Michelangelo Vasta

Professor of Economic History – University of Siena

PhD. in Economic History (University of Oxford)

Graduate in History (University of Firenze)

Patents, History of Technology, Trade, Business History, Italian economic history

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Economic History and Historical Economics: A Quantitative Analysis
2019 Oct 12 - 2019 Oct 13

Cioni, Martina; Federico, Giovanni; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Race between the Snail and the Tortoise: Skill Premium and Early Industrialisation in Italy 1861-1913
2019 Aug 29 - 2019 Aug 31

Ridolfi, Leonardo; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Steinberg, Federico; Vasta, Michelangelo

Inequality in Europe in the Long Run (1300-1850): Evidence from Real Wages
2019 Aug 29 - 2019 May 31

Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

Three Different Tribes: The Road to Success in Economic History
2019 Aug 29 - 2019 Aug 31

Cioni, Martina; Federico, Giovanni; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Race between the Snail and the Tortoise: Skill Premium and Early Industrialization in Italy (1861-1913)
2019 May 13 - 2019 May 14

Ridolfi, Leonardo; Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Human Capital Gender Gap and Educational Reforms in Italy (1861-1921)
2019 May 13 - 2019 May 14

Cappelli, Gabriele; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Race between the Snail and the Tortoise: Skill Premium and Early Industrialization in Italy (1861-1913)
2019 Apr 05 - 2019 Apr 07

Ridolfi, Leonardo; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Steinberg, Federico; Vasta, Michelangelo

Is Skill-Premium Necessary for Technological Catching-Up? Evidence from Italy, 1861-1913
2018 Nov 22 - 2018 Nov 23

Ridolfi, Leonardo; Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

Ninety Years of Publications in Economic history: Evidence from the Top Five Field Journals (1927-2017)
2018 Nov 22 - 2018 Nov 23

Cioni, Martina; Federico, Giovanni; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Value of Patents in Italy, 1861-1913
2018 Jul 27 - 2018 Jul 27

Magazzini, Laura; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

Putting History into the Study of Legal Institutions: Bankruptcy and Insolvency Laws around Europe, 1850-2015
2018 Jul 26 - 2018 Aug 03

Di Martino, Paolo; Latham, Mark; Vasta, Michelangelo

Inequality in Europe in a Long-Term Perspective (14th-19th Century)- Evidence from Real Wages
2018 Jul 26 - 2018 Aug 03

Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Determinants of the Human-Capital Gender Gap in Italy: from the Liberal Age to the Fascist Era
2018 Jul 26 - 2018 Aug 03

Cappelli, Gabriele; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Value of Patents in Italy, 1861-1913
2018 Jul 26 - 2018 Aug 03

Magazzini, Laura; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

Inequality in Europe in a Long-Term Perspective (14th-19th Century): Evidence from Real Wages
2018 Jun 22 - 2018 Jun 24

Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Early Phases of the Italian Patent System (1861-1870)
2018 Apr 04 - 2018 Apr 07

Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Early Phases of the Italian Patent System (1861-1870)
2018 Feb 15 - 2018 Feb 16

Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Real Wages, GDP and the Plight of the Poor, 1300-1913
2017 Dec 07 - 2017 Dec 07

Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Localization of Innovation in Early Industrializing Italy: Evidence from Patent Records (1861-1913)
2017 Nov 02 - 2017 Nov 05

Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Value of Patents in Italy, 1861-1913
2017 Sep 01 - 2017 Sep 02

Magazzini, Laura; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Origins of the Italian Regional Divide: Evidence from Real Wages, 1861-1913
2017 Jul 04 - 2017 Jul 07

Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

The Origins of the Italian Regional Divide: Evidence from Real Wages, 1861-1913
2017 Mar 31 - 2017 Apr 02

Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo

Patents and Inventors, 1800-1939
2016 Mar 30 - 2016 Mar 30

Nuvolari, Alessandro; Andersson, David; Saiz, Patricio; Streb, Jochen; Vasta, Michelangelo

Publications

2020. Cappelli, Gabriele; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Can School Centralisation Foster Human Capital Accumulation? A Quasi-Experiment from Early XX Century Italy", The Economic History Review 73(1), (159-184).
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2020. Cioni, Martina; Federico, Giovanni; Vasta, Michelangelo. "The Long-Term Evolution of Economic History: Evidence from the Top Five Journals (1927-2017)", Cliometrica 14(1), (1-39).
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2019. Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Patenting the Risorgimento: Economic Integration and the Formation of the Italian Patent System (1855-1872)", Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook 60(1), (93-122).
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2019. Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo. "The Origins of the Italian Regional Divide: Evidence from Real Wages, 1861–1913", The Journal of Economic History 79(1), (63-98).
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2019. Lluch, Andrea; Rinaldi, Alberto; Salvaj, Erica; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Directors and Syndics in Corporate Networks: Argentina and Italy Compared (1913-1990)", Business History 61(4), (603-628).
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2019. Federico, Giovanni; Nuvolari, Alessandro; Ridolfi, Leonardo; Vasta, Michelangelo. "The Race between the Snail and the Tortoise: Skill Premium and Early Industrialization in Italy (1861–1913)", Cliometrica (forthcoming).
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2019. Di Martino, Paolo; Felice, Emanuele; Vasta, Michelangelo. "A Tale of Two Italies: ‘Access-Orders’ and the Italian Regional Divide", Scandinavian Economic History Review (forthcoming).
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2018. Nuvolari, Alessandro; Toninelli, Pier Angelo; Vasta, Michelangelo. "What Makes a Successful (and Famous) Entrepreneur? Historical Evidence from Italy (XIX-XX Centuries)", Industrial and Corporate Change 27(3), (425-447).
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2018. Di Martino, Paolo; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Reassessing the Italian “Economic Miracle”: Law, Firms’ Governance, and Management, 1950-1973", Business History Review 92(2), (281-306).
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2017. Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo. "The Geography of Innovation in Italy, 1861-1913: Evidence from Patent Data", European Review of Economic History 21(3), (326-356).
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2017. Vasta, Michelangelo; Drago, Carlo; Ricciuti, Roberto; Rinaldi, Alberto. "Reassessing the Bank Industry Relationship in Italy, 1913-1936: A Counterfactual Analysis", Cliometrica 11(2), (183-216).
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2016. Colli, Andrea; Rinaldi, Alberto; Vasta, Michelangelo. "The Only Way to Grow? Italian Business Groups in Historical Perspective", Business History 58(1), (30-48).
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2015. Di Martino, Paolo; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Happy 150th Birthday Italy? Institutions and Economic Pperformance since 1861", Enterprise and Society 16(2), (291-312).
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2015. Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Independent Invention in Italy during the Liberal Age, 1861-1913", The Economic History Review 68(3), (270-290).
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2015. Nuvolari, Alessandro; Vasta, Michelangelo. "The Ghost in the Attic? The Italian National Innovation System in Historical Perspective, 1861-2011", Enterprise and Society 16(2), (270-290).
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2015. Felice, Emanuele; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Passive Modernization? The New Human Development Index and its Components in Italy’s Regions (1871-2007)", European Review of Economic History 19(1), (44-66).
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2015. Colli, Andrea; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Large and Entangled: Italian Business Groups in the Long Run", Business History 57(1), (64-95).
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2015. Colli, Andrea; Rinaldi, Alberto; Vasta, Michelangelo. "The Only Way to Grow? Italian Business Groups in Historical Perspective", Business History 58(1), (30-48).
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2015. Federico, Giovanni; Vasta, Michelangelo. "What Do We Really Know about Protection before the Great Depression: Evidence from Italy", The Journal of Economic History 75(4), (993-1029).
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2014. Toninelli, Pier Angelo; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Opening the Black Box of Entrepreneurship: The Italian Case in a Historical Perspective", Business History 56(2), (161-186).
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2010. Di Martino, Paolo; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Companies’ Insolvency and ‘The Nature of the Firm’ in Italy, 1920s-1970s", The Economic History Review 63(1), (137-164).
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2010. Federico, Giovanni; Vasta, Michelangelo. "Was Industrialization an Escape for the Commodity Lottery? Evidence from Italy 1861-1939", Explorations in Economic History 47(2), (228-243).
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