School of Advanced Studies in the Reappraisal of the Surplus Approach

6-14 July 2018

Objective of the School:
The School's purpose is to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the surplus approach as taken up and developed by Piero Sraffa and subsequent authors. Participants will therefore be introduced to the analyses of the Classical economists and to the modern research conducted within the reappraisal of their theoretical framework. The activity will embrace different topics, ranging from the theory of value and distribution to the study of economic growth, also dealing with applied analyses and policy issues.
In addition, the School aims to stinulate participants into developing their own research by fostering contacts and scientific exchange between young researchers and expert scholars. To this purpose, a selected number of papers by young scholars will be presented and discussed in a specific session.

Organizing Committee:
Roberto Ciccone, Saverio M. Fratini, E. Sergio Levrero, Antonella Palumbo, Daria Pignalosa, Antonella Stirati, Paolo Trabucchi, Attilio Trezzini.

Organization of the School:
The activity is organized at two intertwined levels: lectures designed for a post graduated audience will be held in the morning, and afternoon sessions will be devoted to seminars at a more advanced level on topics that may suggest research subjects for young scholars. In addition, a specific session will be dedicated to presentations by young participants, which will be commented by a discussant chosen among the senior scholars, and followed by a general discussion open to floor.
The lectures will introduce participants to the foundations of the main lines of research within the modern revival of Classical theory and are organized in four modules:
- Classical Theory and Marginalist (or Neoclassical) Theory: Their Different Analytical Structures (Introductory Module);
- The Critique of Neoclassical Theory (Module A);
- The Surplus Approach to Value and Distribution (Module B);
- The Classical-Keynesian Approach to Output Determination and Economic Growth (Module C).

The Summer School welcomes applications by PhD students at any stage of their PhD as well as post-doc researchers. Candidatures by undergraduate and Master students will be considered only if their profile is exceptionally strong.
If you would like to attend the School, please fill in the application form and send it to, together with a CV, no later than May 15th. The organizing committee will decide on applications by May 27th. However, those who apply before April 28th will be informed on their admittance by May 6th. The notification of acceptance will include payment instructions for registration.
The registration fee is 120€ and includes teaching materials and lunches. Please note that travel and accommodation costs are not included.
Centro Sraffa grants scholarships for a small number of participants, who will be awarded free Summer School registration as well as, if possible, a lump sum contribution to travel and staying expenses. In order to be eligible, the applicant is required to indicate the request in the application form.

Young scholars’ presentations
Prospective participants wishing to present a contribution on any of the School themes are invited to send an abstract to no later than May 15th. Abstracts (600-1000 words) should be written in English and include the following information: author’ s name, email address, and affiliation. Proposals will be reviewed by the Summer School Scientific Committee and, by May 27th, all the applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection process. Following notification of acceptance, you will be invited to submit the full paper. The deadline for full paper submissions is June 23rd.

Single and double rooms are available, at special prices for the students of the Summer School, at Villa Benedetta.
First best served policy applies.
Rates for 9 nights (from July 5th to 13th) are the following:
Single room (with external private toilet): 275€
Single (larger) room (with internal toilet): 383€
Double room (with internal toilet): 342€
Prices must be intended per person, including city taxes and breakfast.

Important dates:
Deadline for early application: April 28th
Deadline for late application and abstract submission: May 15th
Notification of acceptance for early applications: May 6th
Notification of acceptance for late applications and presentation proposals: May 27th
Deadline for full paper submission: June 23rd

Please find more information, included the provisional programme of the School, in the Call for applications.
Queries on application and funding should be addressed to