Maurizio Pugno is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Cassino, Italy. He studied at Cambridge, UK (M.Phil.) and Birkbeck, London. He taught at the University of Trento, Italy, and at the International PhD School of S. Anna, Pisa, Italy.

He published theoretical, empirical, and historical articles and books on economic growth, structural change, human and social capital, and job satisfaction. In his recent book, On the Foundations of Happiness in Economics, he studies happiness from a theoretical and historical point of view.