Many countries are struggling to overcome gaps of all shapes and sizes between places. North versus south, east versus west, and urban versus rural divides are all too common. This has produced unequal opportunities and a deep-seated geography of discontent in places that lag behind.
Mattia Corbetta is a Policy Analyst at the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development. Since joining the OECD, he has been investigating multiple employment and economic development issues through a spatial lens, such as start-up ecosystems, the rise of remote working as well as the societal and economic repercussions of major crises and related policy responses. Between 2012 and 2019, he worked as a Policy Adviser at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, where he contributed to designing and implementing the Italian Start-up Act, the National Plan on Industry 4.0 and other policies in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and digital. He holds a MA in International Relations, a MA in Contemporary History and a postgraduate MA in Business and Trade in MENA.