Claudio De Vincenti is Professor of Economics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and Senior Fellow at the LUISS School of European Political Economy. His main fields of research are: Competition and Market Regulation, Macroeconomic Theory, Economic Policy and Public Economics. He was the Director of PhD Programme in Economics of the University “La Sapienza” and currently is Member of the Scientific Council of the LUISS School of European Political Economy. He is the author of several books on macroeconomic theory, regulation theory and practice, regional growth, and has published a number of articles in Italian and international journals. He held government appointments as Undersecretary and Vice-Minister to the Ministry of Economic Development, Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Minister for the Territorial Cohesion and the South of Italy. Previously he held several other institutional assignments at national level.