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Name of the organisation: Università di Pisa, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche
Address: Via Cosimo Ridolfi 10, I-56124 Pisa, Italy
Tel: +39 050 2216206
Fax: +39 050 2216384
Web site: Website of the University:
Website of the Department:
Name of the contact person: Marco Enrico Luigi GUIDI
Function: Full Professor. Coordinator of the EE-T Project
Address: Università di Pisa
Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche
Via Cosimo Ridolfi 10, I-56124 Pisa, Italy
Tel: +39 050 2216206
Fax: +39 050 2216384
E-mail: [email protected]
Type of organisation:
  • University
Fields of action:
  • Universities
The University of Pisa is one of the oldest universities in the world. It was officially established in 1343 although its origins date back to the 12th century. Today the University of Pisa is a prestigious modern centre of teaching and advanced research. It offers 72 undergraduate and 76 postgraduate degree programmes, in all the main areas of knowledge and advanced professional education. The University has 11 Doctoral schools which provide a large number of doctoral programmes; it also offers 68 third cycle specialisation programmes and more than 100 special shorter professional programmes of further education, including an MBA. Research and teaching are combined in all fields and levels.

The University of Pisa (2010-2011) has about 52000 bachelor and master students and 950 doctoral students. The research and teaching staff comprises 1590 persons.

The Department of Economics of Pisa University (DSE) was established in 1988, stemming from the Institute of Economics that had been created at the beginnings of the 1950s. The DSE gathers all researchers in economics of Pisa University (a total of 39). Research is inspired by methodological pluralism. Topics of research range from theoretical to applied economics and to historical approaches to economic facts and theories. The most important research areas are the following: growth theory, inequality, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, econometrics, public intervention into the economy, sustainable economic development, history of economic theories and economic institutions.
EXPERIENCE OF THE ORGANIZATION IN PREVIOUS EUROPEAN PROJECTS Historians of economics of the Department of Economics of Pisa University are engaged in the perspective of research known as “Institutional history of economics”. They have taken part in the research on the institutionalisation of economics in European, American and Japanese universities of the early 1980s, and than they have been leaders of many international research projects on the history of economic journals, economic associations, economic dictionaries and encyclopedias, economic textbooks, the role of economists in Parliament and Government, the role of economists in the press. These research projects have involved researchers from more than 15 countries, and have been presented and discussed in international conferences. Among them there are the following conferences:
“The economists and public opinion: the role of economists in the Press”, Pisa, 1-3 December 2011.
“Textbooks and Treatises of economics in the Liberal Age (1840-1922)”, University of Pisa, 29 September – 1 October 2005.
“Economists in Parliament in the Liberal Age. Science, Politics and Public Opinion”, University of Pisa 15-17 October 2001.
“Economic Associations in Nineteenth-century Europe”, University of Pisa 16-18 October 1999.
“Periodical Press and Political Economy: from opinion to professional journals (18th-19th centuries”, University of Parma, 28-29 September, 1 October 1994.

The main publications in English promoted by the group are:
  • Political Economy in European Periodicals, 1750-1900,special issue of History of Economic Ideas, 4(3), 1996.
  • Augello, M.M. and Guidi, M.E.L. (eds) (2001) The Spread of Political Economy and the Professionalisation of Economists. Economic Societies in Europe, America and Japan in the Nineteenth Century, London: Routledge.
  • Augello, M.M. and Guidi, M.E.L. (eds) (2005) Economists in Parliament in the Liberal Age. 1848-1920, Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Augello, M.M. and Guidi, M.E.L. (eds) (2011) The Economic Reader. Textbooks, Manuals and the Dissemination of the Economic Sciences during the 19th and Early 20th Centuries, London: Routledge.

The Department also hosts a Database on the primary and secondary literature of Italian Economists in the 19th and 20th century (managed by Professor Augello), and one of the sections of the research on the Economists’ Archives (ASE) promoted by the Italian Economic Society (SIE) (managed by Professor Faucci).

Collaboration with experts of linguistics of the Faculty of Economics has also promoted the study of the circulation of economic ideas through translations and the formation of specialised economic languages.
CONTRIBUTIONS THAT CAN BE PROVIDED TO THE PROJECT The Department of Economics of Pisa University will act as coordinator for the whole project. Expertise in History of Economics – with special focus on the phenomena of the institutionalisation, professionalisation and dissemination of economics – will be combined with expertise in Language for Special Purpose and in Education. This will make the coordination active both in the research aspects and in the educational aspects of the project.
REASONS OF INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROJECT We believe that after almost 30 years of involvment in comparative research on the institutionalisation and international circulation of economic ideas, it is important to spread the results of this particular approach to the history of economics among the whole community of European HET scholars and to transpose the results of research into educational tools especially for postgraduate teaching and research. The management of a LLP Erasmus project allows to this trend of research to reach a larger range of countries and higher education institutions.
CONTACT PERSON’S EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE Most of what has been said above in the section on “Experience and Expertise of the organization in the project’s subject area” applies to the Contact Person of this project. The latter has been engaged not only in the organisation of the said research projects and in the editing of the books above listed, but also in the study of the methodology of historical research about the phenomena of institutionalisation, professionalisation and dissemination of economics, as testified by a large number of conference papers on these subjects, and by some international teaching experiences as the course on “L’histoire institutionnelle de l’économie politique” given at Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Master Recherche “Théories, histoire, et méthodes de l'économie. Spécialité: Epistémologie et philosophie économiques”.


15 September 2013 The EET International Conference

The international conference entitled Translations of Economic Texts into and from European Languages, organized in the framework of the EE-T project, was held at the University of Pisa (Italy) on 11 to 13 September. The aim of the conference was to present the results of researches carried out throughout Europe on the international circulation of economic ideas through translations and adaptations of economic texts. The three days event was attended by around 100 participants representing: lecturers, researchers, students in the field of history of economic thought. More information is available in the Events section