Maria Pia Paganelli, Ph.D.
- Professor , Economics
I am an enthusiastic teacher, and I bring my passion for learning in the classroom. In my research, I work in the history of economic thought, specializing in the 18th century. My focus is on Adam Smith, David Hume, monetary theories, and the Scottish Enlightenment.
I analyze how self-interest interacts with other motivational drives, with systematic biases, and with the surrounding institutional environment. I also explore the links between the Scottish Enlightenment and the results from behavioral economics, evolutionary biology, and neuroeconomics.
I regularly publish in History of Political Economy (HOPE), The Journal of the History of Economic Thought (JHET), and History of Economic Ideas (HEI). I wrote the Routledge Guidebook of Smith's Wealth of Nations (2020).
The European Society for the History of Economic Thought awarded my HOPE 2008 "The Adam Smith Problem in Reverse: Self-Interest in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, and Theory of Moral Sentiments" the prize of Best Article of Year (2009). I was the book review editor for the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, the vice-president of the History of Economics Society, and i am the current president of the International Adam Smith Society.