1946-2016 The Institute for International Economics turns its 70!

The Institute for International Economics reaches an important goal: 70 years since its foundation.

The institute for International Economics A department of the Chamber of Commerce in Genova with the aim of coordinating and enhancing research in all areas of international economics.

The Institute for International Economics is a centre for economic studies and researches.

When it was founded in 1946 its main task was to analyze and study the many important issues concerning international trade and its recovery, which – soon after the II world war – was intended as characterized by a new and open trade system. The Institute was also committed in the organization of conferences and meetings.

After 70 years the Institute is still involved in all these activities, whose heart is undoubtedly the publication – since 1948 – of the review Economia Internazionale/International Economics which starting from no. 1 February 2016 will be online and open access.

1946, November 4th - Official opening of the Institute, attended by the Italian President Enrico De Nicola.
1948 – International Congress of Parliamentarians and Experts for the Development of Trade, Palazzo San Giorgio Genova
1952 – Conference: The Economic Issues of European Federation (on the right Francesco Manzitti, President of the Chamber of Commerce)
1952 – Conference: The Economic Issues of European Federation (Luigi Einaudi, President of the Republic).
1963 – Conference: The Place of Europe in the World (delivery of the Medal of the Chamber of Commerce to Wilhelm Ropke)
1965 – Conference: Economic Planning: the French Experience (Jean Ripert – Plan d’equipement de la productivité)
1971 – Conference: The Capitalist Socialism of Ota Sik (Ota Sik)
1972 – Conference: Contemporary Capitalism and Unequal Growth (J.K. Galbraith)
1983 – Conference: European Common Market: A 25 year Balance with Particular Regard to Italian Economy
1983 – National Monetary Conference
2005 – Conference: The Challenges of Europe (Mario Monti).
2008 – Plaque sent by the President of the Republic on occasion of the 60th anniversary of the review Economia Internazionale/International Economics
2013 – Conference of the Permanent Observatory on the Mediterranean Economies: North African Countries between Political Instability and Economic Opportunities
2015 – Conference: Corruption and the Global Economy
2016 – Conference: Social Forces and Economic Resources in the European Union. In Remembrance of Bruno Minoletti
2016 – Conference: Mediterranean, A Sea from North Africa to Middle East (from left: Professor Gerges, Professor Abdolmohammadi)
2016 – Conference: Civil Wars, What we do (not) Know (Professor Ruggeri)
2016 – Conference: From the Economic Miracle to Decline. Internationalisation, an Opportunity for Economic Growth
2017 – Conference: The Future of Europe. Social and Economic Perspectives
2017 – Conference: The Future of Europe. Social and Economic Perspectives
2017 – Conference: The Future of Europe. Social and Economic Perspectives

The History

The Institute was born in 1945 on the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce, then led by President Francesco Manzitti, and of the University of Genoa. The Institute officially opened on 4th November 1946 in front of the President of Italian Republic, Enrico de Nicola, and the highest political and economics authorities of the country.

The Institute has always been involved in the organization of important events like the International congress of parliamentarians and experts for the development of international trade in 1948. This Congress was attended by almost thousand delegates and experts from 50 countries. After the devastation of II World War this international conference represented a fundamental opportunity for debates and exchange of ideas on issues concerning international trade and its recovery, to be inspired to a new trading system able to reduce economic imbalances among countries.

In the following years, the Institute went on promoting and organizing international meetings and conferences of prominent scholars or important personalities of the economic world, as Wilhelm Röpke (1963), Ota Sik (1971), John Kenneth Galbraith (1972), until Mario Monti (2005).

In 2008 the Permanent Observatory of Southern Mediterranean Economies was set up as a tool with scientific and operational value in the business community. From 2008 to 2014 the results of the Observatory research work were introduced during the annual conferences of the Institute.

The event organized by the Institute in 2015 had corruption and its repercussions on the international economy as its topics.

During 2016 on occasion of the 70th anniversary since its foundation, the Institute for International Economics organized four celebratory events starting in February with an historical conference in remembrance of Bruno Minoletti, to then address more recent issues such as the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, the causes and consequences of civil wars, and lastly end with a discussion panel on 13 October 2016 during which the annual Chamber of Commerce Prize Award took place.

The 2017 annual meeting of the Institute for International Economics - “The future of Europe. Economic and social perspectives” - was opened by Cardinal Bagnasco, the Bishop of Genova and President of European Episcopal conferences, who delivered the initial speech.

Observatory on Southern Mediterranean Economies

In 2008 the Chamber of Commerce of Genoa founded the Observatory on the Economies of the Mediterranean.

It was presented to firms and academics at a conference held on 21st November 2008 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the review Economia Internazionale/International Economics, with the participation of the Italian Minister for Economic Development. The goal of the Observatory is not to point the way to possible business opportunities but, more significantly and with a more long-term approach, to evaluate the prospects for economies in question (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) and carry out country-risk analyses on the basis of both macroeconomic indicators identified ad hoc and more qualitative observations on the business environment of each country.

In the last years the annual conference of the Institute for International Economics was dedicated to Mediterranean.

Available Conference Reports:

21/11/2008
NEW PROSPECTS FOR INTERNATIONALISATION

23/11/2009
PROSPECTS FOR INTERNATIONALISATION 2010

26/11/2010
PROSPECTS FOR INTERNATIONALISATION 2011

25/11/2011
GLOBAL CRISIS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

30/11/2012
NEW DIRECTIONS FOR MEDITERRANEAN ECONOMIES

14/11/2013
NORTH AFRICA: A REGION OF CONTRAST BETWEEN POLITICAL INSTABILITY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

14/11/2014
THE MEDITERRANEAN - OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES AND THE PRIORITIES FOR EUROPE AND ITALY