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Luigi L. Pasinetti: An Intellectual Biography

Leading Scholar and System Builder of the Cambridge School of Economics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Life and Research Activity of Luigi L. Pasinetti

  3. Pasinetti’s Main Research Lines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Mauro L. Baranzini, Amalia Mirante
      Pages 115-130
    3. Mauro L. Baranzini, Amalia Mirante
      Pages 225-246
    4. Mauro L. Baranzini, Amalia Mirante
      Pages 297-315
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 317-390

About this book


Luigi L. Pasinetti (born 1930) is arguably the most influential of the second generation of the Cambridge Keynesian School of Economics, both because of his achievements and his early involvement with the direct pupils of John Maynard Keynes. This comprehensive intellectual biography traces his research from his early groundbreaking contribution in the field of structural economic dynamics to the ‘Pasinetti Theorem’. With scientific outputs spanning more than six decades (1955–2017), Baranzini and Mirante analyse the impact of his research work and roles at Cambridge, the Catholic University of Milan and at the new University of Lugano. Pasinetti’s whole scientific life has been driven by the desire to provide new frameworks to explain the mechanisms of modern economic systems, and this book assesses how far this has been achieved.


Luigi L. Pasinetti Cambridge School of Economics Cambridge Keynesian School of Economics Keynesian economics Catholic University of Milan Teaching of economics University of Lugano Capital theory Ricardo Income distribution Post-Keynesian life-cycle model Pure labour theory of value Role of institutions Resources scarcity Structural economic dynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LuganoLuganoSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland and University of LuganoLuganoSwitzerland

About the authors

Mauro Baranzini is Professor at the University of Lugano, Switzerland, which he helped to found in 1996. In 1971 he was awarded a Florey fellowship of The Queen’s College, Oxford, where from 1975 to 1984 he was Lecturer in Economics. He contributed widely to the Cambridge theory of income and wealth distribution.

Amalia Mirante is Lecturer in Economics at the University of Lugano, Switzerland and at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. She has published several papers on economic theory, and a textbook on macro-economics.

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