Marco Ferdinando Martorana

Assistant Professor of Public Economics [SECS-P/03]

Marco Ferdinando Martorana is Senior Assistant Professor (RTD-b) of Public Economics. He received the Laurea in Economics and Business from the University of Catania, where he also completed the Doctorate program in Public Economics, and the Master of Science in Applied Economics and Data Analysis from the University of Essex (UK). He was research fellow at the University of Catania and visiting researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He taught Public Economics for the BD in Economics at the University of Catania, and Introduction to Economics at the Ca Foscari University for the B.Sc. in Philosophy, International and Economic Studies. He currently teaches Public Economics (Bachelor Degree in Business Administration), Markets, Economics and Regulation (Master’s Degree in Business Management), and Spatial Econometrics (Ph.D in Economics, Management and Decision Making). He has got the National Scientific Qualification (ASN) as Full Professor in Public Economics and as Associate Professor in Public Economics, Applied Economics and Economic Policy. His research areas of interest include empirical aspects of health and cultural economics and political economy, as well as the evaluation of efficiency of the public sector.

Guccio, C., Lisi, D., Martorana, M., & Pignataro, G. (2024). Is local competition effective in improving quality and efficiency of hospitals? Insights from an asymmetric spatial competition model. Research in Economics, 100962.

Cavalieri, M., Ferrara, P. L., Finocchiaro, C., & Martorana, M. F. (2024). An Economic Analysis of the Use of Local Natural Waste: Volcanic Ash of Mt. Etna Volcano (Italy) for Geopolymer Production. Sustainability, 16(2), 740.

Martorana M.F. & Rizzo I. (2024) The Economics of Libraries, Routledge, London. ISBN: 9781003331896.

Ioppolo I. & Martorana M.F. (2024) Il senso del luogo tra identità, senso di appartenenza e capitale sociale nel quartiere di San Berillo a Catania, In SESTO SENSO: Immagini di memorie, identità e luoghi tra letteratura e arti performative, a cura di Maria Rosa De Luca, Ilde Rizzo, Graziella Seminara. Mimesis, Milano, ISBN: 9791222308067

De Luca G., Lisi D., Martorana M., Siciliani L. (2023) Institutional quality and health outcomes, in  J. Costa-Font, A. Batinti, and G. Turati (Eds) Handbook on the Political Economy of Health Systems. Elgar, Cheltenham.

Cavalieri M, Ferrante L, Martorana M.F, Rizzo I. (2023) The ICT strategy of Italian museums: institutional, supply and demand side drivers, Economics of Innovation and New Technology GEIN,

Cavalieri M, Lisi D, Martorana M.F, Rizzo I. (2023) Institutional quality and public sector performance: problems and perspectives, Economia Italiana, forthcoming

Martorana M.F., Mazza I., (2023) The effect of social interaction and cultural consumption on voting turnout, in M. Leroch and F. Rupp, (Eds) Power & Responsibility: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for the 21st Century in Honor of Manfred J. Holler. Springer, Cham. 

Longo M.C., Guccio C., Martorana M.F. (2023), Being Innovative Is Not Enough: A Semi-Parametric Assessment of the Efficiency of Post-Incubation Innovative Firms, European Journal of Innovation Management, forthcoming

Guccio C., Martorana M.F., Mazza I., Pignataro G., Rizzo I. (2022) “Is innovation in ICT valuable for the efficiency of Italian museums?” European Planning Studies 30(9), 1695-1716.

De Luca G., Lisi D., Martorana M., Siciliani L. (2021). Does higher Institutional Quality improve the Appropriateness of Healthcare Provision? Journal of Public Economics, 194.

Guccio C., Martorana M.F., Mazza I., Rizzo I. (2021). Back to the Future. Does the use of information and communication technology enhance the performance of public historical archives?  Journal of Cultural Economics, 45(1), 13-43.

Lavanga, M., Martorana M.F., Loots, E. Nieboer E., (2021) Designed for the job? An examination of the economic, work-related and socio-demographic determinants of the design profession. Cultural Trends 1-17.

Guccio C., Martorana M.F., Mazza I., Pignataro G. Rizzo I. (2020). An analysis of the managerial performance of Italian museums using a generalised conditional efficiency model. Socio-Economic Planning Science. 72.

Guccio C., Martorana M.F., Mazza I., Pignataro G. Rizzo I. (2020). An assessment of the performance of Italian PHAs. Journal of Policy Modeling 42(6), 1270-1286.

Guccio, C., Lisi, D., & Martorana, M. (2019). Efficiency of Italian Early Child Care Provision: A Bootstrapped DEA Assessment. In Advances in Local Public Economics (pp. 233-248). Springer, Singapore.

Martorana, M., Mazza, I., Mignosa, A., & Rizzo, I. (2019). The Economics of Heritage: Some Implications of Devolution. In Advances in Local Public Economics (pp. 249-260). Springer, Singapore.

Martorana, M. F. (2017). Comparing the Efficiency of Hospitals in Italy and Spain: A Non-parametric Approach, Politica economica, Journal of Economic Policy 3/2017, pp. 375-398,

Guccio, C., Martorana, M. F., & Mazza, I. (2017). The efficiency change of Italian public universities in the new millennium: a non-parametric analysis. Tertiary Education and Management 23(3), 222-236.

Guccio C, Lisi D, Martorana M, & Mignosa A. (2017) On the role of cultural participation in tourism destination performance: an assessment using robust conditional efficiency approach. Journal of Cultural Economics, 41, pp. 129–154

Martorana, M. F., Mazza, I., & Monaco, L. (2017). Participation in the Arts and Social Inclusion in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods. In Enhancing Participation in the Arts in the EU (pp. 79-95). Springer, Cham.

Cellini, R., Martorana, M. F., & Platania, F. (2017). The multi-product nature of the firm in the arts sector: A case study on ‘Centro Zo’. In Enhancing Participation in the Arts in the EU (pp. 221-233). Springer, Cham.

Guccio, C., Martorana, M. F., & Monaco, L. (2016). Evaluating the impact of the Bologna Process on the efficiency convergence of Italian universities: a non-parametric frontier approach. Journal of Productivity Analysis, 45(3), 275-298.

Guccio C., Martorana M.F. & Mazza I. (2016) Efficiency assessment and convergence in teaching and research in Italian public universities, Scientometrics, 107(3) pp. 1063-1094,

Guccio C., Martorana M.F., Mazza I. & Rizzo I. (2016) Technology and public access to cultural heritage: the Italian experience on IT for public historical archives, in Borowiecki, K.J., Forbes, N., and Fresa, A. (Eds.) Cultural Heritage in a Changing World, pp.55-75, Springer


Academic Year 2021/2022

Academic Year 2019/2020

Academic Year 2018/2019

Academic Year 2017/2018