I was born in Padova, grew up in the country side ( proof ) and moved to Venezia at the age of ten.
I attended the Liceo Scientifico "Giordano Bruno", in Mestre-Venezia, between 1970 and 1974.
I cannot help it: I still feel very fond of that whole period and like to tell people about them. The class I was in for five years managed to develop some special bonds that have kept us together until now. Thirty years later "V M" still meets, whenever possible, to party, talk politics and mercilessly poke fun at each other, like we have always done (here is an image of when we were the II M ). Some of us also like to go skiing together, partly for the company, partly for views like this , or like this ...
I received my Laurea in Economia e Commercio in July 1982, from Universita' "Ca' Foscari" in Venezia.
I went to the University of Rochester to attend graduate school in 1983. In 1987 I received a Ph.D. with a Thesis titled "Stable, Cyclic and Chaotic Dynamics in Models of Economic Optimization Over Time".
Lionel W. McKenzie was my Thesis Advisor.
Since then, I have moved around quite a bit. I have been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago (1986-87) and have held regular teaching positions at UCLA (1987-1990), MEDS at J.L. Kellogg GSM (1990-94) and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (1994-1999). I joined the Faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota in September 1999. In the Fall of 2006, I joined the Economics Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.
Between 1987 and 1999, I have been a Visiting Professor at a few other places. Among which, the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona ( UAB ), the Santa Fe Institute ( SFI ), IMPA in Rio de Janeiro (IMPA ), ITAM in Mexico DF ( ITAM ), the University of Pennsylvania ( UPenn ), the University of Chicago ( UofC ), the University of Southampton ( Soton ), Arizona State University ASU ) and UCLA ( UCLA ).
My research concentrates on the development and use of Dynamic General Equilibrium models. Substantive areas of research in which I have found the DGE viewpoint valuable are: optimal growth and turnpike theory; the application of chaotic models to economic dynamics; search theory; growth and development; asset pricing and the business cycles; the theory of innovation; public economics and the intergenerational welfare state; the determinants of credit risk; the study of demographic behavior; the theory of industrial organization and of intellectural property rights. More, hopefully, will be added in the future ...