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Clarkson University Professor to Research Supply Chain Economics in Italy as Fulbright Scholar

Clarkson University's Mark Frascatore has received a Fulbright Research Lectureship to study and teach the economics of industry and sourcing in Rome, Italy, next spring.

Mark FrascatoreFrascatore, professor of economics & financial studies and senior associate dean of operations and undergrad programs in Clarkson's School of Business, will visit the Department of Economics and Finance at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli University (LUISS) for the spring 2017 semester.

While at the University, he plans to collaborate on industrial economics research with faculty as well as contacts at Ducati Motorcycles and Lamborghini. He also will teach a course in supply chain economics or industry structure.

"The method of business-to-business contracting and sourcing is quite a bit different in Italy than it is here," Frascatore said. "Italian businesses face more constraints than their U.S. counterparts to source within the country. They also face stricter regulations with product naming and branding. It's more difficult, and often more costly, for companies to conduct business in Italy because of these constraints."

Frascatore adds that Rome is his favorite city in the world, and he looks forward to bringing his family with him to Italy for the semester.

"In a way it's kind of like going back home," he said.

Frascatore brings the number of Clarkson University faculty members to receive Fulbright Awards over the past decade up to 15. In all, 41 members of the faculty have received Fulbright Awards.

Frascatore joined the faculty at Clarkson in 1994. He holds a bachelor of science degree in economics from SUNY Binghamton, and a master of science and Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech.

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