Walter Paternesi Meloni

Walter Paternesi Meloni is an applied economist. Most of his research can be traced back to two fields of investigation. The first relates to the determinants of the main macroeconomic outcomes (output, employment, productivity and distribution) from a demand-led growth perspective. The second is concerned with the sphere of political economy, and in particular with international trade, income inequality and labour market issues in a comparative perspective.

Walter’s academic career started at the Roma Tre University (Department of Economics), where he obtained is PhD in Economics and Quantitative Methods in 2016. In that University he was also post-doctoral research fellow and teaching assistant for the courses of Microeconomics and Economic Policy. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in Economic Policy at the University of Naples ‘Federico II’ (Department of Economics, Management and Institutions). He also taught at the Freie Universitat of Berlin as a Visiting Professor in Political Economy (summer semester 2021). In addition to his academic experience, he has been involved in drafting institutional reports on the Italian economy (INPS - National Social Security Institute, and Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Department for Regional Affairs).

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Long-Term Unemployment Is Reversible

Article | Apr 26, 2021

Contrary to the New Keynesian paradigm, long-term unemployment can be reversed without a significant uptick in inflation

On the Non-Inflationary Effects of Long-Term Unemployment Reductions

Paper Working Paper Series | | Apr 2021

Contrary to the New Keynesian paradigm, long-term unemployment can be reversed without a significant uptick in inflation

How Important is the Unemployment Rate for the Wage Rate?

Article | Sep 28, 2020

Persistent changes in unemployment have lasting consequences for income distribution

Unemployment and Income Distribution: Some Extensions of Shaikh’s Analysis

Paper Working Paper Series | | Sep 2020

Our findings confirm the existence of a negative relationship between labor market slack and the wage share, and we find no tendency to return to a ‘normal’ unemployment rate associated with a stable wage share.

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INET Working Paper on the non-inflationary effects of unemployment reductions is cited in The Worker

News May 17, 2021

“Among those contributions, recent works highlight the deep, radical revision of axioms considered cystic: that hysteresis, the permanence of high unemployment rates over time, is a basic condition to keep inflation under control. Professors Walter Paternesi, Davide Roamniello and Antonella Stirati have empirically demonstrated that this thesis is not permanent and that long-term unemployment can be reversed without a significant spike in inflation ( papers / on-the-non-inflationary-effects-of-long-term-unemployment-reductions). Another flagship of themainstream that can fall apart.” — Carles Manera, The Worker


From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time

Event Plenary | Oct 21–23, 2017

INET gathered hundreds of new economic thinkers in Edinburgh to discuss the past, present, and future of the economics profession.