Conference Speakers

Alessandro Vercelli

Department of Political Economy,
FacoltÓ di Scienze Economiche,
University of Siena,
Piazza S.Franceso 7,
53100 SIENA (Italy)
tel. 577-232694
fax. 577-232661, 577-232619
telex 572459 UNIVSI I

Born 17 April 1945 (Torino, Italy)

Education and Employment history

  • 1969 : laureain Economics, University of Torino.
  • 1972-1973: Junior Research Fellowship, St. Antony's College, Oxford, U.K.
  • 1976- : Full professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Banking, University of Siena.
  • 1981-1984: Director of the Institute of Economics, ibidem.
  • 1988-1993: Director of the Ph.D. Programme in Economics organised by the Universities of Siena, Firenze and Pisa.
  • 1991- : Editor of the Journals 'Economic Notes', and "Structural Change and Economic Dynamics".
  • 1994-1995 : Chairman of the Department of Political Economy of the University of Siena.
  • 1997 : Consulting Editor of the Encyclopedia 'Business Cycles and Depressions', New York.
  • 1999- : Member of the Board of the Doctoral Programme in Cognitive Sciences
  • 2000- : Member of the Board and of the Executive Committee of the Interdipartimental Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Siena
  • 2002- : Member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association
  • 2005- : Member of the President's Council of the Italian Economic Association
  • 2005- : Vice-President of the International Economic Association

Scholarships and Awards

  • 1982 : Fulbright-SSRC AWARD on the co-ordination of economic policies.
  • 1988 : St. Vincent Prize for the best essay in economics.
  • 1996 : British Council Senior Visiting fellow in Italian Studies, St Antony's College, Oxford.
  • 1905 : Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, Queen Mary, University of London.

Who's who

Marquis Who's Who :'Who'sWho in Finance and Industry', and 'Who's Who in the World'.

International Biographical Centre :'Dictionary of International Biography' and 'Outstanding People of the 20 th Century'.

Special Fields

Economic Policy, Methodology of economics, Cycle theory and applications, Comparative economic systems, History of economic analysis, Environmental Economics

Selected Publications


  • 1991, Methodological Foundations of Macroeconomics. Keynes and Lucas, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  • 1984, Nonlinear models of fluctuating growth, Springer, New York, (with R.Goodwin e M. KrŘger).
  • 1989, Social and Technological Factors in Long Term Fluctuations, New York, Springer, (with M.Di Matteo and R.Goodwin).
  • 1992, Macroeconomics: A Survey of research Strategies, Oxford, Oxford University Press, (with N.Dimitri).
  • 1998, Sustainability: Dynamics and Uncertainty, Dordrecht, Kluwer, (with G.Chichilnisky and J.Heal).
  • 2005, La sostenibilitÓ sello sviluppo globale(with S.Borghesi), Carocci, Roma, 2005.
  • 2005, Psychology, Rationality and Economic Behaviour: Challenging Standard Assumption, ed. (with B.Agarwal), 2005, Palgrave (IEA series), London.
  • 2006, Environment, Inequality and Collective Action (with M.Basili and M.Franzini), Routledge, Abingdon and New York.

Recent articles:

  • The evolution of IS-LM models: empirical evidence and theoretical presuppositions, 1999, Journal of Economic Methodology. 1.
  • Financial Fragility and Cyclical Fluctuations, 2000, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. 1. 139-156.
  • Small Firms and Employment in manufacturing: Japan and Italy (1980-1995), in A Boltho, H.Yoshikawa, and A.Vercelli, eds, 2000, Comparing the Japanese and the Italian Economies, Macmillan, London.
  • Minsky, Keynes and the Structural Instability of a sophisticated Monetary Economy, in R.Bellofiore, P.Ferri, eds, 2001, Financial Fragility and Investment in the Capitalist Economy, Elgar, Cheltenham.
  • Epistemic Causality and Hard Uncertainty: A Keynesian Approach, in M.C.Galavotti, P.Suppes, and D.Costantini, eds., 2001, Stochastic Causality, CSLI Publications, Stanford, California, pp.141-156.
  • Uncertainty, Rationality and Learning: a Keynesian Perspective, 2002, in S.C.Dow and J.Hillard, eds., Keynes, Uncertainty and the Global Economy, Beyond Keynes (vol.2), Elgar, Cheltenham, pp.88-105.
  • Sustainable globalisation (with S.Borghesi), 2003, Ecological Economics, vol. 44, n.1, pp.77-98.
  • Rationality, Learning and Complexity in Psychology, Rationality and Economic Behaviour: Challenging Standard Assumption, ed. (with B.Agarwal), 2005, Palgrave (IEA series), London.
  • Globalisation, inequality and health (with S.Borghesi), International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, forthcoming.
  • Financial Fragility and Economic Fluctuations,(with S.Sordi), Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, forthcoming.
  • Financial fragility and global dynamics, (with S.Sordi, and R.Dieci), Chaos Solitons & Fractals,in press.