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Current position

Mario Pianta is Full Professor (Professore Ordinario) of Economic Policy at Scuola Normale Superiore, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Firenze, with the ‘Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Chair on The political economy and historical dynamics of modern capitalism’, on temporary transfer for the years 2018-2021 from Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, Dipartimento di Economia, Società, Politica.

He is delegate of the Director of the Scuola Normale Superiore for the Istituto di Studi Avanzati Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Deputy Director (vice-preside) of the Dipartimento di scienze politico-sociali, and member of the Advisory Board of the Edizioni della Normale. He teaches the course on ‘International Political Economy’.

Mario Pianta is a member of the Committee on Innovation and Development of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italy’s Academy of Sciences), where he has been a member of the Centro Linceo Interdisciplinare ‘Beniamino Segre’ in 2011-2014, with an  interdisciplinary research project on ‘Evolution and economic change’.

Mario Pianta is Managing Editor of the journal Structural Change and Economic Dynamics (Elsevier).

Research interests

His research themes include international political economy, the causes and consequences of inequality, the relationships between innovation, growth and employment, the evolution of economic, industrial and research policies in Europe and in Italy. On these themes, he has been the tutor of more than ten Ph.D. students at several universities.

Previous positions

Mario Pianta has previously been a Professor at Università Roma Tre and Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, and a researcher at the National Research Council in Rome. He has been Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute, Department of Political and Social Sciences, in Fiesole (Florence) (November 2006-April 2007); visiting professor at the Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics (May-July 2007); visiting professor at CRPS, Université Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne (September-October 2007). He has been a research fellow at Columbia University, New York; a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, and has obtained his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

Mario Pianta has carried out research in cooperation with the European Commission, the OECD, ILO, UNRISD, UNIDO, MIUR and the Bank of Italy. He is the co-author of the annual RIO Country Report on Italy of the Research and Innovation Observatory of the European Commission-Joint Research Centre. He has an international experience on research evaluation, including EU Framework Programmes. He has been a member of the Evaluation Committee for the Habilitation of Professors (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale, 2012-2013), and of more than fifteen Selection Committees (Commissioni di concorso) for university positions.

Recent conferences

At the Scuola Normale Superiore, Dipartimento di scienze politico-sociali Donatella della Porta and Mario Pianta have organised in Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, the conference ‘Still time for another Europe? Alternative visions of the EU’ (6 May 2019).

At the Scuola Normale Superiore, Dipartimento di scienze politico-sociali, with the Istituto di Studi Avanzati Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Donatella della Porta and Mario Pianta have organised in 2018 in Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, two conferences on‘The political consequences of inequality. Inequality, representation, participation’ (25-26 October 2018) and on ‘The political consequences of inequality. Inequalities, territorial politics, nationalism’ (22-23 November 2018).

At the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, in 2018 Mario Pianta has been co-organiser and speaker at the conference ‘Research and innovation in Italy and Europe’ (7 February 2018).

Since 2003, he has been organiser and teacher of the annual week-long Ph.D. Advanced Course on ‘Innovation, growth and international production’ organised by the University of Urbino, Sapienza University of Rome, Scuola Normale Superiore, Università Roma Tre and Polytechnic University of the Marche, attracting Ph.D. students from international universities.

Recent invited lectures

Technology, wages and profits’, Goldsmiths University of London, 14 February 2019.

The policy space for a novel industrial policy in Europe’ School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 13 February 2019.

Europa divisa. Il dibattito sull’UE tra economia, storia, ideologia. Forum degli allievi della Normale, SNS, Pisa, 31 gennaio 2019.

Industries, structures, evolution’, Workshop in memory of Luigi Orsenigo, Università Bocconi, Milano, 5 December 2018.

Technology unemployment, skills and wages’. Conference on ‘The socio-economic impact of technological change’, INAPP, Rome, 29-30 November 2018.

Structural change, evolution and virtuous circles of growth’, Società italiana degli economisti, Conferenza annuale, Bologna, 26-27 October 2018.

The Economic State of the Union. Four drivers of divergence in Europe’. Keynote speech at the Annual conference of the EuroMemo Group, University of Helsinki, 27-29 September 2018.

La ricerca scientifica come motore del benessere’, Gruppo 2003 conference, La ricerca scientifica: un valore per il paese, CNR, Roma, 10 May 2018.

Waves of capitalism: Techno-economic paradigms, cycles of accumulation and crises’, Johns Hopkins University, The Arrighi Center for Global Studies, Baltimore, 26 March 2018.

Industrial and innovation policies’, workshop ‘Crisis in the European Monetary Union. Causes, policies and possible options’, Sapienza Università di Roma, 30 January 2018.

Technology and employment’, keynote speech at the 59th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics, 16-18 December 2017, Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

Recent Books

(with M. Franzini) Explaining inequality, London, Routledge, 2016. Italian translation: Disuguaglianze. Quante sono, come combatterle. Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2016.

(with G. Marcon) Sbilanciamo l’economia. Una via d’uscita dalla crisi, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2013.

Nove su dieci. Perché stiamo (quasi) tutti peggio di 10 anni fa, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2012.

(co-editor with P. Utting and A. Ellersiek) Global Justice Activism and Policy Reform in Europe. Understanding how change happens. London, Routledge, 2012.

(with C. Antonelli, F. Barbiellini Amidei, R. Giannetti, M. Gomellini, S. Pastorelli) Innovazione tecnologica e sviluppo industriale nel secondo dopoguerra. Laterza, Rome-Bari, 2007, pp.820.

(co-editor with M. Vivarelli) The employment impact of innovation. Evidence and policy. Routledge, London, 2000, pp.224.

Recent Journal Special Issues

Co-editor with D. della Porta and J. Galbraith of the special issue of the journal Structural Change and Economic Dynamics on ‘The political consequences of inequality’, forthcoming, 2020.

Co-editor with R. Scazzieri of the special issue of the journal Structural Change and Economic Dynamics on ‘Economic change: structure and evolution’, fortcoming, 2019.

Guest editor of the special issue of the journal Economics of Innovation and New Technologies on ‘Innovation and economic change’, 2016.

Selected Recent Journal Articles

Technology and employment. Twelve stylized facts for the digital age. Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 61, 2, 2018: 189-225.

(with V. Cirillo and L. Nascia), Technology and Occupations in the Great Recession,  Sustainability, 2018, 10: 463.

(with D. Guarascio) The gains from technology: new products, exports and profits. Economics of Innovation and New Technologies, 26, 8, 2017: 779-804

(with F. Bogliacino, M. Lucchese, L. Nascia) Modelling the virtuous circle of innovation. A test on Italian firms, Industrial and Corporate Change, 26, 3, 2016: 467-484.

 (with F. Bogliacino) The Pavitt Taxonomy, Revisited. Patterns of innovation in manufacturing and services. Economia Politica, Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics, 33, 2, 2016: 153-180.

(with M. Lucchese and L. Nascia) Industrial policy and technology in Italy. Economia e Politica Industriale - Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, 43, 3, 2016: 233-260.

(with D. Guarascio and F. Bogliacino) Export, R&D and New Products. A Model and a Test on European Industries, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 26, 4, 2016, 869–905.

Slowing trade: global activism against trade liberalisation. Global Policy, 5, 2, 2014: 214-221.

An industrial policy for Europe, Seoul Journal of Economics, 27, 3, 2014: 277-306.

(with F. Bogliacino and M. Lucchese) Job Creation in Business Services: Innovation, Demand, Polarisation, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics 25, 2013: 95-109.

(with F. Bogliacino) Profits, R&D and innovation. A model and a test, Industrial and Corporate Change, 22 (3) 2013: 649-678.

Democracy lost: the financial crisis in Europe and the role of civil society, Journal of Civil Society, 9, 2, 2013.

(with F. Bogliacino, G. Perani, S. Supino) Innovation and Development. The Evidence from Innovation Surveys, Latin American Business Review 13, 2011: 1-44.

(with F. Bogliacino) Engines of growth. Innovation and productivity in industry groups. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 22, 1, 2011: 41–53

(with F. Bogliacino) Innovation and employment: a reinvestigation using revised Pavitt classes, Research Policy, 2010, 39: 799-809.