Online Events

Tommaso Monacelli 

The European Commission has proposed a €750 billion recovery fund that is targeted not just at combating the crisis caused by COVID-19, but also at renewing the European project. How will it work? What differences are there with the ESM? Will it be the first step towards the construction of fiscal union? We discuss the issues with Tommaso Monacelli, Professor of Monetary Economics and an editor of

Mon 15/06/2020, 09:00

Kiersten  Strombotne

What economic research tells us about the factors behind obesity all over the world. The implications of the results on economic policy: how to improve the health of the population and contain healthcare costs in the light of these results.
uring the period of quarantine, the population was split in two: there were those dieting and those queueing up for charity food handouts. In what way is food the sign of a sick society?

Sun 14/06/2020, 10:00

Esther Duflo

First in 2007 and then in 2011, the French economist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2019, gave two lectures in Trento on the subject that was to lead to her winning the illustrious prize 8 years later. In the lecture that we present, Esther Duflo illustrates the first results of her approach to combating poverty, based on scientific rigour and careful experimentation in the field.

Sat 13/06/2020, 10:00

Marco Onado

The film based on John Steinbeck’s book is considered the manifesto of the American New Deal, namely the programme enacted by Roosevelt allowing the USA to recover from the Great Depression. Coming out in 1940, it appears astonishingly topical, allowing us to look at the economic disaster caused by the pandemic from a different viewpoint and to think about solutions for emerging on the other side.

Fri 12/06/2020, 10:00

Andrea Fracasso, Nadia Urbinati 

After the coronavirus pandemic the economy will inevitably be affected by changes in the political scenario. For this reason, the Director of the School of International Studies at the University of Trento discusses the subject with the political scientist Nadia Urbinati, Professor di Political Theory at Columbia University in New York.

Thu 11/06/2020, 18:00

Tito Boeri, Olivier Blanchard 

The Scientific Director of Trento Festival of Economics converses with one of the most influential and internationally renowned French economists.

Wed 10/06/2020, 18:00

Innocenzo Cipolletta, Luigi Gubitosi

The coordinator of the Editorial Committee of Trento Festival of Economics discusses with Luigi Gubitosi, Managing Director of TIM, the latest innovations regarding smart working, the infrastructures necessary to guarantee everyone access to the web, 5G and the challenges for Italy, which wishes to accelerate its digitization.

Tue 09/06/2020, 17:30

Francesco Daveri

The concept of restarting has taken on a central role in the political narrative following the unprecedented interruption of business and social activities. However, from the economic point of view what does restarting really mean? What indicators can show us if the economy is starting up again? Will it be a fair process? We discuss the issues with Francesco Daveri, Professor of Macroeconomics and Director of the MBA at the SDA Bocconi School of Management.

Mon 08/06/2020, 09:00

Daniel Susskind

In contrast with previous technology, the latest generation of machines equipped with artificial intelligence replaces many creative and manual jobs without creating new ones. Thus the future will probably see less work and more unemployment: how should all the economic and social implications be managed?
Will the effects of coronavirus and the need for social distancing increase the speed with which this transformation changes our way of working or not working? It may be helpful to listen to the Oxford University Professor’s lecture, to ask ourselves about the most effective ways of dealing with technological unemployment.

Sun 07/06/2020, 17:00

Michael Sandel

For some time now, market values have pervaded almost every aspect of our lives: health, education, art, sport, politics etc. Without realising it, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society, distorting personal relations in a very significant manner. How can we protect the moral and civil assets that money cannot buy?


Sat 06/06/2020, 17:00

Tonia Mastrobuoni, Andrea Boitani

The book chosen this week is “The Future of Capitalism” by Paul Collier (Editori Laterza, 2020). New and deep rifts are tearing apart the social fabric of western societies: thriving cities versus poor provinces, highly skilled elites versus the mass of less qualified workers, wealthy countries versus poor countries. Collier shows us why it is necessary to rethink the role of the state, business and the family in an “ethical” manner, to create a future for capitalism that does not leave anyone behind.

Fri 05/06/2020, 18:00

Innocenzo Cipolletta, Giuseppe Laterza, Stefano Mancuso

Discussion with the originators of Trento Festival of Economics and Professor Stefano Mancuso, one of the most internationally famous plant neurobiologists. What can the plant world teach us about how to respond to external shocks? How important are cooperation and clear communication for blocking the diffusion of new dangers in time?

Thu 04/06/2020, 18:00

Tito Boeri, Francesco Giavazzi, Lucrezia Reichlin

Discussion with the Scientific Director of Trento Festival of Economics, Francesco Giavazzi, Full Professor of Political Economy at the Bocconi University, and Lucrezia Reichlin, Professor of Economics at London Business School.

Wed 03/06/2020, 18:00

Zygmut Bauman

The Polish philosopher and sociologist was one of the most illustrious guests at the first edition of the Festival in 2006. We present again his impassioned reflection on the health of Europe 15 years ago. According to Bauman, Europe’s force lay in the fact that it had created institutions aware of the variety of cultures and arts, making us capable of coexisting with others who are different. What would Bauman say if he could see Europe today? To what extent have we been capable of following the directions of the great mentor?

Tue 02/06/2020, 17:00

Michael Marmot

Social injustice is a widespread killer. Indeed, health depends not just on access to care, but on the nature of society. We can and must act. Coronavirus has further highlighted how health is not linked exclusively to access to care, but also to the political, environmental and economic choices of our society. Today we can listen to the lecture by the Professor of Epidemiology at University College in London with a new awareness, asking ourselves questions about the most suitable solutions for preventing social injustice.

Mon 01/06/2020, 17:00


Adair Turner

The impact of automation and artificial intelligence on both developed and developing countries will be much greater than we think, with implications not just for economic policy but also for economic science and the very concept of “economics”.   Has the coronavirus virus accelerated or slowed down the robot economy?

Sun 31/05/2020, 17:00

Alberto Alesina

The huge flow of migrants to Europe in recent times has generated a cultural reaction against immigrants and the feeling that they are taking excessive advantage of the welfare state of richer countries. The discussion is frequently based not on real data but rather on stereotypes and incorrect information, often accentuated by anti-immigration and anti-globalisation parties. We dedicate the first of over 700 archive lectures available at the Festival web site to Prof. Alberto Alesina, who participated at several editions of the Festival (in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2019) and who passed away prematurely on 24 May 2020.

Sat 30/05/2020, 17:00

Tito Boeri, Paolo Gentiloni

With the European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, the Scientific Director of Trento Festival of Economics discusses the new instruments deployed by the European Community to respond to the coronavirus crisis: the ESM, Recovery Fund and the SURE initiative.

Fri 29/05/2020, 18:00

Tito Boeri, Vittorio Colao

With the Company Director and Chairman of the Ec-S Committee of Experts, the Scientific Director of Trento Festival of Economics discusses the strategies to be deployed in Italy to restart the economy, so badly hit by the coronavirus crisis.

Fri 29/05/2020, 19:00

Tito Boeri, Jean Pisani Ferry

coordina: Regina Krieger

The Italian correspondent of Handelsblatt – the leading German newspaper on economics and finance – coordinates a discussion between the Scientific Director of the Festival of Economics and the French economist Jean Pisani-Ferry, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Management at the Hertie School in Berlin. The dialogue will focus on the economic measures deployed in Europe to support the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis.
Fri 29/05/2020, 20:00