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Francesca Carnevali Prize

The Francesca Carnevali Prize is awarded to the best Bachelor and Master of Science thesis in economic history. In its first meeting, ASE decided to dedicate this prize for young economic historians to the memory of Francesca Carnevali (1964-2013). The prize is awarded during ASE Annual Meeting.

Theses completed in any University during the period 16 August 2022 – 31 August 2023 are eligible. The winner is selected by a committee composed by members of ASE, and receives a €500 cash prize. This year the awarding committee includes: Andrea Colli (Bocconi University), Paolo Di Martino (University of Turin), and Giulia Mancini (University of Sassari).

Deadline for submission: September 1, 2024.


To be eligible, the Bachelor or Master of Science thesis must be in English or Italian, and must, in whole or in substantial part, treat aspects of economic history of any period from classical antiquity to the present. Authors need not be members of the Associazione per la Storia Economica. The date of graduation of the candidate determines eligibility.

Candidates submitting their dissertation should send a digital copy, along with their CV, to indicating in the Subject field (“F. Carnevali prize”). It is also possible to send the digital copy of the thesis as a dropbox or google drive link if this is more convenient.

Previous editions

  • 2018: Giacomo Gabbuti, University of Oxford - A Noi! Economic Inequality and the Political Economy of Italian Fascism. Committee: Paolo Di Martino, Emanuele Felice, Anna Missiaia.

  • 2020: Caterina Alfonzo, Bocconi University - Be Sicilians. The legacy of feudalism on today’s social capital. Committee: Anna Missiaia, Alessandro Nuvolari, Vera Zamagni.

  • 2021: Dario Chiaiese, University of Pisa - A Dark Descent: a reconstruction of Italy’s Value-Added at Provincial Level, 1871-1911. Committee: Carlo Ciccarelli, Mauro Rota, Vera Zamagni.

  • 2022: Michele Bolla, Bocconi University - “Everyone is faced with the same present”. Income inequality in the Roman Empire, 165 AD: a provincial-level approach. Committee: Gabriele Cappelli, Carlo Ciccarelli, Valeria Pinchera.

  • 2023: Robert Duncan Mitchell, Newcastle University - Re-thinking Wage Determination: Quantifying the wage effects of self-restriction in the mid-nineteenth century Northern Coalfield. Committee: Gabriele Cappelli, Andrea Colli, Maria Carmela Schisani.

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