Can we trust economics?

Here are the slides of my talk at the Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism, 9/10/2018, Cambridge.

Science is under attack, all around our flat Earth. Yet, the answer cannot be that the ignorant people must trust those who know better: this would be a return to the principle of authority. We can and should trust science only because and to the extent that it is contendible, that everyday somebody could prove the most established theory wrong.

That is, we must trust science to the extent that it is based on wide, plural and fair debate. Unfortunately, this is the case for economics today only to a limited extent, and there is no gain in denying it.




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)