The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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De Finetti, Bruno (1906–1985)

  • Giancarlo Gandolfo
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De Finetti was born in Innsbruck, Austria, and died in Rome. After a degree in mathematics at Milan University, he chose practical activities rather than an academic career, and worked at the Istituto Centrale di Statistica (1927–31) and then at the Assicurazioni Generali (1931–46). Only later did he turn to an academic career and win a chair in Financial Mathematics at Trieste University (1939); from 1954 to 1961 he held the chair in the same subject at the University of Rome and from 1961 to 1976 the chair of Calculus of Probabilities at the same university. He was a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and Fellow of the International Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

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  • Giancarlo Gandolfo
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