Professor Luigi Pasinetti (1930-2023)

  • 02 February 2023

Gonville & Caius College Honorary Fellow Professor Luigi Pasinetti has died. He was 92.

He was admitted as a research student at Caius in 1956 and returned in 1989 as a Visiting Professor. Professor Luigi Pasinetti was elected an Honorary Fellow of Caius in 1999.

Born on September 12, 1930, in Zanica, near Bergamo in northern Italy, he began his economics studies at Milan’s Università Cattolica, where he obtained his “laurea” degree in 1954.

He won several scholarships for postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge (1956 and 1958), Harvard University, United States (1957) and the University of Oxford (1959).

In 1960 he became a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, and he was awarded his PhD in 1963. In 1973, he was appointed Reader at the University, a post that he kept until his return to the Università Cattolica Milano in 1976, where he was elected dean of the faculty of economics.

His research was an inquiry into the dynamic theory of economic growth and income distribution, with his work rooted in classical economic analysis.

He received a long list of distinctions and honours for his academic work, and provided valuable contributions to several major economic journals. He was a founding Patron of the Cambridge Journal of Economics (since 1977) and had roles with the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics (since its founding in 1978) and Kyklos (1981).

He was latterly Emeritus Professor at the Università Cattolica Milano.

He died on January 31, 2023.