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About Maria Pia Paganelli

I am an enthusiastic teacher, and I bring my passion for learning in the classroom. In my research, I work in the history of economic thought, specializing in the 18th century. My focus is on Adam Smith, David Hume, monetary theories, and the Scottish Enlightenment.
I analyze how self-interest interacts with other motivational drives, with systematic biases, and with the surrounding institutional environment. I also explore the links between the Scottish Enlightenment and the results from behavioral economics, evolutionary biology, and neuroeconomics.
I regularly publish in History of Political Economy (HOPE), The Journal of the History of Economic Thought (JHET), and History of Economic Ideas (HEI). I am the book review editor of The Journal of the History of Economic Thought.
The European Society for the History of Economic Thought awarded my HOPE 2008 "The Adam Smith Problem in Reverse: Self-Interest in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, and Theory of Moral Sentiments" the prize of Best Article of Year (2009).


Present Professor, Economics, Trinity University Department of Economics

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • "Best of the Best" Award, Spring 2020


  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Economic Analysis of the Law
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

Books (3)

Articles (31)