Daniele Tavani




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, Economics) from Sapienza University of Rome, also in 2009. My research focuses on: (i) economic growth and the distribution of income and wealth; (ii) the interaction between labor market institutions, income distribution and technological change; (iii) the role of the public sector in long-run policy and its distributional effects; (iv) social interactions, social multipliers and economic performance. Recently, I realized that my research provides a fruitful framework to understand the so-called "secular stagnation," and I have been working on this topic over the last few years.

I am a coauthor of Growth and Distribution, Second Edition (Harvard University Press, 2019). My research articles have been published in journals such as Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Surveys, Feminist Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, just to name a few. You can scroll down below for a list of my publications.

I am also Associate Editor for the Review of Social Economy, the Journal of Economic Surveys,  the Review of Keynesian Economics, and the Review of Political Economy. 



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 immigrant to the US: I became a US citizen in 2017.


  • ECON 704- Macroeconomic Analysis II


    Second-year graduate course in macro theory, 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.

  • ECON792A – Theory Seminar – Macro & Distribution


    Advanced PhD Seminar class focusing on the interaction between macroeconomic variables, income and wealth distribution. Topics include technical change, aggregate demand, and the long-run distribution of wealth.

  • 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.