Daniele Tavani

Associate Professor



Born and raised in Rome, I moved to the US in 2005. I earned a PhD in Economics from The New School for Social Research in 2009, and a Dottorato in Economia Politica (PhD, Political Economy) from Sapienza University of Rome, also in 2009. My research focuses on: (i) the linkages between economic growth and income distribution, and in particular the interaction between the labor market, income shares and technological change; (ii) the role of the public sector in economic growth  and income distribution; (iii) the evolution of income distribution in the long run and during economic fluctuations, and recently (iv) the role of social interactions and social multipliers on economic performance.

Together with Harvey Cutler, Martin Shields, and Sammy Zahran, I am an Investigator in the Economics team of a National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) $20 million grant over 5 years instituting a Center of excellence for Risk-based Community Resilience Planning, located at CSU.


First Generation Story

While I am not a first generation college graduate in my family, I am a first generation migrant in the US: I became a US citizen in 2017.


  • ECON 704- Macroeconomic Analysis II


    Second-year graduate course, with a focus on endogenous growth, income distribution and macroeconomics, institutions and economic performance, and modern unemployment theories, treated from a mathematically rigorous standpoint. Strong emphasis on welfare analysis and policy considerations.

  • ECON 705 – Heterodox Approaches to Economics

    First-year grad course focusing on political economy, with an analytical focus. Topics include: growth and distribution in Classical and post-Keynesian frameworks, evolutionary games, coordination failures, institutions.

  • ECON 304 – Intermediate Macroeconomics


    Covers short run fluctuations, medium run adjustments, and long run growth with a strong policy focus.

  • ECON 404 – Macroeconomic Policy


    Covers advanced, contemporary topics in macroeconomic policy with a focus on modeling techniques and data handling. The main goal of the course is to write a research paper about a policymaking event.

  • ECON606 – Microeconomic Analysis I


    First year graduate course in Microeconomic Theory. Covers consumption theory, production theory, expected utility, general equilibrium, and elements of welfare economics.