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Paolo Sylos Labini, 1920-2005


  • Alessandro Roncaglia

    (Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche, Facoltà di Scienze Statistiche, Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza")


The paper outlines the intellectual biography of Paolo Sylos Labini, a great economist with strong civic ideals. After recalling his education (in Rome, then at Harvard with Schumpeter and at Cambridge with Robertson), the paper illustrates his contributions in a variety of fields, ranging from economic policy and applied analysis (including the first econometric model of the Italian economy) to the history of economic thought and the analysis of technical progress, from social classes (with a stress on the role of the middle classes) to underdevelopment, and especially to oligopoly theory, conceived as a general theory of market forms, based on the notion of barriers to entry in an industry. Sylos Labini's political involvement and his strong civic values are also briefly illustrated.

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  • Alessandro Roncaglia, 2006. "Paolo Sylos Labini, 1920-2005," BNL Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 59(236), pages 3-21.
  • Handle: RePEc:psl:bnlaqr:2006:11

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    1. Franco Modigliani & Jean Paul Fitoussi & Beniamino Moro & Denis Snower & Robert Solo & Alfred Steinherr & Paolo Sylos Labini, 1999. "An Economist’s Manifesto on Unemployment in the European Union," Journal of Income Distribution, Journal of Income Distribution, vol. 8(2), pages 1-1, December.
    2. Franco Modigliani, 1958. "New Developments on the Oligopoly Front," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 66, pages 215-215.
    3. Paolo Sylos-Labini, 1979. "Prices and Income Distribution in Manufacturing Industry," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 2(1), pages 3-25, October.
    4. Labini, Paolo Sylos, 1995. "Why the interpretation of the Cobb-Douglas production function must be radically changed," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 6(4), pages 485-504, December.
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    Economic Thought; History of Economic Thought;

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    • B32 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Obituaries


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