Daniel is a graduate of the universities of Warwick, Loughborough and Malta. He joined the Department of Economics of the University of Malta as a Resident Academic in 2019, where he lectures in microeconomics and microeconometrics. His research focuses on tax competition, foreign direct investment, and the housing market; with papers published in international, peer-reviewed economics journals such as the The World Economy and Applied Economics Letters.
Prior to joining University, he held posts in both the public and the private sector. He was Director of Economic Advisory Services at Grant Thornton (2018-19), Head (Economic Research) at Malta Enterprise (the agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment, 2015-17), Director at the Office for Competition (overseeing investigations related to the telecoms, energy, transport and financial services, 2014-15), and Senior Economist at the Economic Policy Department, Ministry for Finance (2006-13).
Daniel also advises several Government entities and players in the private sector. His consultancy work revolves around four areas: Economic policy (e.g. EU Tax Avoidance estimates for the European Parliament; Member of the European Commission's Working Group tasked with developing methodologies to assess structural reforms); In-depth market studies (e.g. Melita-Vodafone Merger, Payments Market for MasterCard); Sector development strategy (e.g. Malta Airport Zone Strategy Plan); and Project evaluation (e.g. monitoring and evaluation of Primary Health Care reform). Most of his work has a strong quantitative element to enable properly informed policy and business decisions.
EDWARDS, T.H., FERRETT, B. and GRAVINO, D., 2019. Inter‐firm R&D collaboration within and across national borders. The World Economy, 43(3), pp. 810-826.
APAP, W. and GRAVINO, D., 2017. A sectoral approach to Okun’s Law. Applied Economics Letters, 24(5), pp. 319-324.
DOVER, R., FERRETT, B., GRAVINO, D., JONES, E. and MERLER, S., 2015. Bringing transparency,coordination and convergence to corporate tax policies in the European Union: Assessment of the magnitude of aggressive corporate tax planning. PE 558.773. Brussels: European Parliamentary Research Service.
FERRETT, B. and GRAVINO, D., forthcoming. Fiscal competition for FDI with knowledge spillovers and trade costs. The World Economy, .