CECCARELLI Giovanni Marcello

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Giovanni Ceccarelli is Full Professor of Economic History at the State University of Milano. His research interests include the history of risk and risk-management, economic thought and culture in the Renaissance, history of food and marketing during the 19th century globalization.  Former fellow at Princeton University and visiting professor at EHESS-Paris, he is currently Senior visiting fellow at the University of Exeter.

Giovanni Ceccarelli is Full professor of Economic history at the State University of Milano. Previously he tought at the Università degli studi di Parma from 2005 to 2023. Former Davis Fellow at Princeton University, Professeur invité at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Farfel Fellow at the Huntington Library of Pasadena and Senior visiting fellow at the University of Exeter, is currently Chercheur associé at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne.

He has graduated in History from the Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari (1997), and completed his Ph.D. in Economic History at the Università Bocconi of Milano (2001). He has been granted a one-year scholarship by the Centro Studi sul credito of Asti (2002), and a two-year post-doctorate grant at the History Department of the University of Padova (2003). In 2005 he was appointed Junior lecturer (Ricercatore), and later (2015) Associate professor at the Università degli studi di Parma.
He took part to several investigations funded by the European Research Council and the Italian Ministry of University and is currently involved in a project financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (PI S. Go), as well as Principal Investigator of the PRIN research project Under Uncertainty. Coping with Risks in the Mediterranean Maritime Business (Italy, 16th-19th centuries).

His research interests include: early modern commerce and finance, with a special focus on risk-management contracts; late medieval economic thought; food and retail history with a specific interest on typical products, and food marketing in the 19th century.
On these topics he has authored three books (Risky Markets, Brill 2020; Il gioco e il peccato, Il Mulino 2003; Un mercato del rischio, Marsilio 2012) and co-edited a collection of essays (Typicality in History, Peter Lang, 2013). He has published over 50 articles and book chapters in Italian, French, English, and German. He has participated with invited papers to conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad, including major academic institutions like: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, London School of Economics, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, École Normale Supérieure, École des hautes études en sciences sociales.

On line office hours: flexible, but to be scheduled in advance via email.

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2023/2024

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014

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Risky Business: pricing, governance, and integration in European insurance markets, c. 1400- c. 1870. This project aims to advance through collaboration the historical study of marine insurance and its institutions of governance. It will unite leading academics studying the topic in the Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Italy (Università degli studi di Parma), and the United Kingdom (University of Cambridge). The network will create and compile a multinational, public database of recorded marine insurance prices from the earliest records (c. 15th century) to c. 1870 by bringing together existing private databases (data already compiled which otherwise may be lost), and adding new data gathered from primary sources in various international archives. Funding: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek. Duration: Dec 2018-Mar 2022. Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries). This project focuses on the historical analysis of institutions and their impact on economic development through the investigation of a legal instrument – general average (GA) – which underpins maritime trade by redistributing damages’ costs across all interested parties. This will be pursued through the comparative investigation of GA in those European countries where substantial data exists: Italy, Spain, England, France and the Low Countries (1500-1800). Average and insurance were both created in the Middle Ages to facilitate trade through the redistribution of risk. Insurance has been widely studied, average – the expenses which can befall ships and cargoes from the time of their loading aboard until their unloading (due to accidents, jettison, and unexpected costs) – has been neglected. GA still plays an essential role in the redistribution of transaction costs, and being a form of strictly mutual self-protection, never evolved into a speculative financial instrument as insurance did; it therefore represents an excellent case of long-term effectiveness of a non-market economic phenomenon. Although the principle behind GA was very similar across Europe, in practice there were substantial differences in declaring and adjudicating claims. GA reports provide unparalleled evidence on maritime trade which, analysed quantitatively and quantitatively through a novel interdisciplinary approach, will contribute to the reassessment of the role played by the maritime sector in fostering economic growth during the early modern first globalization, when GA was the object of fierce debates on state jurisdiction and standardization of practice. Today they are regulated by the York-Antwerp Rules (YAR), currently under revision. This timely conjuncture provides plenty of opportunities for active engagement with practitioners, thereby fostering a creative dialogue on GA historical study and its future development to better face the challenges of mature globalization. Funding: European Commission. Duration: Jul 2017-Dec 2022.



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