Professor of Economic History
Bocconi University

Guido Alfani is a professor of economic history at Bocconi University, Milan (Italy). An economic and social historian and an historical demographer, he has published extensively on inequality and social mobility in the long run, as well as on a range of other topics including the history of famines and epidemics and systems of social alliance. Recent works include The Lion’s Share: Inequality and Rise of the Fiscal State in Preindustrial Europe (2019, with Matteo Di Tullio) and Famine in European History (2017, with Cormac Ó Gráda). From 2012 to 2016, he was the principal investigator of the project EINITE-Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800 (, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Since 2017, he has been the principal investigator of a second ERC project, SMITE-Social Mobility and Inequality across Italy and Europe 1300-1800.

Areas of Expertise


Social Mobility

Economic History

Historical Demography