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The interaction between economic growth and distribution was the hallmark of classical economic theorizing. After the Second World War this theme experienced a revival, especially within the post-Keynesian and Classical/Marxian schools. With the development of the "new growth theory", starting in the mid 1980s distribution and growth has become the subject of intensive research.

In the recent literature growth and distribution is a lens through which we can investigate the complex interplay of the factors explaining the nature and causes of the wealth of nations: population growth; structural change: technological progress; and physical, social, and human capital accumulation.

The goal of this Conference is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of different approaches to the issues of growth and distribution, and their theoretical, empirical, historical and methodological implications.

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Conference topics will include, but are not limited to:


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A combination of invited and submitted papers will be chosen for the final program, which will also include panel discussions. Submissions of whole sessions are welcome. The submissions will be reviewed by a Scientific Committee consisting of:

It is planned to publish selections of papers in special issues of the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, the Journal of Economic Growth, and in Metroeconomica and a larger selection in a volume with a major publisher. Papers that will be published in a special issue of a journal will meet the standards of that journal. All papers will be made available on the Internet until the end of the Conference.

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Submission of a 1-2 page abstract (if possible, jointly with the whole paper) should be sent by email to submissions@ec.unipi.it, in pdf or in word format, before . Authors will receive notification of acceptance by . The whole papers are to be sent by e-mail within .

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The Conference fees of 200 will cover all meals (two dinners, two lunches, four coffee-breaks) and printed material. They might also cover accommodation for a number of nights for Ph.D. students and scholars coming from selected countries. All participants will be required to provide for their own expenses; details on accommodation opportunities will be provided.

The Conference will be held in Lucca or in Pisa. Further information will be available soon.

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