Pisa (Italy), October 5-7, 2001

Call for Papers Place of conference Conference Committee
Information for authors Accomodation Registration
Programme List of participants Conference Poster


Submitting a Paper
Attendance and Fees



Since the mid 1980s growth economics has again become a central topic in economic theorizing. Interest in the study of economic growth has experienced remarkable ups and downs in the history of economics: It was in the center of the concerns of the Classical political economists from Adam Smith to David Ricardo, and then of Karl Marx, but moved to the periphery during the so-called 'marginal revolution'. John von Neumann's growth model and Roy Harrod's attempt to generalize Keynes's principle of effective demand to the long run re-ignited interest in growth theory. Following the publication of papers by Robert Solow and Nicholas Kaldor in the mid 1950s, growth theory became one of the central topics of the economics profession until the early 1970s. The recent endogenous growth theory has revitalized the field from a decade of dormancy in the late 1980.

The goal of this Conference is to analyze the recent developments in growth theory also in the light of the historical roots of the field. Attention is also given to the analysis of growth theories developed in the past.


Conference topics will cover research in areas with a bearing on growth theory. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Key elements necessary to generate growth models and how they differ across time 
  • Mechanisms of endogeneity of growth and technical change 
  • The relations between the "new" and "old" growth theories 
  • The role of aggregate demand in new and old growth theories 
  • The functional distribution of income in new and old growth theories 
  • Aspects of growth theory developed in the past, possibly with reference to modern approaches 
  • Main assumptions in growth models, and their relevance to sustained growth 
  • Special topics in a methodological perspective: long period or intertemporal analyses; continuous or discrete approaches, evolutionary aspects. 
  • New directions of the new growth theories on topics such as Inequality, Convergence, Technology, Malthusian growth and others. 
  • Related topics such as the role of competition, forms of competition, social conflict, the role of institutions. 

Submitting a Paper

A combination of invited and submitted papers will be chosen for the final program, which will also include panel discussions. Submissions of whole sessions are welcome. The submissions will be reviewed by a Scientific Committee. Submission of a 1-2 page abstract should be sent by email to nerisal@ec.unipi.it in pdf or in rtf format.


Deadline for the submission of a one page abstract: June 30th, 2001.
Notification of acceptance: July 30th, 2001.
Deadline for submission of full papers: August 30, 2001.

Attendance and Fees

The Conference fees of ECU 200 will cover all meals (two dinners, two lunches, four coffee-breaks) and printed material. All participants will be required to provide for their own expenses; details on accomodation opportunities will be provided.