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Pigou, Del Vecchio and Sraffa: The 1955 International ‘Antonio Feltrinelli’ Prize for the Economic and Social Sciences


  • Rogério Arthmar

    (Department of Economics, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória, Brazil; Visiting Fellow, Economics Program, University of Western Australia, Business School)

  • Michael McLure

    (Business School, University of Western Australia)


In 1955 the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei awarded the inagural Internazionale “Antonio Feltrinelli” Premio per le Scienze Economiche e Sociali to Arthur Cecil Pigou. This paper provides some context to the episode and considers the establishment of the prize; the membership of the 1955 selection committee; the activities of this committee, especially those of its secretary, Gustavo Del Vecchio. Correspondence between A. C. Pigou, Piero Sraffa and Del Vecchio pertaining to this prize is also examined. The most significant findings reported in this paper concern the discovery of Del Vecchio’s active role in supporting the nomination of Pigou for this prize; as well as Sraffa’s contention that Pigou had ‘never been honoured in proportion to his merits’ and his characterisation of the decision to award the International Antonio Feltrinelli Prize to Pigou as a ‘great act of justice’.

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  • Rogério Arthmar & Michael McLure, 2014. "Pigou, Del Vecchio and Sraffa: The 1955 International ‘Antonio Feltrinelli’ Prize for the Economic and Social Sciences," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 14-32, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwa:wpaper:14-32

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