Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Sebastiano Bavetta

Sebastiano Bavetta is Professor of Economics at the Università degli Studi di Palermo and Visiting Professor of Economics and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Since 2013 he is Principal Investigator in the research project on “Personal Freedom” based at the University of Pennsylvania and funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Since 2001 he is also Research Associate at the London School of Economics (UK) and since 2013 Fellow of the Fondazione Economia Tor Vergata.

Prof. Bavetta holds a B.A. in Economics from the Università degli Studi di Palermo, an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvanya and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Economics from the London School of Economics (UK).

Prof. Bavetta’s research interests focus on issues in positive and normative economics and in political theory. In particular, he has worked on liberalism, on the role of the state, on the measurement of freedom – both at the theoretical and empirical level – on the concept of autonomy, on the determinants of economic dynamism, prosperity and happiness, and on the role of interest groups in the democratic decision process.

He has published four monographs and many articles in international journals as well as in volumes of collected papers, at the international level. In his research activity he defends the idea of the open society and argues for its policy and political effects, on the one hand, and for its consequences on material and immaterial prosperity, on the other.

Beyond his affiliations at the London School of Economics and at the University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Bavetta has been a visiting fellow in many Italian and international institutions: Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (I), Fudan University (China), George Mason University (US), Université de Caen (F), Universität Bayreuth (D, where he has been the “2004 Adam Smith” guest professor), University of California, San Diego (USA) and Australian National University, (AUS).

Prof. Bavetta has extensive political and administrative experience. From 2006 to 2010 he held political responsibility for the budget and finance of the City of Palermo and for the strategic management and control of the City’s public utilities. He has also been non executive president of the local airport authority, from 2010 to 2011, and a member of the board of the Fondazione Teatro Massimo, the local opera house. He has also been in the board of a number of foundations and research centers, in Italy.

Prof. Bavetta has extensively consulted on issues in public policy and local government. He has also written for the public at large, in a number of Italian weekly and cultural magazines as well as in daily newspapers where he has contributed opinions on issues on freedom, public policy and local public finance. He has directed and participated in colloquia organized by the Liberty Fund.

Prof. Bavetta’s current research interests focus on the conditions for economic and social dynamism. In particular, he is working on the mechanisms that facilitate social change and the conditions that must be realized for a society to flourish. He is also engaged in the construction of an index of social change amenable to public policy applications.


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