Recollections of Eminent Economists

I’m happy to announce that the series “Recollections of Eminent Economists” will soon be relaunched on PSL Quarterly Review (and in Italian translation, in Moneta e Credito).
The series run between 1979 and 1998 in the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, the old series now followed by the PSL QR, and the most significant essays were collected in two volumes (published by Palgrave Macmillan: 1 and 2) edited by Jan Kregel (they are available here and here).

As all other articles published by the two journals, they are available for download free of charge at the reviews’ websites. For the specific links see here.

Sulla valutazione della ricerca in economia

A seguito della pubblicazione della classificazione delle riviste dell’area 13 e i relativi comunicati del GEV 13 (ad oggi: del 14, 22 e 29 gennaio 2016), mi sembra opportuno proporre una rapida analisi delle principali problematiche relative alla non discriminazione nella valutazione delle riviste e delle aree disciplinari, e delle più evidenti incongruenze tra quanto richiesto dal MIUR e quanto realizzato dal GEV 13 (Sub-GEV “Economia e Storia economica”).


Note sui criteri e i metodi del GEV13 (Sub-GEV “Economia e Storia economica”), scritto con Giulia Zacchia.


Qui i documenti del GEV 13 (economia)






The political economy of the new normal

I clarified and enlarged a bit the slides of my presentation at the seminar “Setting an ambition for the next Social Europe“, Copenhagen 19 October 2015, organised by FEPS, CEVEA and the Renner Institute.

I talked at the roundtable “Insecurity in Europe: Changing labour markets, withering social safety nets and the new wave of populist parties”. My main thesis is that social-democrats have been and are co-responsible of several conservative “structural reforms”: often because neoliberalism is alive and kicking, but also in exchange for a bit less austerity. In the given political and economic context, such strategy may make sense.
As usual, the main issue is how to change the political and economic context: the principles we believe in require economic growth.


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