Rome Business School Research Center collects publications and studies from national and international specialists coming from different Businesses: Current Affairs, Politics, Development and Technology with the aim of spreading information and promoting a global learning community, which creates opportunities for economic and personal growth.

Research center’s Director: Valerio Mancini

Analyst and Political Scientist expert in International Relations

Professor and Director of the Research Center of the Rome Business School; he also is a lecturer at the Armando Curcio Institute in Rome and was a visiting lecturer in Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Cyprus and Syria. He worked in Italy and abroad with various international organizations (UNODC, UNICRI, MAOC-N and OECD) and national associations (MISAP, MASTERY and Youth Committee of the Italian National Commission of UNESCO). He published several articles, reports and academic research; he was a foreign journalist for the Colombian newspaper “El Espectador” and, since 2010, is a reporter for Italy for the radio program “UN Analísis”.Author of “Calcio & Geopolitica” (Edizioni Mondo Nuovo, 2021).

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Smart working and gender gap, Le due grandi sfide del futuro del lavoro.

Marzo 2020

Il mondo sta cambiando alla velocità della luce. La digitalizzazione, la globalizzazione e i cambiamenti demografici stanno avendo un profondo impatto sulla nostra vita, sulle nostre culture, sulle nostre società

Pharmaceutical expenditure trend. International, National and Regional Trends.

April 2020

The global use of medicines is one of the main factors, capable of influencing the trend of public health. The practical ability to measure such use in a timely and generalised way, provides a unique window on the progress and functionality of health systems around the world.

Pharmaceutical expenditure trend. How food changes in Italy and in the world, the main trends of a key sector for the national economy. National and Regional Trends.

June 2020

Global trends and turnover of the made in Italy products, the new habits of the functional nutrition, the changes in the food sector during the COVID19 and the future challenges, starting from the fight against obesity, the containment of which could prevent 688 thousand non-communicable diseases by 2050 that will save 278 million euros per year in healthcare expenditure and increase the employment and productivity of a share equal to 18 thousand full-time workers.

The demographic trends in Italy and worldwide

July 2020

Stop the loss of talents, attract talents from abroad, economic and social costs, trends and proposals in the Rome Business School’s research. Italy, the oldest country in Europe, will lose about 7 million inhabitants. A real flight of talents which costs the government 30 billion euros each year, 165 thousand euros per family. Internationalizing the higher education system, focusing on the English teaching and on the e-learning are some of the solutions reported by the Rome Business School Report to stem the phenomenon, focusing competencies and knowledge.


August 2020

Why is so important to have a big football event? What are the most profitable leagues? What is the role of football in the geopolitical chessboard? Why football hasn’t completely stopped completely even facing the global pandemic crisis? What will be the COVID19 effects on football during the next year? Research by Valerio Mancini (Rome Business School – Research Center Director) and Alessio Postiglione, coordinator of the master in Political Marketing and Communication.

The Italy of wine. Restart form the export and form the higher – professional education.

September 2020

The Italian wine activity during Covid-19. The new consumption map and the most penalized countries, the raising stars and the consumers of the future. China placed itself at the second place in the world and the overtaking of Canada over Italy. The new employment opportunities with the growth of jobs among the under 25 and the evolution of new business models towards transition 3.0.

Employability and professional future

The importance of higher education

October 2020

How the labor market is changing and how the concept of “employability” evolves among covid, the rising of unemployment and new technologies. The map of the new future professions, the most requested skills, the new professional dynamics and the educational paths on which to focus in order to find the right position in the next job market asset.

Rome Business School – Research Center analyzed #GorvernmentDebt and post Covid-19 perspectives. 

January 2021

What do we mean by government debt? What can we expect from the future? Valerio Mancini, RBS – Research Center Director breaks down the statisrics and explore the insights of debt distribution and the recovery fund.

Environmental sustainability and sustainable development. What challenges for the urban ecosystem of the future?

February 2021

The study realized in collaboration with Legambiente: “Environmental sustainability and sustainable development. What challenges for the urban ecosystem of the future? “ (edited by Valerio Mancini, Director of the Rome Business School Research Center, and by Mattia Lolli, member of the National Secretariat of Legambiente) presents the results of a survey conducted on 104 municipalities in the capital of Italy, highlighting significant critical issues and numerous environmental performances , between winning and not.

Counterfeiting in the current economic context. The main tools of Made in Italy

March 2021

Rome Business School – Research Center’s Report “Counterfeiting in the current economic context. The main tools for the protection of the “Made in Italy”, redacted by Valerio Mancini, Director of the Rome Business School Research Center, and by Fabio Guglietta, CEO of BiT256, analyzes the characteristics of the phenomenon and its most affected sectors, highlighting an exponential growth in the market growth for drugs and illicit medical supplies following the Covid-19 pandemic.

E-commerce and Industry 4.0

March 2021

The Report analyzes the latest evolution of E-commerce and Digital Economy in Italy, on the foreground of events like Covid19, Brexit and the development of AI.

Work-life Balance and Gender GAP – Una vera sfida per il futuro del lavoro.E-commerce and Industry 4.0

April 2021

An analysis of trends and challenges of the job market environment, especially after the pandemic (WORK-LIFE BALANCE and GENDER GAP) and on the exponential growth of agile working methodologies, also in the public sector. An analysis of the Italian placement among the quality of the working life and gender differences that are still very strong in the working environment.

Food and Beverage Made in Italy. The new trends in the post Covid

June 2021

How have the eating habits of Italians after the Covid-19 emergency changed? 63% of Italians now prefer a healthy diet and 82% prefer Made in Italy products. This is what emerges from the new report, a detailed analysis per region on the new trends in food and beverage in Italy towards healthier foods with controlled origin.

Tourism in Italy in the post-Covid era

July 2021

With 15 million Italians on vacation in July, the study reports a growth of 9% tourists compared to 2020. At the European level, Italy ranks fourth for presences, with a share of 13.4% of the total of EU countries. But which are the trends? What are tourists looking for in Italy? According the report: smart cities and experiential tourism are the new keys to attract visitors. Which are the best cities in Italy, better in responding to these two new needs?

The Olympic Games business: opportunity or failure?

August 2021

The research collects data on the economic consequences of Covid-19 on the ongoing Olympics in Tokyo. The study then carries out a forecast analysis on the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games which will be held from 6 to 22 February. Is it still worth hosting the Games?

Smart cities: Lights and shadows of the metropolises of the future

September 2021

The study explains how the pandemic has accelerated the need for more technological and ecological cities, “smarter” cities, and the challenge that this poses in the transformation towards a sustainable economy. What are the most virtuous “smart” cities in Italy? The development of smart cities depends on cultural and therefore technological transformation, will Italy be ready?

Work productivity and work-life balance

September 2021

The study offers a diagnosis of the level of productivity in Italy and personal and family reconciliation, through an international comparison with France and Spain. The study states that 30% of Italians believe that smart working helps reconciliation, even if more than 40% say they cannot work remotely. What do other countries think, where “does smart working work best”? And what do women think?

The wine sector in Italy: a market in great expansion

October 2021

The study explains to which extent and how the wine sector in Italy has been able to show resilience and even growth during and after the Covid-19 Pandemic period. Youth and online sales some of the keys. Italy is now the world major wine productor (18%). The analysis offers data and shows the new trends of the current wine sector all over the world and in each of the Italian regions.

Italian Enterpreneurship: successful trends in the economy

October 2021

The research highlights the fundamental role that SMEs play, and in particular the family-run ones, for the recovery of the country (they represent 85% of Italian companies, responsible for 70% of employment). Although in Italy, three out of four SMEs have resisted the crisis generated by the pandemic thanks to resilience and creativity, only solid strategies in digitization and circular economy in support of SMEs will be able to give real impetus to Italian entrepreneurship.

Demographic trends

November 2021

The study offers significant data on demographic trends in Italy and in the EU: Italy appears to be the oldest country in Europe, in a continent less and less populated by young people. In Italy, the main problems are linked to: brain drain abroad (2.1% of the population in the last year), very low birth rate (1.29 children per woman) and high levels of longevity (the average age in Italy is 47 years). Europe, where the average age is 44, 24 years older than the African continent, together with Italy must respond promptly to the demographic crisis in order not to lose competitiveness, wealth and development.

Counterfeiting in Italy

December 2021

The research highlights alarming data on the phenomenon of counterfeiting in Italy: there are 4 counterfeit works of art sold per day in Italy, which is positioned as the 5th country in the world for black market value. The crime affects the whole peninsula, but Lombardia and Lazio are the regions with the highest number of seizures. Economic damage and unemployment as the main consequences, which can however be countered with blockchain, supply chain 4.0 and the new technologies promoted and developped by Italy too.

Silver Economy

December 2021

The research analyzes the impact of the increase of the over 65 population in Italy and around the world, and studies how this represents an important business and technological development opportunity. In 2100, Italy is expected to be the third “oldest” country in the world with an average age of 53.6 years, after Japan and South Korea. Italy cannot miss the opportunity to transform the challenge of demographic aging in a business opportunity, meeting the needs of silver with a targeted offer.

Public Debt in Italy

January 2022

The research provides data and in depht analysis on the increase of the public debt in EU countries, and especially in Italy, which with Japan is one of the two developed countries with the highest public debt relative to GDP: 238% and 157.5%, respectively. The research covers the main problems in Italy: the North/South gap – where the best debt/GDP ratio belongs to Lombardy (71.9%), the worst is Calabria (305.3%) – concluding that the North/South divide is set to increase. Not only that, if the decline in the working population, rising prices and labor costs continue, the wages/prices gap will become difficult to control. At the end of the research the authors provide possible solutions that could help Italy and other EU members to overcome the public debt accumulated and increased during the pandemic period.

Fashion in Italy

February 2022

The research analyzes the habits of Italian consumers and the trends of the fashion market in Italy, highlights the worldwide recognition of Made in Italy, studies the phenomenon of online shopping, the spread of the practice of “clothing for rent”, and finally the growing awareness of consumers towards the environment and sustainability.
In Italy, in fact today 85% of digital buyers make on average at least one online purchase per month, a value of 5 points higher than that recorded in 2020. Not only that, the global business of “second-hand” products will increase between 15% and 20% until 2026 and the rental fashion market will touch 1.9 billion by 2023. Trends and new consumer interests that must be taken into consideration by companies, which today must focus on sustainability and brand activism to meet Italians’ demand.

Gender Gap in Italy

March 2022

The research studies the gender gap in Italy, analyzing the factors that determine it, to what extent Covid has canceled part of the progress made, the PNRR and the future of the job market, and how women are represented by the media. Today Italy occupies the last places among industrialized countries for the quality of its employment due to a delay in the field of smart working and an endemic lack of job stability. In Italy, women are the most disadvantaged: the female employment rate in Italy stood at 49%, the percentage of women in executive levels is only 17%, women make up 26% of the news ‘subjects’ versus the average European by 28%. It is urgent to use PNRR opportunities and funds to bridge the gender gap further accentuated by the pandemic.

Bank system in Italy: Blockchain and cryptocurrency

April 2022

The research analyzes the role of blockchain technology and crypto currencies in the transformation of business models worldwide, examining in particular the case of Italy, their use in banking systems, the steps taken so far and the risks to date.
Crypto currencies have now become a fundamental alternative asset in the global financial chessboard, and together with blockchain technology, they could drastically reshape many aspects of daily life and society. What are the risks and opportunities?

Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence in Italy

April 2022

The report analyzes the strategic axis of digitalization and innovation of the PNRR, with particular focus on the progress of Italy in AI. The research highlights Italy’s technological backwardness, the progress made, and the strong contrast given by today being a country among the first at an international level for the development of Artificial Intelligence. In Italy, the Artificial Intelligence market grew by + 27% in 2021 (380 million euros), doubling its value in just two years, but 60% of Italian families say they do not know how to use the Internet and 10% do not has no connection to the network. What is the role of the PNRR, what are the next steps?

Cultural Industry in Italy

May 2022

The study investigates the consequences of Covid-19 on the Italian cultural industry and the role of digitization in the tourism economy recovery. In fact, following the pandemic, Italy has activated an unprecedented digitalization process, bringing Italy and its digital tourism experience to the top 10 in Europe, according to the Digital Economy and Society Index Report (DESI) 2021. According to data from ISTAT, seven out of ten museums (73%) have adopted the online visit methods, thus increasing digital initiatives and services. Not only that: NFT, gamification, metaverse bring tourists closer and closer to the world of art and culture. Will the PNRR make a further contribution to give to Italy a new look?

Smart cities and quality of the air in Italy

June 2022

The study shows how the pandemic and the current war in Ukraine have accelerated the need to implement the city with ecological and technological solutions in order to mitigate the atmospheric pollution and promote a sustainable economy. It is fundamental for Italy to advance the support from the European financing provided by the Next Generation EU program destined for the post-Covid rip-off, to promote its own city and towards an intelligent and sustainable urban planning that does not leave the interior and territory and the most vulnerable communities.

The labour market in Italy

July 2022

The report analyzes the post-pandemic context, the importance of developing new skills and competences for the 2.0 world of work, and the scenarios, challenges and opportunities of the startup world in Italy. The phenomenon of “great resignations” is growing, but at the same time employment and precarious work in Italy are increasing too. Investments in startups reached over 1 billion in 2021, they increase in numbers, but not in dimensions. PNRR, training, investments and digitalization remain the keys of the future.

Agribusiness and climate change Italy

August 2022

The study sheds light on the challenges, goals and solutions faced by the Italian agribusiness sector, analyzing in particular the role of young people in the recovery of the sector, the impact of climate change on the entire supply chain and the technologies needed for adaptation and mitigation of climate consequences. In Italy, in the last year, the turnover of agriculture 4.0 has increased by +23% (reaching 1.6 billion), the role of young people will be key in this direction, with sustainability and environmental protection as a goal.

Sustainability and corporate social responsibility in Italy

September 2022

The research highlights the steps to be taken to improve the implementation of Environmental Social Governance (ESG), Italy’s commitment to the circular economy and the role of Geographical Indications in relaunching the economy. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) services will grow to 100 trillion in 2025 with a cumulative annual growth rate of 32.3%, Italy ahead of Germany, Poland, Spain and France for circularity trends. Which in the role of the PNRR, what are the next challenges for Italy to face?

The wine sector business in Italy

October 2022

The research analyzes the growth of the post-pandemic global wine market, the leading role that Italy plays in the global wine scene and examines wine consumption at a national level. 2022 presents a picture of great uncertainty also for the wine sector. Although export numbers have improved compared to last year (from + 4.8% to + 5.6%) we are facing a complex scenario characterized by the increase in the costs of raw materials and energy, by the difficulty of supplying many mainly due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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