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NEW BOOK: Investing in Science

Massimo Florio, founder and honorary president of CSIL,  Professor of Public Economics at the University of Milan, has recently authored a new book published by MIT Press.

CSIL activities

RI-Paths - Charting Impact Pathways of Investment in Research Infrastructure

CSIL is partner of an H2020 project aimed to develop a model describing the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures and of their related financial investments. Find out more

European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change - EOCIC

CSIL is partner of the project EOCIC, aimed to help Europe's regions and countries in designing better and more evidence-based cluster policies and initiatives. Read more

NEW CIRIEC Working Paper by Massimo Florio

"Biomed Europa: after the coronavirus, a public infrastructure to overcome the pharmaceutical oligopoly", a new CIRIEC Working Paper by Massimo Florio, proposes a structural intervention to create an international, interconnected, transparent, science-informed, and publicly-funded research infrastructure for pharmaceutical and biomedical research – BIOMED EUROPA.


NEW publication: The Social Cost-Benefit Analysis of Large Research Infrastructures

Massimo Florio and Chiara Pancotti authored a new open-access paper published on Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Physics.



On 22, 24 and 29 June, the RI-PATHS project team organised three free online webinars on “A European framework for socio-economic impact of research infrastructures: A way forward”. Representatives from research infrastructures, funding agencies, policymakers, and analysts contributed to the discussion. 


The pathways from experiments to innovation impacts: ALBA-CSIL pilot exercise

CSIL and ALBA carried out a pilot exercise to describe and trace the innovation impacts arising from experiments at the ALBA Synchrotron Light facility, the single-sited research infrastructure in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona). A report with the pilot's outcomes is now available online.


XVIII Milan European Economy Workshop: The socio-economic impact of investment in science

The Milan European Economy Workshops are in-depth discussions on highly relevant policy issues for the European Union. The XVIII edition will be held online, as a webinar, on 25 and 26 June 2020.

If you want to participate, please email




Milan CBA Summer School

The 10th edition of the Milan Summer School on Cost-Benefit Analysis will be held in 2021.

We will share more details about the event and application process as soon as possible.


Despite the postponement, the organising committee keeps working on the next edition.
We remain committed to offering a unique learning opportunity.

Ex post evaluation of Major Projects

CSIL, together with Ramboll, completed the Ex post evaluation of environmental Major Projects supported by the ERDF and Cohesion Fund between 2000 and 2013. The study is available on the website of the DG REGIO


EBN Innovation Network

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In June, CSIL joined the EBN, the international community of smart and specialised organisations. EBN is a network that connects innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs.


SBCA – Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

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CSIL is an affiliate organisation of the SBCA, the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis.