I am an associate professor of economics at Insubria University (Varese), and a research associate of the Centre for philosophy of natural and social science (CPNSS) at the London School of Economics. At Bocconi, I teach history of economic thought.
My research focuses on the history and methodology of microeconomics, with special attention to choice and utility theory, experimental and behavioral economics, and the epistemic foundations of game theory. I am currently writing a book on Measuring Utility: from the Marginal Revolution to Neuroeconomics for Oxford University Press. I answer some questions about the history of choice theory and talk about my research projects here.
A CV in English is attached here. Some selected publications and working papers can be downloaded below.
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Measuring Utility: from the Marginal Revolution to Neuroeconomics, under contract with Oxford University Press, scheduled for publication in 2015.
From Classical Political Economy to Behavioral Economics, Milano: Egea, 2012.
See Contents and Preface.
SELECTED ARTICLES and BOOK CHAPTERS (full list in the attached CV)
Introduction: Methodologies of Bounded Rationality, with T. Grüne-Yanoff and C. Marchionni, Journal of Economic
Methodology, 21, 2014: 325-342.
Were Jevons, Menger and Walras Really Cardinalists? On the Notion of Measurement in Utility Theory, Psychology, Mathematics and Other Disciplines, 1870-1910, History of Political Economy, 45, 2013: 373-414.
How Cardinal Utility Entered Economic Analysis, 1909-1944, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 20, 2013: 906-939.
Austrian Debates on Utility Measurement, from Menger to Hayek. In Hayek and the Austrian School, edited by R. Leeson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014.
Intension, Extension, and the Model of Belief and Knowledge in Economics, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 5, 2012: pp. 1-26.
Becker Random Behavior and the As-If Defense of Rational Choice Theory in Demand Analysis (with P. Tubaro), Journal of Economic Methodology, 18, 2011: 107-128.
Review article of The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Handbook, ed. A. Caplin and A. Schotter, Oxford University Press, 2008; Economics and Philosophy, 26, 2010: 101-108.
More Economics, Please: We’re Historians of Economics, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 30, 2008: 85-91.
Early Experiments in Consumer Demand Theory: 1930-1970, History of Political Economy, 39, 2007: 359-401.
History of Consumer Demand Theory 1871-1971: A Neo-Kantian Rational Reconstruction, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 14, 2007: 119-156.
W.E. Johnson’s 1913 Paper and the Question of His Knowledge of Pareto, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 27, 2005: 283-304.
An Experimental Study of an Over-the-Counter Market (with G. Attanasi and S. Centorrino). WP 2013-1, Department of Economics, University of Insubria, February 2013.
Epistemic Virtues and Theory Choice in Economics, April 2006, LSE-CPNSS Discussion Paper 79/06.
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