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Our history in a nutshell

  • The first Institute of Economics was established in 1974. The Institute of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences "Marcello Boldrini" was also founded in the same year.
  • In 1992, the Institute of Economics transformed into the Department of Political and Business Administration (DEPA).
  • Between 1998 and 2003, some faculty from the Institute of Statistics, which had moved to Bicocca, joined DEPA.
  • In 2005 DEPA became DEAS, Department of Business, Economics and Statistics.
  • In 2012, with the Gelmini reform, DEAS transitioned into its current form as DEMM, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods.
Il professor Bognetti in commissione
I professori Checchi, Donzelli, Barba Navaretti
Professori riuniti per festa d'addio del prof. Cipriani

Historical context

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In the late 1960s, in the wake of the great mass movements of '68, Milan was a city destined to change in terms of university education as well. Professors at the time felt the need to have a faculty specializing in social relations and government activities.
Within this historical context, the Faculty of Political Science emerged in 1971 from the Law School's degree program of the same name. It was a troubled beginning, including interference and pressure from politicians at the time to oppose the birth of a pole that could be fertile ground for protest for the politically aligned masses of students. Moreover, an excellent Faculty of Political Science already existed in Milan's Catholic University.
Despite numerous osbtacles during the 1970s, the Faculty successfully established itself and moved to the historic Palazzo Resta-Pallavicino in Via Conservatorio 7, where it continues to stand today.

Origins: the two institutions

A number of institutes emerged within the new faculty, including two that can be described as the precursors to the present Department of Economics. These were the Institute of Economics and the Institute of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, both founded in 1974.

In those years, the two institutes took divergent paths and had different fates and fluctuations.

The transition to Department and the arrival of statisticians.


In 1992, all institutes were transformed into departments. It was during this period that DEPA, the Department of Political and Business Economics, was established. It was chosen from the very beginning to focus on young researchers in an attempt to develop innovative research themes.

Simultaneously, the Institute of Statistics had migrated to the newly founded University of Bicocca. However, some faculty decided to remain loyal to the Statale di Milano and chose to join DEPA, thus expanding the fields of studies within the department.

In 2001, in order to improve research coordination, the sections of Economics, Business Administration, Finance and Marketing, Statistics and Mathematics were formally established.

In order to articulate the distinct research themes while maintaining a profound cohesion among the involved actors, it was decided to transform DEPA into DEAS, Department of Economic, Business and Statistical Science.

Gelmini reform and the birth of the DEMM

In 2012, with the Gelmini reform, faculties merged into departments. This was a time of profound restructuring for the organization of the entire historic structure at 7 Via Conservatorio.

It was during the month of April in 2012 that the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods came into existence.


For content regarding the Department we extend our gratitude for the valuable research work to Michela Argenti. For information on the Faculty, we cite the essay by Daniele Checchi, Alberto Martinelli and Marino Regini, entitled: "The Faculty of Political Science of the University of Milan, now the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences (SPES).