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Gianni Toniolo, Research Professor Emeritus

Gianni Toniolo

Please note: Gianni has left the "History" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  419 Chapel Drive
Office Phone:  (919) 660-1855
Email Address: send me a message


PhDUniversity of Venice, Italy1966

Global Transnational History
Research Interests: Economic History

Current projects: A benevolent Industrial Revolution? Industrializing during the "first globalization", The gold standard in the periphery: commit or shadow?

Professor Toniolo specializes in the field of European economic history in the 19th and 20th Centuries. He is interested in exploring European economic growth, international monetary cooperation, financial history and distribution of welfare and income over the last two centuries. His latest projects include the titles, “A Benevolent Industrial Revolution?” and “The Gold Standard: Commit or Shadow?” Other titles of his more recent published papers are, “The Global Economy in the 1990s. A Long-run Perspective” with P. Rhode; “Central Banking Cooperation at the Bank for International Settlements;” “The European Economy Between the Wars” with C. Feinstein and P. Temin; and others.

He has also written several books on similar subjects, including Central Bank Cooperation at the Bank for International Settlements, Patterns of European Industrialization: the Nineteenth Century with R. E. Sylla, The Global Economy in the 1990s, A Long-run Perspective, and The European Economy Between the Wars with C. Feinstein and P. Temin.

Professor Toniolo is currently continuing his research on the study of industrialization during the “first globalization,” European economic development from 1800-present, post-unification Italy, and the general history of money, central banking, and financial markets and institutions.

Areas of Interest:

European economic growth 1800 - present
History of money, banking and financial markets.
International monetary cooperation
Welfare and income distribution 1800s to present


Europe 1800-2000 • Italy 1800-2000 • Central banking • Financial institutions • economic history • econometrics • central bank cooperation • Post War Europa • First globalization • income distribution

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Rhode, PW; Toniolo, G, The global economy in the 1990s: A long-run perspective, edited by G. Toniolo and P. Rhode (January, 2006), pp. 1-319, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521852633 [doi]  [abs]
  2. G. Toniolo, Central Bank Cooperation at the Bank for International Settlements (2005), Cambridge University Press, New York
  3. The Emergence of Modern Central Banking from 1918 to the Present, edited by G. Toniolo with C. L. Holtfrerich and J. Reis (1999), Ashgate, Aldershot
  4. G. Toniolo, C. Feinstein, P. Temin, The European Economy Between the Wars (1997), Oxford University Press
  5. Crafts, N; Toniolo, G, Economic growth in Europe since 1945, Economic Growth in Europe Since 1945 (January, 1996), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge  [abs]
  6. G. Toniolo, R.E.Sylla, Patterns of European Industrialization: the Nineteenth Century (1991), Routledge, London
  7. G. Toniolo, An Economic History of Liberal Italy, 1850-1918 (1990), Routledge
  8. G. Toniolo, Central Banks' Independence in Historical Perspective (1988), De Gruyter, Berlin
  9. Toniolo, G; Conte, L; Vecchi, G, Monetary Union, institutions and financial market integration: Italy, 1862-1905, Explorations in Economic History, vol. 40 no. 4 (January, 2003), pp. 443-461, Elsevier BV [doi]  [abs]
  10. Rossi, N; Toniolo, G; Vecchi, G, Is the Kuznets curve still alive? Evidence from Italian household budgets, 1881-1961, Journal of Economic History, vol. 61 no. 4 (January, 2001), pp. 904-925, ISSN 0022-0507 [doi]  [abs]
  11. Toniolo, G; Boltho, A, "The Assessment: The Twentieth Century - Achievements, Failures, Lessons", Oxford Review of Economic Policy, vol. XV no. 4 (Winter, 1999), pp. 1-17  [abs]
  12. Toniolo, G, Europe’s golden age, 1950-73: speculations from a long-run perspective, The Economic History Review, vol. LI no. 2 (1998), pp. 252-267, ISSN 0013-0117
  13. ROSSI, N; TONIOLO, G, Catching up or falling behind? Italy's economic growth, 1895‐1947, The Economic History Review, vol. 45 no. 3 (January, 1992), pp. 537-563, ISSN 0013-0117 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  14. Faini, R; Toniolo, G, Reconsidering Japanese deflation during the 1920s, in Explorations in Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, vol. 29 no. 2 (January, 1992), pp. 121-143, Elsevier BV, ISSN 0014-4983 [doi]  [abs]
  15. Faini, R; Toniolo, G, Deflation reconsidered: Japan in the 1920s, European Economic Review, vol. 34 no. 2-3 (January, 1990), pp. 616-623, Elsevier BV, ISSN 0014-2921 [doi]  [abs]
  16. Toniolo, G; Ciocca, PL, Industry and Finance in Italy 1918-1940, The Journal of European Economic History, vol. XIII (1984), pp. 113-136
  17. Toniolo, G; Costa e, P; Dolcetta, B, The New Scale of the City, Architectural Review, vol. CXLIX no. 891 (May, 1981), pp. 310-312

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