My research spans several areas, mostly in macroeconomics. My main interest is the interaction between economic growth and technical change on the one hand, and income distribution on the other. I think that class (and gender, and race) matters, and so the models I have developed -both by myself and with coauthors- typically feature economies characterized by different classes of agents. I also think that economic growth and business cycles are intimately connected, and so most of my papers develop models of cyclical growth. These frameworks, while building on insights by Classical Political Economists such as Smith, Ricardo, and Marx, are meant to enter the policy debate about the interaction between income distribution, employment, and technological progress in advanced capitalist economies such as the United States or countries in the European Union. I also wrote papers falling broadly within the post-Keynesian tradition, which address the role played by effective demand in shaping macroeconomic performance.
My teaching covers undergraduate macro courses, as well as PhD-level classes. I teach Principles of Macro, Intermediate Macro, and Macroeconomic Policy to undergrads at CSU. A big feature of these classes is the constant connection to current events and policy debates. I currently also teach graduate classes: Macroeconomic Analysis II, which focuses on theories and applications regarding (broadly) economic growth, income distribution, and unemployment, and a course I designed, called Heterodox Approaches to Economics, that is unique among the current Economics PhD course offerings. The class is an overview of non-standard micro and macro theories, treated from a rigorously mathematical standpoint. I occasionally teach Microeconomic Analysis I, which covers consumer theory, producer theory, general equilibrium, and elements of welfare economics.
Since 2004, I can call myself the husband of the amazingly talented Silvia Minguzzi. We have one child, Luca, born in 2014, who makes us laugh.