Giovanni Andrea Cornia

University of Florence, Italy

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Current position

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Management (formerly Faculty of Economics), University of Florence, Italy

Research interest

Income and asset inequality, poverty, growth, child well-being, human development and mortality crises, transition economics, and institutional economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant (2010) on inequality policies to the Argentinean government (Ministry of Labour), Co-Director (2015–2006) of a UNDP study on Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa

Past positions

Director of the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU/WIDER) based in Helsinki (Aug. 1995–Dec. 1999); Director of the Economic and Social Policy Research Programme at the now renamed Innocenti Research Centre (the worldwide research centre of Unicef), Florence, Italy (Sept. 1988–Aug. 1995); Chief Economist, UNICEF Headquarters, New York (Oct. 1981–Aug. 1988)


Laurea Degree (MSc) Economics, University of Bologna, 1970; Laurea Degree Statistics (MSc), University of Bologna, 1975

Selected publications

  • Adjustment with a Human Face: Protecting the Vulnerable and Promoting Growth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987 (with R. Jolly and F. Stewart).The Mortality Crisis of Transitional Economies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000 (with Renato Paniccià).Pro-Poor Macroeconomics: Potential and Limitations. London: Palgrave, 2006.Falling Inequality in Latin America: Policy Changes and Lessons. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.Towards Human Development: New Approaches to Macroeconomics and Inequality (a volume in honour of Professor Sir Richard Jolly). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 (with F. Stewart).