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.



Growth and Distribution, Second Edition, with Duncan K. Foley and Thomas R. Michl. Harvard University Press, 2019.

Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • A Structuralist Model of the Wage-Price Spiral with Non-Linear Demand Pressure Terms, with Peter Flaschel and Lance Taylor. Chapter 4 in Flaschel, P., and Luchtenberg, S. 2012: Roads to Social Capitalism, Edward Eldgar.
  • The Distributive Cycle with a Non-Linear Wage-Phillips Curve. In Chiarella, C., Flaschel, P., and Semmler, W. (2011): Reconstructing Keynesian Macroeconomics - Part I: Partial Perspectives. Routledge. 


  • Daily Variation in Natural Disaster Casualties: Information Flows, Safety, and Opportunity Costs in Tornado Versus Hurricane Strikes, with Sammy Zahran and Stephan Weiler. In Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Hurricane Flooding Disasters, Risk Analysis Virtual Special Issue, September 2018. 
  • Endogenous Technical Change in Alternative Theories of Growth and Income Distribution, with Luca Zamparelli. Chapter 6 in In Veneziani, R., and Zamparelli, L., eds. (2018): Analytical Political Economy, Wiley.

Working Papers

Non-refereed Journal Articles

  • Le Teorie Economiche Alternative e la Crisi. Critica Marxista No. 3-4, 2011: 51-55 (In Italian).

Popular Writings

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 contemporary micro and macro topics in political economy, with an analytical focus. Micro topics include: institutions, evolutionary games, coordination failures, and rationing in labor and credit markets. Macro topics include: growth and distribution in Classical and post-Keynesian frameworks, endogenous technical change, and the distribution of wealth.

  • 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.