Dr Ariel Wirkierman

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Economics
Email a.wirkierman (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 296 4218
Dr Ariel Wirkierman

Dr. Ariel Luis Wirkierman holds a Licentiate in Economics (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), MSc. in Economics (National University of La Plata, Argentina) and PhD in Economics (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy). 

Before joining the IMS he was a Research Fellow in Economics, Innovation and Growth at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU, University of Sussex) working on the European Commission Horizon 2020 ISIGrowth project. Within this project, he formulated and applied simulation models to analyse the role of the public sector in processes of technological competition. Previously, as a post-doc researcher at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Mathematical Finance and Econometrics (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy), he designed and implemented algorithms and metrics to study Input-Output networks. Throughout his PhD he worked under the guidance of Professor Luigi L. Pasinetti, developing a framework to analyse technical progress rooted in Classical political economy and the Cambridge Keynesian tradition. Before his doctoral studies he was as an economic officer at the Ministry of Economy and Production of Argentina, focusing on Regional Input-Output Analysis. 

His research focuses on the historical roots, theory advancement and applied analysis of structural interdependence within processes of economic and social change. Dimensions of this research include: 

(i) the ways in which structural proportions (between industries, institutional sectors and countries) influence (through direct linkages or feedback loops), disturb (generating fluctuations) and/or constrain (through macroeconomic conditions) these processes; 

(ii) the technological impulses and social implications related to changes in the sectoral structure of economies; 

(iii) the debates in the history of economic thought (ranging from the circular/linear description of production techniques to the multisectoral foundations of the principle of effective demand to economic cybernetics) in which circularity and interdependence play a key role; 

(iv) the design and implementation of empirical schemes to study global interdependencies at different levels of aggregation.

Research Interests

Input-Output Analysis and National Accounts (JEL C67, D57, E01, E16, R15) 

Structural Economic Dynamics and Classical Political Economy (JEL B51, E11, E12, O41) 

Productivity and Technical Change (JEL D24, O14) 

Global models of trade specialisation and income determination (JEL F1, F4, F6) 

History of Economic Thought and Economic Methodology (JEL B12, B14, B24, B41) 


Book Section

Bellino, Enrico and Wirkierman, Ariel Luis. 2011. Surplus Approach to Value and Distribution and Structural Economic Dynamics: Interpretation and Uses of Sraffa's Analysis. In: Neri Salvadori and Christian Gehrke, eds. Keynes, Sraffa, and the Criticism of Neoclassical Theory — Essays in Honour of Heinz D. Kurz. London: Routledge, pp. 146-169. ISBN 9781136731167


Bianchi, Monica; Palacios, José Luis; Torriero, Anna and Wirkierman, Ariel Luis. 2019. Kirchhoffian indices for weighted digraphs. Discrete Applied Mathematics, 255, pp. 142-154. ISSN 0166-218X

Garbellini, Nadia and Wirkierman, Ariel Luis. 2014. Blocks and circularity in labour requirements: An interplay between Clusters and Subsystems in the EU. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 28, pp. 60-74. ISSN 0954-349X

Garbellini, Nadia; Marelli, Enrico and Wirkierman, Ariel Luis. 2014. Domestic demand and global production in the Eurozone: A multi-regional input-output assessment of the global crisis. International Review of Applied Economics, 28(3), pp. 336-364. ISSN 0269-2171

Garbellini, Nadia and Wirkierman, Ariel Luis. 2014. Pasinetti's 'Structural Change and Economic Growth': A Conceptual Excursus. Review of Political Economy, 26(2), pp. 234-257. ISSN 0953-8259

Garbellini, Nadia and Wirkierman, Ariel Luis. 2014. Productivity Accounting in Vertically (Hyper-) integrated Terms: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Empirics. Metroeconomica, 65(1), pp. 154-190. ISSN 0026-1386

Garbellini, Nadia and Wirkierman, Ariel Luis. 2014. Piketty Versus Pasinetti: A Comment on Taylor. International Journal of Political Economy, 43(3), pp. 35-43. ISSN 0891-1916


Wirkierman, Ariel Luis; Ciarli, Tommaso and Mazzucato, Mariana. 2018. Innovation eco-systems and the Risk-Reward Nexus: an evolutionary account. Working Paper. ISIGrowth Working Papers, 31/2018 June.

Wirkierman, Ariel Luis; Ciarli, Tommaso and Savona, Maria. 2018. Varieties of European National Innovation Systems. Working Paper. ISIGrowth Working Papers, 13/2018.

Wirkierman, Ariel Luis; Ciarli, Tommaso and Mazzucato, Mariana. 2018. An evolutionary agent-based model of innovation and the risk-reward nexus. Working Paper. ISIGrowth Working Papers, 19/2018.

Amar, Anahí; Torchinsky Landau, Matías and Wirkierman, Ariel Luis. 2016. Descomposición alternativa de los componentes de la demanda agregada: Hacia un análisis del corto plazo con más contenido estructural (in Spanish). Working Paper. UN-ECLAC.