The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Antonelli, Giovanni Battista (1858–1944)

  • A. P. Kirman
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Antonelli was born near Pisa in 1858. He studied mathematics and then went on to qualify as an engineer. Although his life was devoted to civil engineering, he made an important contribution to early mathematical economics. His Sulla teoria matematica dell’economia politica (1886), intended to be the first part of a book, is remarkable, in particular for the conditions he gives for the ‘integrability problem’.


Antonelli, G. B. Engel curves Indirect demand function Integrability problem 

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