He is Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna (Faculty of Economics) and Adjunct Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center.
He graduated in Economics and Commerce from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan) in 1966, and from 1969 to 1973 he specialized at the University of Oxford (UK) at Linacre College.
His academic and administrative activities range in a variety of directions and since 1997 he is President of the Scientific Committee of AICCON (Italian Association for Cooperative Culture and Non Profit Organizations) and president of the National Observatory for Family Policies, Rome.
He have many honors, recognitions and memberships in academies. They are remembered, among others: in 1989 he was the winner of the St. Vincent Award for the economy; since 1991 he has been a consultor of the Pontifical Council of “Iustitia et Pax”, Vatican City and in 1994-1995 he was a member of the Commitment Committee of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Since 1999 he is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, New York. Since 2013 he is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
In 2010 he was awarded the Giorgio La Pira Peace Prize.
In 2013 he won the first international prize “Economics and Society” of the Centesimus Annus Foundation, Rome. In 2013 he was awarded the “Premio Europeo San Benedetto” of the Sublacense Foundation. He is president of the Fondazione Italia per il Dono, Milan.
with regard to scientific-organizational activities: he is a member of the Scientific Committee of numerous national and international economic journals (such as, for example, Economics, Italian Economic Papers, Economics and Philosophy, Mind and Society); he is a member of the Scientific Committee of Symbola (Rome) and of the CEGA (Center of General and Applied Ethics, Pavia). He was editor of the Aretè magazine. He is a member of the Advisory Board of EURICSE (Trento). He is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (Vatican City).
He is also the author of numerous publications – books, published volumes, essays – of a scientific nature, as well as contributions to the cultural and civil debate