Paolo Leon was the principal founder and promoter of CLES.

Paolo Leon was an authoritative Keynesian school economist who trained at the University of Rome and Cambridge, a senior expert on behalf of numerous national and international bodies and institutions such as the World Bank, and was a consultant to governments and ministers throughout his life. He contributed to founding the University of Roma Tre where he taught public economics and economics of culture since the mid-90s.

Paolo Leon left a profound mark on those who, after him, gave life to CLES which has now reached and exceeded 40 years of active life, also influencing those who worked there and it’s countless clients.

CLES wishes to remember with concrete acts it’s intellectual heritage, which is still alive in the production and dissemination activities of the company’s research and consultancy actvities. To this end, every year, starting from 2019, together with the Centro Sraffa Foundation of the University of Roma Tre, CLES finances an award given to university students for the best master’s degree thesis on topics and themes that Paolo Leon worked on during all his life.­

Premio Paolo Leon 2023

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The Commission appointed by the promoting organization Cles and the Sraffa Center, responsible for the event’s organization, has concluded the evaluation of the submissions for the 2022 edition. They have awarded the Paolo Leon Prize to Nicolò Geri, who graduated from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa with a thesis titled “Power and Knowledge in the European Occupational Structure.” The thesis was supervised by Professor Giovanni Dosi as the main advisor and co-supervised by Maria Enrica Virgillito.

The Prize, named in memory of Paolo Leon, co-founder of the Research and Study Center on Labor Issues (CLES), is intended for master’s graduates in economic disciplines from Italian universities who have conducted a theoretical or applied thesis in the fields of political economy, economic policy, public economics, industrial economics, applied economics, urban and regional economics, cultural economics, labor economics, education, and training.

In the comparative evaluation, the Commission deemed Nicolò Geri’s thesis the most interesting and, at the same time, the most consistent with the scientific profile of Paolo Leon among the submissions. However, special mention was also given to the works proposed by Davide Beccia, Davide Usula, and Elisa Flori, as they were considered particularly noteworthy.

In this fourth edition of the award named after the renowned economist, a graduate from Pisa is being honored, following previous awards given to graduates from Bologna, Roma Tre, and La Sapienza. This emphasizes the independent and “geopolitical” equity of the criteria that have guided the award’s selection over the years, which includes a financial contribution provided by CLES.

WINNER dott. Nicolò Geri
MENTION Davide Beccia, Davide Usula, Elisa Flori
WINNER Valerio Tati - Francesca Subioli
MENTION Luca Tavella, Damiano Di Francesco, Federica Agostinelli
WINNER Riccardo Zolea
MENTION Edoardo Santorini, Lorenzo Spadavecchia
WINNER Lorenzo Cresti