I have a Degree in Economics and Commerce, a PhD in Philosophy of Law (University of Padova, Italy) and I am a Habilitated Associate Professor both in Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy since 2013.

I am currently Research Affiliate at the Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Turin (Italy); Visiting professor at University Lyon 2 (France), Contract professor of “Justice and Economy”“Humanomics: Ethics and Economics”“Humanomics: Philosophy and Economics”“Economics of Education and Human Capital” (University of Turin, Italy); “E-commerce and Tax Justice” (LUISS University, Rome, Italy); “State, Institutions, Economy” (Lyon 2, France).

My current research interests lie at the intersection of History and Philosophy of Economics, Legal and Political Philosophy, with a specific focus on: tax justice; freedom and liberalism; reciprocity and gift-giving in fiscal and social contract; Institutional Economics and gift; Institutionalised solidarity vs spontaneous solidarity; Percentage Philanthropy Institutions; value Judgements and normativity in Economics and in Law & Economics; Italian tradition in public finance.

I held Visiting positions at: Cornell University as “Luigi Einaudi” Chair Holder (2011), Mario Einaudi Center (2014), Cornell Law School (USA – 2015); Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg (Germany – 2015); Department of Government, LSE (UK – 2015); Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg as Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union and Guest Professor (Germany – 2017-18); Triangle UMR 5206 – CNRS/ENS de Lyon, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France – 2020).

From 2012 to 2018 I was also Coordinator of the Cornell-in-Turin Study Abroad Programme (Cornell University, USA), where I also taught Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) modules.

Among my honours and prizes: the STOREP grant Award 2016 for the research project “Theories of tax justice: between exchange and gift”; the Marie Curie Fellowship for the research project “Anthropology of Taxation. Enquiry into the Human Foundations of Fiscal Democracy” (2017-18); Honorary "Fair Inheritance" Fellowship, Hoover Chair, Catholic University of Louvain (2020-21).

I am member of the Editorial Boards of several journals and editorial series, and member of the scientific committee of the “National Edition of the Works of Luigi Einaudi”.

Among my latest publications:

Books/Critical Editions/Ed. Books and Journal Special Issues

  • Silvestri P., I. Negru, S. Kesting (Eds.), The Gift in the Economy and Society. Perspectives from Institutional Economics and Other Social Sciences, Routledge, London and New York, 2020
  • Silvestri P., I. Negru, S. Kesting (Eds.), “Symposium: On Institutional Analysis and the Gift”, Journal of Institutional Economics, 16, 5, 2020, Cambridge University Press
  • Silvestri P., S. Chiadò, A. Lo Presti, Il dono del 5x1000. Sussidiarietà fiscale e Terzo settore [The gift of 5x1000. Fiscal subsidiarity and Third sector], Quaderni della Fondazione CRC, 39, 1/2020, 130pp.
  • Silvestri P. (Ed.), “Economics, Law, Humanities: Homo-what?”, Teoria e critica della regolazione sociale, 2/2019, Mimesis
  • Silvestri P. (ed.), L. Einaudi, On Abstract and Historical Hypotheses and on Value judgments in Economic Sciences, Critical edition with an Introduction and Afterword by Paolo Silvestri, Routledge (Series in History of Economics), London - New York, 2017. DOI: 10.4324/9781315457932

 Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Silvestri P., “Percentage Tax Designation Institutions. On Sugden’s Contractarian Account”, International Review of Economics (submitted and accepted)
  • Silvestri P., Kesting S., “An Institutional Economics of Gift?”, Journal of Economic Issues (submitted and accepted, estimated date of publication: December 2021)
  • Silvestri P., I. Negru, S. Kesting, “Institutional Analysis and the Gift: An Introduction to the Symposium”, Journal of Institutional Economics, 2020, pp. 1-10, published on line. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744137420000223
  • Silvestri P., “The All too Human Welfare State. Freedom Between Gift and Corruption”, Teoria e critica della regolazione sociale, 2/2019, pp. 123-145. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476007
  • Silvestri P., “On the (Methodological) Future of Law and Economics. The Uneasy Burden of Value Judgments and Normativity”, Global Jurist, 2019 (3), pp. 1-17. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/gj-2019-0026

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