• Summaries of Master's Theses

    In this section you can find summaries of Master's Theses from students graduated at the School of Economics of Rome Tor Vergata. The list on this page is just a selection of those theses related to Procurement and Supply Chain or to broad topics inherent to the UN System and its action.

  • Procurement

    1. Raffaele Squillacioti (r.squillacioti@outlook.com), Academic Year 2013/2014

    "Procurement Reverse Auctions: Case Study of a Tender for Natural Gas Supply"

    The thesis analyzes the advantages and the possible drawbacks in utilizing reverse auctions in procurement tenders. After providing some definitions of reverse auctions and explaining how they are located within the procurement process, the candidate reports some data concerning the spread in the utilization of this procurement method in both public and private organizations.


  • International issues

    1. Alessio Muscarnera (alessiomuscarnera@gmail.com), Academic Year 2015/2016

    "Linear and nonlinear exchange rate models: the Euro-Dollar case"

    The thesis presents an application of exchange rate theories related to empirical literature. The study, adopting econometric approaches, started investigating about the hypothesis of Dollar-Euro weekly exchange rate stationarity and the weekly Dollar-Euro market efficiency hypothesis. Subsequently, adopting linear and non-linear analyses, Euro-Dollar structural exchange rate models with monthly data and macroeconomic variables were used to determine whether it is possible to beat the simple random walk. 


  • Transparency and Corruption

    1. Bianca Restivo (bianca_restivo@hotmail.it), Academic Year 2015/2016

    "Attitude and Potential Behaviour with regard to Whistleblowing: Evidence from Italy"

    The research investigates individual bents and behavioural attitudes towards whistleblowing in Italy. The phenomenon is analysed in every-day situations, trying to get behavioural analogies between people who would make the same choice of reporting / non-reporting. In order to collect data, which constitute the bedrock of this study, a survey was carried out among Italian citizens – aged between 14 and 30 – who voluntarily answered to the query.


  • Social Responsibility and Environmental topics

    1. Laura Doma (domalaura@gmail.com), Academic Year 2015/2016

    "The Interplay between Competition Law and Environmental Law"

    The aim of this thesis is to show the areas where the EU competition and environmental laws meet each other and the potential conflicts between them. Different articles from the Treaty of the Functioning the European Union have been analysed with case-by-case method, in order to answer to the question “How environmental protecting actions, such as environmental agreements, can restrict competition?”.


  •       2. Sara Saquella (sarasaquella@gmail.com), Academic Year 2015/2016

    "Culture of Corruption and the Contagion Effect: Evidence from Italy"

    The aim of this study is to assess whether the existence of some sort of contagion effect is a valid hypothesis to explain the emergence of a well-established culture of corruption. To this scope, a new dataset of 1,658 individuals between 14 and 30 years old has been created and analysed.


  •       2. Carlotta Chialastri, Academic Year 2014/2015

    "Using the SAM to study the impact of Bioenergy oriented projects in Italy: What if Universities adopt wood-waste cogeneration plants"

    The European Commission issued in 2012 a Policy Strategy Paper which introduces the concept of the bioeconomy as a sustainable model of growth to reconcile the goals of continued wealth generation and employment with bio-based sustainable resource usage. Nevertheless the topic is relatively new and the definition of bioeconomy provided by the EC is not universally shared. The thesis tries to address the issue by constructing a social accounting matrix (SAM) for Italy encompassing a highly disaggregated treatment of
    traditional and non-traditional bio-based sectors.



    Public Economics

    1. Adriano Di Natale (adriano.dinatale@outlook.com), Academic Year 2017/2018

    "Reducing Transparency in Public Auctions: a Tool to Fight Collusion in International Public Procurement"

    The standpoint of this thesis is to present how transparency requirements are fighting corruption behaviour in the nowadays society, but, at the same time, they are exposing public Authorities to the risk of collusion behaviours among public procurement stakeholders. The focus of the dissertation is on ex ante-ex post disclosure policies and information (scoring rules, thresholds, bids, outcomes, etc.) that affect positively the competitive tendering in terms of risk of collusion among bidders.