Italian Association for the Study of Comparative Economic Systems



AISSEC Officers




The Italian Association for the Study of Comparative Economic Systems (Associazione Italiana per lo Studio dei Sistemi Economici Comparati - AISSEC) was founded in Florence on April 7th, 1984.

AISSEC is a non-profit association whose main purpose is to promote study and research, both theoretical and empirical, in the field of comparative economic systems. To attain its aim the Association organizes conferences and scientific exchanges among its members and with scholars of related fields, stimulates research activities, fosters the publication of scientific works and establishes connections with similar foreign associations.

More recently, the focus of comparative research work has been broadened to the countries belonging to the European Union, to the Transition economies, and to the emerging countries.  AISSEC is affiliated to the Italian Society of Economists (SIE), to which also belong, among the others, the Italian Society of Industrial Economics  (SIEPI), the Italian Society of Labour Economics (AIEL), and the Italian Society of Public Economics  (SIEP).

On October 25 and 26, 1984, the Association held its First Scientific Conference at the University of Turin. The 2nd Conference was held in 1985 at the University of Trento; the 3rd Conference at the University of Siena in 1986; the 4th Conference in Sorrento (Istituto Universitario Orientale of Naples) in 1987; the 5th Conference at the University of Pavia in 1988; the 6th Conference at the University of Urbino in 1989; the 7th Conference at the University of Verona in 1990; the 8th Conference at the University of Trieste in 1991; the 9th Conference was held at the University of Milan in 1993; the 10th Conference was held at the University of Turin in 1995; the 11th Conference was held at the University of Roma "La Sapienza" in 1997; the 12th and 13th Conferences were held at the University Siena in 1999 and in 2001; the 14th Conference was held at the University of Naples in 2003; the 15th Conference was held in Castellammare di Stabia (University of Naples) in 2006; the 16th Conference was held in Parma (University of Parma) in 2007; the 17th Conference (25-27 June, 2009) was held in Perugia (University of Perugia); the 18th Conference (23-24 June 2011) was held in Macerata (University of Macerata); the 19th Conference was held in Trento (23-25 October 2014); the 20th Annual Meeting was held in Milan, at Bocconi University, following the AISSEC Workshop held in Rome at LUISS University on September 30, 2016.

In collaboration with the Turin Centre on Emerging Economies of the University of Turin, AISSEC has organized the Workshop: "Asian emerging economies in the post crisis era: growth trajectories, challenges and perspectives" (Turin, March 12-13, 2015). In collaboration with DISPOC, University of Siena, AISSEC has organized at the Department of Political Science, on March, 20, 2015, the Workshop: "Power without egemony?". As co-founder of the World Comparative Economics Association, AISSEC has taken part with papers and sessions organized by its members in the FIRST WORLD CONGRESS OF COMPARATIVE ECONOMICS, University of Rome 3, Rome, June 25-27, 2015.

Since 1992 the activity of the Association has been subdivided into thematic sections, with the aim to foster scientific debates on the various research fields. At present, the proposed sections are the following:

- Economics and Institutions
- Economics of Developing Countries and Emerging Countries (China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, etc.)
- Economics of Industrialized Countries
- Economics of the European Union and of the candidate countries
- Economics of Transition
- Theoretical and methodological problems of comparative economics

In addition to its national conferences, AISSEC has also organized numerous single-theme international workshops.

During the Urbino Conference, a group of economists from several European countries decided to promote the institution of a European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES). The founding General Assembly and the First Scientific Conference of the EACES were held at the University of Verona on September 27-29, 1990, jointly with the Seventh AISSEC Conference. The X General Conference of EACES was held in Moscow in August 2008. EACES publishes an on-line scientific journal, EJCE (European Journal of Comparative Economics), freely downloadable from the web.


AISSEC Awards for Young Scholars

During the Biennal Scientific Conference the Association assigns awards to the best doctoral or degree dissertations in the fields of comparative economics.

During the AISSEC 2014 conference the prize was awarded to Irene Monasterolo (University of Bologna, Italy), for a doctoral dissertation entitled: Analysing convergence of agricultural and rural areas in the enlarged EU: the case of Hungary.

The AISSEC doctoral prize for 2016 has been awarded during the 57th Annual Conference of the Italian Economic Association held in Milano (University "L. Bocconi") on 20-22 October 2016. Click here to see the Committee"s final decision (in Italian only) to award the prize ex-aequo to Andrea Albanese (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), for his dissertation entitled Employment of young and older workers: three policy evaluations, and to Chiara Assunta Ricci (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), for her dissertation entitled Essays on the middle class.


Officers 2022-2024

Dario Sciulli, G. D'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara

Executive Secretary
Alina Verashchagina, G. D'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara


Pompeo Della Posta, Beijing Normal University

Debora Di Gioacchino, Sapienza University of Rome

Germana Giombini, University of Urbino "Carlo Bo"

Marta Marson, University of Turin

Chiara Mussida, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Antonella Rocca, Parthenope University of Naples

Donatella Saccone, University of Pollenzo

Antonio Savoia, University of Manchester

Elena Vallino, University of Turin

Antonello Zanfei, University of Urbino "Carlo Bo"


Sara Caria, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Roberto Ricciuti, University of Verona

Enzo Valentini, University of Macerata





The Statute of the Association (in Italian) can be consulted and downloaded here.

A norma dell'art.22 dello Statuto, nell'Assemblea Straordinaria dell'AISSEC, che ebbe luogo a Trento il 24 ottobre 2014, sono state discusse ed approvate le seguenti variazioni dello Statuto:


Art.6 Sono soci ordinari di diritto, su loro richiesta scritta, i professori di ruolo ordinari, straordinari o associati, i professori incaricati, gli assistenti e i ricercatori di ruolo di Università italiane (in servizio o in pensione) di discipline economiche e chi ha conseguito un dottorato ad esse afferente. Tali discipline economiche sono quelle elencate nei settori disciplinari SECS-P/01, SECS-P/02, SECS-P/03. L'elenco delle discipline in questione può essere rivisto ed ampliato dall'Assemblea dei soci.



To become a member of the AISSEC it is necessary to pay the biennial membership fee of 50 Euro (regular fee) or 30 Euro (PhD student and Post-Doctoral fellow fee).



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