Finance and the Real Economy

Graduate students are invited to apply for the Sixth Summer School to be held in Venice, 4-9 September 2006, on the topic Finance and the Real Economy. The Summer seminar consists of a week-long intensive international workshop held by internationally renowned experts and provides a forum for discussion of key issues and work in progress in financial history. The following key speakers have been invited to the 2006 edition:
Juan Flores (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid), Roberto Frenkel (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), Joost Jonker (Universiteit Utrecht), Ronald C. Michie (University of Durham), Matthias Morys (Oxford University), Hans-Joachim Voth (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona).

Aim and Contents

The 2006 Summer Seminar is an intensive course which is designed to document and discuss how financial strategies affecteconomic growth and the role of finance in directing economic activities. Lecturers will present significant case studies from a wide range of historical and geographical backgrounds discussing examples of successful interplay as well as episodes of ineffective allocation of financial resources.


Lectures will be held by international scholars. Main topics will be analysed in greater detail and discussed in the group. Student participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research in special sessions.
Pre-session materials and reading suggestions will be made available to those enrolled in the program. All sessions will be conducted in English and proficiency in spoken and written English is expected.

The Department of Economics of the University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari” will host this year event in its facilities located in Cannaregio, 873 S. Giobbe.

Getting to the department.

Student and lecturers will reside at Residenza junghans.

Application and Selection

The Summer Seminar is open to 15 graduate students with a strong background in economics and history.

To be admitted, applicants are required to either send or e-mail the following documentation:

  • application form (download file rtf)
  • curriculum vitae
  • one letter of recommendation

Deadline: 16 June 2006

Early applications are encouraged.


The registration fee is € 400. The fee includes participation in the course, full accommodation (single or double room) and meals during weekdays. Travel expenses have to be covered by the participants. Two scholarships covering the registration fee of € 400 will be awarded to two outstanding candidates. Priority will be given to students coming from distant and/or disadvantaged countries.

The program is organised by the Department of Economics of the Università di Venezia "Ca' Foscari", by the Department of Economics of the Università di Trento, by the Faculty of Economics in Forlì of the Università di Bologna and by the Université de Genève, the European Association for Banking History.

Organizing Committee

Mauro Carboni, Youssef Cassis, Giorgio Fodor, Luciano Pezzolo, Giuseppe Tattara.