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Giorgia Giovannetti is Professor of Economics at the University of Florence, and visiting fellow at the European University Institute. She has acted as Scientific Director of the European Report on Development in 2009 and 2010 and Director of the Research Centre of the Italian Trade Institute (2005-2007). She has advised the Italian Treasury and Ministry of Foreign Trade (since 2002). She is fellow of FERDI and Luca D’Agliano, member of a Group for the Reform of the Rome Agencies at the Center for Global Development. She holds a Ph.D. and an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a Laurea cum laude in Statistics (Rome). She has been fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1990-1995) and visiting Professor in several other universities. Her main research interests are development economics and international trade and the links between these two issues. Her work has been published in leading academic journals.