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CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC THOUGHT

CODE 104954
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 11161 SCIENZE DELL'AMMINISTRAZIONE E DELLA POLITICA (L-16) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SECS-P/04
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course aims to introduce the main authors, schools and orientations of economic thought from the end of the 19th to the end of the 20th century, without neglecting the most recent thought.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to teach students the fundamental notions about the formation and development over time of contemporary economic theories and ideas, also in relation to the cultural scientific context in which they were formulated, and the interrelationships between theories and visions of the economic system and the projects and achievements of economic policy, as well as the conceptual foundations of the analytical and interpretative tools necessary to place the problems and characters studied in their historical perspective. Students must thus develop a historical and critical awareness, as well as the awareness of the plurality of existing economic theories and the economic policies proposed and implemented in the various institutional realities.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to teach students the fundamental notions about the formation and development over time of contemporary economic theories and ideas, also in relation to the cultural scientific context in which they were formulated, and the interrelationships between theories and visions of the economic system and the projects and achievements of economic policy, as well as the conceptual foundations of the analytical and interpretative tools necessary to place the problems and characters studied in their historical perspective. The course will therefore start from Marshall's synthesis, to examine authors such as Schumpeter, Keynes and Sraffa, studying the genesis of their thought and identifying lines of continuity and fracture. Particular attention will be devoted to the comparison between marginalist economic thought and classical economic thought, in its fundamental structures and in its reinterpretation starting from the 1960s. In this way the so-called Neoricardian, Neo Marxist and Neowalrasian theories will be compared. The different theories generically called "neo" or "post" Keynesian will be discussed and juxtaposed, identifying their specificities and the ability to interact with monetarism and the so-called "new classical macroeconomics". Finally, some intellectual figures of undoubted importance, but difficult to place, between economics, sociology and politics will be presented: Polanyi, Hirschman and Georgescu-Roegen. Students should thus develop a critical historical awareness and awareness of the plurality of existing economic theories and the economic policies proposed and implemented in the various institutional realities.

    PREREQUISITES

    A solid preparation acquired in the Secondary School and the habit of assiduous study conducted with an active attitude are indispensable prerequisites, which should be satisfied by all students who have obtained an Italian Diploma di Maturità or equivalent recognized qualification and choose to continue their studies.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures and reading or presentation in the classroom, commentary and discussion of passages by the various authors treated

    In principle, lessons are to be held in classroom. However, in accordance with the rules for access to university premises adopted to counter the spread of the COVID pandemic, they might be held on TEAMS. The TEAMS code will eventually be communicated via aulaweb

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Classics and Marginalists // Schumpeter // Keynes // Recalls on the relevance of Veblen and Weber for economic thought // Sraffa // von Hayek // Samuelson // The "new" microeconomics: theories of firm and industrial organization / / Neoliberalism and neoliberalisms: ordoliberalism, "new" Austrian school, Chicago school // Neoclassical synthesis and post-Keynesian economics // Monetarism // Evolutionism, institutionalism, neo-Marxism // Heretics by nature: Polanyi, Hirschman, Georgescu-Roegen

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Reference manual: Alessandro Roncaglia, "L'età della disgregazione", Laterza, ult. ed.

    The parts to be prepared will be indicated on Aulaweb, together with further in-depth readings.

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    RICCARDO SOLIANI (President)

    GIULIA BIANCHI

    LUCA GANDULLIA (Substitute)

    ENRICO IVALDI (Substitute)

    ALESSANDRO LE DONNE (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Please consult the website of the Department of Political Science.

    The course lasts 54 hours and grants 9 cfu.

    Course timetable: the lessons last two hours and take place in lecture hall D, next to lecture halls 17 and 18:

    Tuesday, h. 16.00, room 19; Wednesday, h. 14.00, room 7; Thursday, h. 10.00, room D.

    ATTENTION! The course will start the week of Monday 21 February.

    To access the Teams channel "Contemporary economic thinking cod. 104954" you must use the code

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    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Written exam with open questions in a variable number between 2 and 6, which could be divided into sub-questions

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Class discussions. Active participation will enter the final evaluation in a manner that will be communicated in the classroom. Attendance is highly recommended. Non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher in good time (riccardo.soliani@unige.it) and to maintain him.

     

    There are no intermediate tests, but during the course, upon request, self-assessment methods will be indicated

     

    Final exam, according to the modalities seen above.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    19/12/2022 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
    09/01/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
    23/01/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
    26/05/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
    16/06/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
    07/07/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
    11/09/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    The "course" should also be a "path" to be done together; for this, attendance is highly recommended. Non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher in good time (riccardo.soliani@unige.it).