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Michele Catalano

Research Scholar

Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems Research Group

Advancing Systems Analysis Program


Michele Catalano is a research scholar in the Exploratory Modeling of Human-Natural Systems (EM) Research Group of the IIASA Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) Program, where he works on Macroeconomic modeling and forecasting using agent-based models (ABMs).

Catalano holds a PhD in economics from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Pisa, Italy, and previously worked for almost a decade as a researcher in macroeconomic forecasting and scenario analysis for one of the largest European consultancy companies.

His former research focused on the early stages of the development of ABMs applied to macroeconomic analysis and forecasting. More recently, he developed models applied to long-run growth projections at the global level and short-run forecasting using a mixture of general equilibrium models. He applied this methodology to climate change physical and transitional risk assessment for advanced and emerging countries. He authored several papers published in international peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Behavior and Business Organization and Resource Economics, and he has had several opportunities to work as a World Bank consultant, leading to the publication of a number of studies.

Last update: 16 MAR 2022