Economic History

The main goal of this research area is the study and the interpretation of economic processes from a historical perspective (including the long-run), covering the following topics: history of agriculture, of business and industry activities, of accounting, labour, population, public and private finance, banking, commerce, transport, tourism and history of economic thought. A thorough knowledge of the laws that regulate economic phenomena is achieved through a careful and critical use of published and unpublished sources following a rigorous historical methodology. Tools of economic and econometric analysis will also be employed.
Edoardo Demo
Full Professor
Maria Luisa Ferrari
Associate Professor
Silvana Malle
Emeritus Professor
Gianpaolo Mariutti
Assistant Professor
Sergio Noto
Assistant Professor
Research interests
Topic People Description
Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment, and Extractive Industries (see  JEL classification)
JEL N5 - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment, and Extractive Industries Edoardo Demo
Maria Luisa Ferrari
Evolution of agricultural practices and agricultural contracts in Veneto and in Italy between modern and contemporary age. The mining industry in the Republic of Venice between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.
Economic History (see  JEL classification)
JEL N01 - Development of the Discipline: Historiographical; Sources and Methods Edoardo Demo
Maria Luisa Ferrari
Study of the historiographical and methodological development of the economic history of Europe until 1900, with particular attention to the deepening and knowledge of both public and private archival sources.
Financial Markets and Institutions (see  JEL classification)
JEL N2 - Financial Markets and Institutions Edoardo Demo
History of financial markets and institutions in Preindustrial Europe.
Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy (see  JEL classification)
JEL N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy Maria Luisa Ferrari
Demographic evolution, labor, consumption and wealth in Italy and Veneto in 1700-1900
Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics • Industrial Structure • Growth • Fluctuations (see  JEL classification)
JEL N10 - General, International, or Comparative Silvana Malle
Russia and China: Macroeconomics and Monetary Politics; Growth and Development. Structural components and reform policies. International economic partnership
JEL N14 - Europe: 1913- Sergio Noto
Manufacturing and Construction (see  JEL classification)
JEL N6 - Manufacturing and Construction Edoardo Demo
Maria Luisa Ferrari
Historical analysis of the Veneto industrial development between modern and contemporary age, with particular attention to the agri-food and textile sectors (wool, silk, cotton, mixed fabrics).
Micro-Business History (see  JEL classification)
JEL N8 - Micro-Business History Edoardo Demo
Maria Luisa Ferrari
Economic interests of the Venetian nobles and merchants in Europe between modern and contemporary age.
Regional and Urban History (see  JEL classification)
JEL N9 - Regional and Urban History Edoardo Demo
Maria Luisa Ferrari
Economic evolution, building development and demographic trends of cities and villages in the Veneto region between modern and contemporary age.
Transport, Trade, Energy, Technology, and Other Services (see  JEL classification)
JEL N7 - Transport, Trade, Energy, Technology, and Other Services Edoardo Demo
Maria Luisa Ferrari
Trade, infrastructures and transport from a diachronic point of view in Veneto between modern and contemporary age. Persistence of historical infrastructure networks on current economic and commercial development.
Comparative Economic Systems (see  JEL classification)
JEL P51 - Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems Silvana Malle
State economies. Market economies. Mixed economies. Interrelations between state institutions and enterprises. Public and private finances. Formal and informal rules: relations between institutions and organisations.
Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions (see  JEL classification)
JEL P31 - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions Silvana Malle
State owned companies . Structural change under government directives. Full employment, wages, material and moral incentives. Market reforms and guidance. Institutional change and Individual property rights.
Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies (see  JEL classification)
JEL P21 - Planning, Coordination, and Reform Silvana Malle
Planned economies and price control. State property and governance. Extensive growth. Scarcity of resources as a limit to sustainable development and growth. Transition to market: policy analysis. Limits of the Washington consensus.
Current Heterodox Approaches (see  JEL classification)
JEL B55 - Social Economics Sergio Noto
JEL B5 - Current Heterodox Approaches Gianpaolo Mariutti
Economics is a social science, and its laws are historically determined. The examined topics are: the evolution of the concept of wealth, and its causes, across the different schools of thought. Circular and interdependent visions (Physiocrats, Classics, Sraffians) vs. one-directional visions of the economic system (Neoclassics). The difference in logic and in theory between the macroeconomic approach vs. the microeconomic approach.
History of Economic Thought: Individuals (see  JEL classification)
JEL B3 - History of Economic Thought: Individuals Sergio Noto
History of Economic Thought since 1925 (see  JEL classification)
JEL B25 - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary; Austrian; Stockholm School Sergio Noto
Title Managers Sponsors Starting date Duration (months)
Troops, camels and trucks: the effects of historical and modern transport infrastructure Vania Licio Post-doc 9/15/18 36
Markets for votes: conflict, distribution and welfare Monica Anna Giovanniello Post-doc 9/1/15 36