). Does regional culture affect innovation in the EU?

05.11.2019. 1. ROMEO TURCAN (Aalborg University). Legitimation, newness and theory building. 2. ILAN ALON (University of Agder). Globalization of Chinese Enterprises. A Review of the Literature and Future Research Agenda.

23.10.2019. TIIA VISSAK (University of Tartu). Foreign market entries, exits and re-entries: The role of knowledge, network relationships and decision-making logic

11.09.2019. OLEGS TKACEVS (Bank of Latvia). Getting Old Is No Picnic? Sector-Specific Relationship Between Workers Age and Firm Productivity.

04.09.2019. GAZI SALAH UDDIN  (Linköping University). Demystifying the impact of GDP, energy, oil price, and trade openness on CO2 emissions in India: an NARDL approach

22.08.2019. LEONIDAS COSTA LEONIDOU (University of Cyprus). Antecedents, moderators, and outcomes of effective import strategy design and implementation.

29.05.2019. MICHAEL MINKOV (Varna University of Management, University of Tartu). Do nations have homogeneous cultures?


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