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Gustavo Piga's Mug ShotItalian Economist, Professor of Economics, Department of Business Government Philosophy Studies, University of Rome Tor Vergat, Italy

Main Topics: Political economy, reform of the university system, public procurement, corruption, macroeconomics and public debt management



Profilo Professionale: Gustavo Piga is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he chairs the Master in Procurement Management and the International Master in Public Procurement Management funded by EBRD.

He teaches Micro and Macroeconomics and Economics of Procurement at the BA and Master level.

Moreover, he has been a consultant on procurement reform for various Multilateral and National Organizations.

He has chaired the Italian Procurement Agency for Goods and Services, Consip Ltd., between 2002 and 2005.

He also chairs the web project with the Italian Anti Corruption Authority and is the editor of the Italian oldest scientific journal, the Rivista di Politica Economica, published by Confindustria, the Italian Association of Entrepreneurs.

His fields of expertise are public procurement, corruption, macroeconomics and public debt management.

He is the author of several scientific articles and editor of several books, among which the Handbook of Procurement, Cambridge University Press, with Nicola Dimitri and Giancarlo Spagnolo; Revisiting Keynes: Economic Possibilitites for our Granchildren, MIT Press, with Lorenzo Pecchi. His Derivatives In Public Debt Management, that came out in 2001, revealed the improper use that Europe was allowing of financial instruments to window dress public accounts. His calls for reform were neglected.

He currently daily blogs on with a strong focus on the European crisis while he writes editorials in several Italian papers and appears in several talk shows on national TV



Education Profile:
  • Ph. D. in Economics, Columbia University, 1996
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Rome La Sapienza, 1987



Selected Works: 
  • 2012 and 2015 editor of the book, “The Applied Law and Economics of Public Procurement”, with Steen Treumer (2012) and Tunde Tatrai (2015), Routledge
  • 2008 L'esternalizzazione dei processi gestionali. L'impatto sulle imprese e le prospettive per il sistema Italia, with Corrado Cerruti and Riccardo Pacini, ed. Il Sole 24 Ore Management.
  • 2008 Editor of Economic Possibilities for Our Granchildren, MIT Prewithss,  Lorenzo Pecchi. Among the contributors: Gary Becker, Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Edmund Phelps, Robert Solow, Joe Stiglitz (2011, Italian version, Il XXI° Secolo di Keynes, Luiss University Press)
  • 2006 Editor of Handbook of Public Procurement, Cambridge University Press, with Nicola Dimitri and Giancarlo Spagnolo
  • 2001 Derivatives in Public Debt Management, published by the Council on Foreign Relations and by the International Securities Market Association
  • 2001 Editor of Regole per il Mercato, Milano, Il Sole 24 ore edizioni, with Mario Baldassarri and Giampaolo Galli