Workshop: "Between the theory and policy: the development of modern economics"

Palazzo Ca' Borin, Via del Santo 2, Padova

Dal 14.12.2018 al 15.12.2018

Workshop: "Between the theory and policy: the development of modern economics"

Venerdì 14 e  Sabato 15 Dicembre 2018


This workshop is on the relation between economic theory and policy in the development of modern economic analysis and it is particularly focused on the evolution of economics starting from the interwar period. Although there has always been a strict connection between economic theory and policy, it is with the advent of the crisis during the ‘30s that this link becomes particularly symbiotic. In France the theme of economic regulation was object of a vivid debate focused on the contrast between corporatism and neo-liberalism and a possible third way between the two. In Italy the debate on the ways and means of corporatism involved the majority of the economists of that time. On the other hand, during interwar, the separation between economic theory and policy has been seen as a fundamental step to build up the scientific status of the discipline and during post WWII period, this evolution was developed by some crucial institutions and influent think tanks in the United States (Cowles Commission, University of Chicago, MIT, NBER) where many European economists had been migrated.Main aim of the workshop is to inquire into the transformation of modern economic analysis which has taken place through the gradual relegation of policy concerns, the increasing abstractness and generalization, and the homogenization of approach and perspective.

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Workshop Program

Friday 14 December

Afternoon session

3.45 - 4.00 pm: Opening and welcome
GIULIO CAINELLI, Director of the Department of Economics and Management “M.Fanno”


4.00 - 5.00 pm: “Edward Mason lecteur des socialistes française du premier 19e siècle”

5.00 - 6.00 pm: “An episode of the early days of economic expertise in France: French monetary issues during the interwar period”
MURIEL DAL PONT LEGRAND, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, UCA, CNRS GREDEG.


Saturday 15 December

Morning session

9.30 - 10.30 am: “Social liberalism and left-wing corporatism in Fascist Italy, 1918-1942”
MARCO DARDI, University of Firenze

11.00 - 12.00 am :“François Perroux’s 'Grand Tour' of Fascist Europe”
RAPHAËL FÈVRE, University of Lausanne

12.00 am - 1.00 pm: “Perroux’s Italian connection between corporatism and neo-corporatism”
KATIA CALDARI, University of Padova

Afternoon session

3.00 - 4.00 pm: “Economics and economic policy: the case of French interwar corporatism”
RICHARD ARENA, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, UCA CNRS GREDEG

4.00 - 5.00 pm: “Building individuals as rational agents: mind the gap between Vienna and Chicago”
GIANDOMENICA BECCHIO, University of Torino

5.00 - 6.00 pm: “A note on Solow's early Reaction to Expectations-augmented Phillips Curves”
MICHAEL ASSOUS, University of Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne- PHARE and University of Lyon1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne- PHARE and University of Lyon