School of Advanced Studies in the Reappraisal of the Surplus Approach

17-22 July 2023 Roma Tre University, Scuola di Economia e Studi Aziendali

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 stimulate 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 specific sessions.

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

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 curriculum vitae by May 22nd. Applications received after this date will be taken into consideration but the applicants will not be considered as candidates for the young scholars’ session nor for receiving financial support. Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 29th.
The registration fee is 120€ and includes teaching materials, coffee breaks, and lunches. Please note that travel and accommodation costs are not included.
Centro Sraffa, with the financial support of the Bank of Italy, grants scholarships for a small number of participants, who will be awarded free Summer School registration as well as a contribution to travel and staying expenses. In order to be eligible for financial support, you need to indicate the request in your application form and to send a cover letter which describes why you are interested in attending the Summer School and what makes you suited for it. If you wish, you might also attach a reference letter.

Young scholars' presentations:
Prospective participants wishing to present a contribution on any of the Summer School themes are invited to send an abstract of 500 to 900 words to no later than May 22nd. Abstracts should include bibliographic references and the following information: author’ s name, email address, and affiliation. Proposals will be reviewed by the Summer School Scientific Committee and, by May 29th, 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 29th.

A limited number of rooms are available, at special prices for the students of the Summer School, at Villa Benedetta ( First-come first-served policy applies. Rates for 6 nights (from July 16th to 22nd) are the following:
Single room: 273€
Double room (to be shared with one Summer School’s participant): 261€
Prices must be intended per person, including city taxes and breakfast.

Organization of the School:
The activity is organized at two intertwined levels: lectures designed for a post graduated audience will be accompanied by seminars at a more advanced level on topics that may suggest research subjects for young scholars. In addition, specific sessions will be dedicated to presentations by young participants, which will be 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 and Marginalist (or 'Neoclassical') Approaches to Distribution: Analytical Structures and Methodological Features (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).
On the Centro Sraffa website you can find all information about the first and the second editions of the Summer School.

Important dates:
Deadline for application and abstract submission: May 22nd
Notification of acceptance for applications and presentation proposals: May 29th
Deadline for registration: June 19th
Deadline for full paper submission: June 29th