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Massimo Egidi

Massimo Egidi Emeritus Professor of Economics, currently holds the Behavioral Psychology and Economics course at Luiss Guido Carli. From 2006 to 2016 he held the position of Rector of the University.

From 1987 he held the chair of Microeconomics at the University of Trento, from 1987 to 1995 Director of the Department of Economics and from 1996 to 2004 Rector of the same University. He was also President of the Bruno Kessler Foundation of Trento, from 2010 to 2014.

He has been visiting fellow at  Washington University in St. Louis  (1975), visiting professor at the Center for Research on Management at the Graduate Business School,  University of California, Berkeley  (1993); visiting scholar at the IIASA, Laxenburg – Austria (1994), at the  Stanford University  (2003), at the  Santa Fe Institute  (USA) and, more recently, at the Ecole Politecnique, the  Ecole Normale Superieure  and the Collège de France of Paris.

He was President of Schumpeter Sociery from 2018 to 2021.

Areas of interest and research: Behavioral Economics, Cognitive Psychology, Complexity

Selected Publications:

  • (2014)  “The economics of wishful thinking and the adventures of rationality”, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 9-27 , In Mind  & Society, Cognitive studies in economics and social sciences – Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg – ISSN 1593-7879 – (DOI) 10.1007/s11299-014-0146-8
  • (2013) Egidi, M. “Experiments in business organizations” in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, Edited by Mie Augier and David J. Teece (DOI: 10.1057/9781137294678.0222)
  • (2012)  “The cognitive explanarion of economic behavior: from Simon to Kahneman”In “Handbook of knowledge and economics” p.183-210., Edited by R. Arena, Agnès Festré, Natalie Lazaric, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK-Northampton, MA, USA, 2012 – ISBN 978-1-84376-404-5
  • (2011)  “Braitenber Vehickel: altruistich, egoistich, opportunistich” in Inga Hosp, Almut Schutz, Zeno Breitenberg Tentakel des Geistes – Begegnungen mit Valentin Breitenberg (pp 236-242), Edition Raetia-Arunda 81, 2011 – ISBN 978-88-7283-403-9
  • (2008) & Ajmone Marsan, and Bellomo. Towards a mathematical theory of complex socio-economical system by functional subsystems representation. Kinetic and related Models, American Institute of Mathematical Sciences,  p. 249-278, ISSN: 1937-5093
  • (2008) De la racionalidad limitada a la economia comportamental. In: Viale R.. Las nuevas economias. p. 189-218, Mexico: Flacso, ISBN/ISSN: 978-970-9967-23-4.
  • (2008). Le processus dual du raisonnement: origines, problèmes et perspectives. In: Walliser B.. Economie et Cognition. p. 11-54, Paris: Ophrys / Maison des Sciences de l’Homme,, ISBN/ISSN: 978-2-7080-1159-5.
  • (2008) “Organizational Learning, Problem Solving and the Division of Labour”. In Economics, Bounded Rationality and the cognitive    revolution, Simon, H.A., Egidi, M., Marris, R., and Viale, R., editors. Elgar,(Reprinting).
  • (2008) “Introduzione” in Bonini N. F Del Missier Rumiati R. (editor)  Psicologia del giudizio e della decisione Il Mulino
  • (2007) “Decomposition patterns in problem solving” , in Cognitive Economics: New Trends, Contributions to Economic Analysis, volume 280, Chapter 1, Part I, Decisions and Beliefs : edited by Richard Topol &Bernard Walliser,  Elsevier.   Anche su Economics Working Paper Archive at WUSTL  URL
  • (2006) « From Bounded Rationality to Behavioral Economics », in  Storia del Pensiero Economico: Nuova Serie, January-June 2006 anche in  Social Science Research Network, El. Paper Collection,
  • (2006) “Cognitive Economics” in Raffaelli T, Becattini G., Dardi M.,  The Elgar companion To Alfred Marshall , Cheltenham: Elgar pp 672-678 ISBN:9781843760726
  • (2005) “Dalla razionalità limitata all’economia comportamentale”. In Le Nuove Economie, Viale, R., editor. Milano, Edizioni il Sole 24 Ore.
  • (2005) “Prefazione”. In  Economia Cognitiva e Sperimentale, Guala, V., Motterlini, M., editors, Milano: Università Bocconi Editore.
  • (2005) “How Uncritical Is the Standard Mentality of Academic Economists?” in History of Economic Ideas, 2005, v. 13, iss. 3, pp. 107-11
  • (2005). From Bounded Rationality to Behavioral Economics in Social Science Research Network,
  • (2004).(Reprint)  ‘Creative Destruction’ in Economic and Political Institutions. In: Egidi;M. Rizzello; S., Cognitive Economics, Cheltenham: Elgar. vol. 169. ISBN:9781840647808
  • (2004) “Distorsioni nelle decisioni razionali”. In Rivista Italiana degli Economisti. Anno IX (1), 33-76.
  • (2004) & Rizzello, S., “Cognitive Economics: foundations and historical roots”. In Cognitive Economics, Egidi, M., Rizzello, S., editors. Aldershot U.K.: Elgar,1-22.
  • (2004) & Narduzzo A. (Reprint) The Emergence of Path-Dependent Behaviors in Cooperative Contexts. In: Egidi, M., Rizzello, S., editors, Cognitive Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. vol. 2, p. 237 – 269. ISBN:9781840647808
  • (2004) & Marengo, L., (2004) “Cognition, institutions, near decomposability: rethinking Herbert Simon’s contribution”. In Models of A Man: Essays in Memory of Herbert A. Simon, Augier M., March, J. J., editors. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Papers and presentations on Higher Education:

  • “Higher Education Facing Global Challenges.  An Italian Perspective”, IE Business School, 30 Aprile 2010, Segovia
  • “Managing the tensions of business schools: some open questions”, 2008 Academy of Management Meetings, 11 Agosto, Anaheim, Los Angeles
  • “Governance and management in a context of change. Considerations in the Italian perspective” EUA  Conference at University of Coimbra , September 2008
  • “Universities: Education providers or market players?”, EAIE Conference “The role of the universities in the European Research Area”, Torino, 15-18 settembre 2004
  • “University autonomy and governance” , European Commission, DG Research: “The Europe of knowledge 2020″, Liegi, 25-28 aprile 2004.-
  • “Culture and changes: Approaches and implementation – the role of the rector”,  Seminario EUA-EQUIS: “Governance and Leadership: Developing new policies and skills”, Lovanio, 5-6 dicembre 2003.-
  • “The career of a researcher in the European Research Area”, European Conference, Badia Fiesolana (FI), 17-18 luglio 2003.-
  • “Revisiting the links between higher education and research”, EUA Convention of European Higher Education Institutions,
  • Graz, 29-31 maggio, 2003.

 Curriculum Vitae