SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Antonio Andreoni

BSc (Bologna), MSc (Bologna), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)
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Antonio Andreoni
Department of Economics

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Industrial Development and Policy

Research Cluster Convenor

Centre of African Studies

Member, Centre of African Studies

Dr Antonio Andreoni
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Antonio is Senior Lecturer in Economics at SOAS University of London and Research Director of the Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), UK Aid. At SOAS he is also Principal Investigator for ‘Governing financialisation, innovation and productivity in UK manufacturing’ (GOFINPRO), a research project funded by the Gatsby Foundation. Antonio also leads the SOAS Industrial Development and Policy (IDP) Interdepartmental Research Cluster and is a Member of the Centre of African Studies.

Before joining SOAS Antonio was Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. Antonio has a long standing affiliation with the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) led by Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University where he has contributed to the Task Forces on Industrial Policy and Quality of Growth in Africa since 2013. In 2017 Antonio was appointed Visiting Associate Professor of the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg. He is also Founder and Member of the Babbage Research Network at the University of Cambridge; Associate Member of the Academic-Industry Research (AIR) Network, Cambridge MA; Member of the Scientific Committee of the Revue d’economie industrielle.

Over the last decade Antonio has advised and collaborated with multilateral organisations and governments including UNIDO; ILO; UNCTAD; UNDP; UN DESA; OECD; BMZ-GIZ; AFD; JICA; Tanzanian Ministry of Industry and Trade; South Africa Department of Trade and Industry; Finnish Ministry of Economy and Employment; UK Government Office for Science. Antonio is currently Scientific Advisor for the World Bank Competitive Industries and Innovation Programme (CIIP).

Antonio’s work focuses on the political economy of industrial development and policy, specifically the structural, technological and organisational dynamics whereby value is created, captured and distributed within and across different production systems and political settlements. Antonio has conducted extensive research in both advanced and developing countries on productive capabilities, learning and diversification; industrial ecosystems and innovative industrial renewal; automation technologies and public technology intermediaries; the investment-profit nexus and financialisation; policy enforcement and corruption in skills development, power generation and other sectors; and the nexus between corruption processes and structural transformation dynamics in LDCs, Tanzania in particular.

His research appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society, Energy Policy, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy and L’Industria. Antonio is the leading editor of the Special issues on “Frontiers of Industrial Policy” (forthcoming in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2018) and “The Dynamics of Industrial and Economic Renewal in Mature Economies” (forthcoming in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2018).

Antonio is co-editor of L’Industria – Review of Industrial Economics and Policy.

Antonio holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is Life Member of Clare Hall.


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Hassan Sherry, Industrialisation in the MENA Region: The Case of Egypt, Turkey and Iran (working title)
  • Julian Boys, Smart Industrial Policy under International Trade Rules: Using Available Policy Space to Promote Structural Transformation in Developing Countries (Working Title)
  • Olayinka Babalola, Structural Transformation in the Technology Service Sector in Nigeria
  • Sofia Torreggiani, Globalized Production Networks and Industrial Development in LMICs


  • Industrial economics, production systems and learning: Manufacturing systems and value creation; linkages, value chains and inter-sectoral dynamics; structural cycles and technological change; microeconomics and engineering of production and technology systems; theories of the firm, capabilities and industrial commons; organizational and structural learning; public technology intermediaries, industrial upgrading and quality infrastructure.

  • Labour and sustainability: Employment, job quality and value distribution; de-industrialisation; energy technology mix; energy for production uses.

  • Industrial finance: structural variety and evolution of financial systems; profit-investment nexus; financialisation; microfinance and microcredit techniques.

  • Corruption and political economy of manufacturing development: corruption, chain rents and rent-seeking; political settlements and comparative political economy of industrial development.

  • Industrial policy: industrial, technology and manufacturing policy design and implementation; industrial policy models, packages and coordination; policy monitoring, learning and impact evaluation (quasi-experimental, process evaluation and theory of change).

  • Global economic governance and policy: trade regimes; bilateral and multilateral agreements; dualism; policy space; SDGs.

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For help in contacting SOAS academics and advice on services to business and the community, please contact SOAS Enterprise on +44(0)20 7898 4837 or email
For all press and media enquiries please call +44 (0)20 7898 4135 or email

Available for
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  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Global
Country Expertise
  • Ethiopia
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom


Authored Books

Andreoni, Antonio and Sassatelli, Marco and Vichi, Giulia (2013) Nuovi Bisogni Finanziari: La Risposta del Microcredito in Italia. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Andreoni, Antonio and Pelligra, Vittorio (2009) Microfinanza. Dare Credito alle Relazioni.. Bologna: Il Mulino.


Andreoni, Antonio and Frattini, Federico and Prodi, Giorgio (2017) 'Structural cycles and industrial policy alignment: the private–public nexus in the Emilian Packaging Valley'. Cambridge Journal of Economics, (43) 1, pp 881-904.

Andreoni, Antonio (2017) 'Strategies for Emerging Technologies and Strate-gic Sectors: Evidence from OECD countries and some critical reflections on the Italian case'. L’industria, (XXXVII) 1, pp 3-14.

Andreoni, Antonio and Chang, Ha-Joon (2016) 'Bringing production and employment back into development: Alice Amsden’s legacy for a new developmentalist agenda'. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, pp 173-187.

Nerini, Francesco Fuso and Andreoni, Antonio and Bauner, David and Howells, Mark (2016) 'Powering production. The case of the sisal fibre production in the Tanga region, Tanzania'. Energy Policy, (98), pp 544-556.

Andreoni, Antonio and Chang, Ha-Joon (2016) 'Industrial policy and the future of manufacturing'. Economia e Politica Industriale.

Andreoni, Antonio (2014) 'Structural Learning: Embedding discoveries and the dynamics of production'. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, (29), pp 58-74.

Andreoni, Antonio and Scazzieri, Roberto (2014) 'Triggers of change: structural trajectories and production dynamics'. Cambridge Journal of Economics, (38), pp 1391-1408.

Torres, Raymond and Chang, Ha-Joon and Andreoni, Antonio and Kapsos, Steven and Lee, Eddy and Nübler, Irmgard and Fino, Marialaura and Kuan, Ming Leong and Latsos, Sophia and Sexton, Daniel (2014) 'Productive transformation, decent work and development'. World of Work Report, (2014) 1, pp 63-84.

O'Sullivan, Eoin and Andreoni, Antonio and Lopez-Gomez, Carlos and Gregory, Mike (2013) 'What is new in the new industrial policy? A manufacturing systems perspective'. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, (29) 2, pp 432-462.

Andreoni, Antonio and Gregory, Mike (2013) 'Why and How Does Manufacturing Still Matter: Old Rationales, New Realities'. Revue d'Economie Industrielle, (4) 144, pp 17-54.

Andreoni, Antonio (2013) 'Rethinking Microfinance: Towards relational credit practices for sustainability'. Rivista di Studi sulla Sostenibilita', (1), pp 181-190.

Andreoni, Antonio (2011) 'The technology of microcredit. State of the art and prospects of development in Italy'. Bancaria, (2).

Edited Books or Journals

Andreoni, Antonio and Chang, H-J. and Scazzieri, R., (eds.), (2018) Frontiers of Industrial Policy: Structures, Institutions and Policies. Amsterdam: Elsevier. (Special Issue of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics). [Forthcoming]

Andreoni, Antonio and Chang, H-J. and Hamalainen, T. and Konzelman, S., (eds.), (2018) The Dynamics of Industrial and Economic Renewal in Mature Industrial Economies: Implications for Theory and Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Special Issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics). [Forthcoming]

Book Chapters

Andreoni, Antonio (2017) 'Development as Production Transformation'. In: Lepenies, P. and Sondermann, E., (eds.), From the MDG to the SDG:  Stocktaking and Prospects of the Post-2015 Process [Translated from German]. Baden-Baden: Nomos. [Forthcoming]

Andreoni, Antonio (2016) 'Varieties of Industrial Policy: Models, Packages and Transformation Cycles'. In: Noman, A. and Stiglitz, J., (eds.), Efficiency, Finance and Varieties of Industrial Policy: Guiding Resources, Learning, and Technology for Sustained Growth. New York: Columbia University Press. [Forthcoming]

Andreoni, Antonio (2015) 'On Manufacturing Development under Resources Constraints'. In: Baranzini, Mauro and Rotondi, Claudia and Scazzieri, Roberto, (eds.), Resources, Production and Structural Dynamics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Inpress]

Andreoni, Antonio (2015) 'The Political Economy of Industrial Policies: after the crisis, back on the agenda'. In: Mattei, Ugo and Haskell, John, (eds.), Handbook of Political Economy and Law. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar. [Inpress]

Andreoni, Antonio (2015) 'Struttura e dinamiche dell’innovazione dei sistemi manifatturieri moderni: un quadro di analisi e di politica industriale per l’Italia'. In: QuadrioCurzio, A. and Fortis, M., (eds.), Dai Metalli alla Meccatronica. Bologno: Il Mulino.

Chang, Ha-Joon and Andreoni, Antonio (2014) 'Rebuilding the UK Industrial Base'. In: Umunna, Chuka, (ed.), Owning the Future. How Britain can make it in a fast-changing world. London: Policy Network, pp 103-112.

Andreoni, Antonio (2013) 'Microfinance'. In: Bruni, Luigino and Zamagni, Stefano, (eds.), Handbook of the Economics of Philanthropy, Reciprocity and Social Enterprise. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar, pp 227-327.

Monographs and Working Papers

Andreoni, Antonio (2017) Anti-Corruption in Tanzania: A political settlements analysis. SOAS University of London: Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium Working Paper 01.

Andreoni, Antonio (2017) Mapping Industrial Production in Tanzania: A Disaggregated Analysis Based on the 2013 Mainland Census. United Nations Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Working Paper Series; WP 12.

Khan, Mushtaq and Andreoni, Antonio and Roy, Pallavi (2016) Anti-Corruption in Adverse Contexts: A Strategic Approach. London: SOAS. [Unpublished]

Andreoni, Antonio and Upadhyaya, Shyam (2014) Growth and distribution pattern of the world manufacturing output: a statistical profile. United Nations Development Organization [Working Paper 02/2014]. Vienna: UNIDO.

Andreoni, Antonio (2013) The Industrial Competitiveness of Nations – Looking back, forging ahead. Vienna: UNIDO.

Chang, Ha-Joon and Andreoni, Antoni and Kuan, Ming Leong (2013) International industrial policy experiences and the lessons for the UK. London: UK Government Office for Science.

Andreoni, Antonio (2011) Productive Capabilities Indicators for Industrial Policy Design. UNIDO.

Andreoni, Antonio (2011) Manufacturing Agrarian Change. Agricultural production, inter-sectoral learning and technological capabilities. DRUID.

Book Reviews

Andreoni, Antonio (2017) 'Review of: Sustainable Innovation and Regional Development. Rethinking Innovative Milieus by Leila Kebir. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016.'. Economic Issues, (22) 2, pp 121-122.


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