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ASINETTI (born 1930) Mauro Baranzini Luigi Lodovico Pasinetti was born on 12 September 1930 at Zanica, near Bergamo (Northern Italy). He received his ﬁrst degree (laurea) from the Catholic University of Milan in 1954; after graduate work at Cambridge (UK) and at Harvard he obtained a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Cambridge in 1962 with a now well-known dissertation on ‘A Multi-Sector Model of Economic Growth’. He came into close contact, as he was later to write, ‘with that remarkable group of thinkers – Richard Kahn, Nicholas Kaldor, Joan Robinson and Piero Sraffa – whom I had the rare fortune of meeting, discussing with so often, and then being associated with, in Cambridge, which has been to me the most stimulating place I could possibly imagine for progressive thought in economic theory’. His ﬁrst ofﬁcial appointment (to a research fellowship) was at Nufﬁeld College, Oxford (1959–61), but in 1961 he was called by Lord Richard Kahn back to Cambridge where he became a Fellow of King’s College, remaining there until 1976. In 1973, at a time when this was reputed to be a great distinction, he was appointed Reader in economics at the University of Cambridge. In 1976, he returned to Italy to his economics chair at his old alma mater, the Catholic University of Milan, where in quick succession he was chairman of the Faculty of Economics (1980–83), director of the Department of Economics (1983–86) and director of the doctorate programme (1986–92). He...
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