Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance

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Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance
founded in the year 2008
acronym EIEF
City Rome
Country Italy
Website http://www.eief.it
address Via Sallustiana, 62, 00187 Roma
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Austerity politics
Last revision 9.06.2015
Output of Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance 2023
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»The Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) is a new research institute, funded by the Bank of Italy. The Institute builds on the tradition of its predecessor, the Ente Luigi Einaudi, that has fostered economic research in Italy for the past fifty years.
EIEF aims to produce world-class research in economics and finance, to generate ideas that can be useful in the policy debate, and to create an environment that can help reverse Italy’s “brain drain”, both by attracting foreign scholars and by inducing the best Italian scholars trained abroad to come back to Italy.«[1]

Organizational Structure and Funding

A board of five members oversees the work of the institute, two of which represent the Bank of Italy and three contribute to its academic standing as economists of renown.


Via Sallustiana, 62, 00187 Roma


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.

Supervisory board

People supervising the Think Tank (mainly in economic questions).


Experts are not permanently employed at the Think Tank. They are paid for contract research when their expertise is needed. Some Think Tanks call a database of hundred or even more experts their own.


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

Semantic Fields

What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.

  • Limiting public debt (Austerity Politics): postulates the optimality of institutional constraints to electors bias for expansionary budgetary politics[2]