External authors

Francesca Barbiero

Research Assistant

Francesca Barbiero, an italian citizen, holds a Master degree and a bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University in Milan. During her studies, she spent a semester at University of Mannheim in Germany and one month at Keio University in Japan.

Her previous work experience includes internships at the Economics Department of Bocconi University and at the editorial unit of an online economic newspaper. Prior to joining Bruegel, she was an intern at the Economic Research and Markets Strategy division of an investment bank.

Her research interests include Labor and Industrial Economics, as well as European Macroeconomics and Economic Policy.

Read article Download PDF More on this topic

Policy Contribution

In sickness and in health: protecting and supporting public investment in Europe

The long-term decline in gross public investment in European Union countries mirrors the trend in other advanced economies, but recent developments have been different: public investment has increased elsewhere, but in the EU it has declined and even collapsed in the most vulnerable countries, exaggerating the output fall.

By: Francesca Barbiero and Zsolt Darvas Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: February 7, 2014
Read article Download PDF


Manufacturing Europe’s future

‘Manufacturing Europe’s future’ means getting the policies right for firms to grow and prosper. It is not about picking one sector over another, but primarily about setting the right framework conditions for growth, innovation and jobs.

By: Francesca Barbiero, Michael Blanga-Gubbay, Valeria Cipollone, Koen De Backer, Sébastien Miroudot, Alexandros Ragoussis, André Sapir, Reinhilde Veugelers, Erkki Vihriälä, Guntram B. Wolff and Georg Zachmann Topic: Digital economy and innovation, Green economy Date: October 1, 2013
Read article More on this topic

Blog Post

No contagion from Cyprus so far

The Cyprus drama has not destabilised the rest of the eruo area so far, despite the talks about a possible ‘Cyprexit’, i.e. an exit of Cyprus form the euro area.

By: Zsolt Darvas and Francesca Barbiero Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: March 21, 2013