Bocconi Home


Personal page

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 University, Milan, 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 Behavioral Economics for Oxford University Press.

A CV in English is attached here.

Last update of this webpage: May 2017.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (full list in the attached CV)

NOTE: Downloading, copying, or printing for, or on behalf of, any for-profit commercial firm or other commercial purpose should not be done without the explicit permission of the corresponding publisher.



Measuring Utility: from the Marginal Revolution to Behavioral Economics, under contract with Oxford University Press.

From Classical Political Economy to Behavioral Economics, Milano: Egea, 2012.


See Contents and Preface













How Economists Came to Accept Expected Utility Theory: The Case of Samuelson and Savage, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 30, 2016: 219-236.

Nash Was a First to Axiomatize Expected Utility, with H. Bleichrodt, C. Li, and P.P. Wakker, Theory and Decision, 81, 2016. 309-312.

Over-the-Counter Markets vs. Double Auctions: A Comparative Experimental Study, with G. Attanasi and S. Centorrino, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 63, 2016: 22-35..

Measurement Theory and Utility Analysis in Suppes’ Early Work, 1951-1958, Journal of Economic Methodology, 23, 2016: 252-267.

Measuring the Economizing Mind in the 1940s and 1950s: the Mosteller-Nogee and Davidson-Suppes-Siegel Experiments to Measure the Utility of Money, History of Political Economy, 48, annual supplement, 2016: 239-269.

Austrian Debates on Utility Measurement, from Menger to Hayek. In Hayek: A Collaborative Biography, Part IV. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015: 137-179.

Introduction: Methodologies of Bounded Rationality, with T. Grüne-Yanoff and C. Marchionni, Journal of Economic
y, 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.

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.

Last change 22/09/2017