Guido Alfani

Professor of Economic History, Bocconi University

Guido Alfani is Professor of Economic History at Bocconi University where he is also a Fellow of Dondena Centre and of IGIER. He is an Affiliated Scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality (New York) and a Research Fellow of CEPR. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic History and of Genus. He is also the organizer of the international scientific network EI-Net (Economic Inequality Network -

An economic and social historian and an historical demographer, he published extensively on preindustrial Italy and Europe, specialising in economic inequality, in processes of concentration and distribution of wealth, in the history of epidemics and famines, in social alliance systems and social networks. In 2012-2016 he was Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded research project EINITE-Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800 (, whose aim was to reconstruct long-term trends in wealth and income inequality in different areas of the continent. He is now P.I. of another ERC-funded project, SMITE-Social Mobility and Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800 (project running 1 June 2017 - 31 May 2022).

His recent publications include The Lion's Share. Inequality and the rise of the fiscal state in preindustrial Europe, CUP 2019 (with M. Di Tullio); Famine in European History, CUP 2017 (with C. Ó Gráda); Plague and Lethal Epidemics in the Pre-Industrial World, Journal of Economic History, 77(1), 2017 (with T. Murphy); Economic inequality in preindustrial times: Europe and beyond, Journal of Economic Literature, forthcoming.

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