Michael McLure

Professor, BA Murd., GradDipEd WAIT, MEc W.Aust., PhD Curtin

  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Michael McLure is a Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Western Australia. His research has focused on the history of economic thought in Italy.  In that regard, he co-edited the English translation of Pareto’s Manual of Political Economy: A Critical and Variorum Edition (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2020); authored The Paretian School and Italian Fiscal Sociology (Palgrave-Macmillan 2007); and, in October 2020, he was awarded the Premio Galileo Galilei by the Fondazione Premio Internazionale Galileo Galilei dei Rotary Club Italiani for his contribution to the history of Italian economics.  Michael's research also extends to the economics of A. C. Pigou and the Cambridge School.  From 2007 to 2011 Michael co-edited the History of Economics Review. In November 2021 he was presented with the Austin Holmes Award from the WA Branch of the Economic Society of Australia for his contribution to economics in Wetsern Australia.   

Roles and responsibilities

Michael McLure is the Co-convenor of the History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences Network and he is a past President of the Australian Economic Society, WA Branch.

Funding overview

Dr Michael McLure 2004, “Pareto and the Giornale degli Economist: A Sociology of Scientific Knowledge.”, UWA Research Grants Scheme, Funds Approved: $18,199.00. RFCD:

Ms Margaret Giles, Dr Alfred Dockery, Dr Michael McLure 2003, “Unmet student demand for vocational education and training (VET)”, NCVER (National Centr for Vocational Education Research), Funds Approved: $24,621.00. RFCD:

Dr Michael McLure 2002, “Fellowship - A new Paretian Approach to Public Finances and Fiscal Sociology”, University Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Funds Approved: $4.00. RFCD:

Current projects

Michael’s long term projects are the intellectual histories of Vilfredo Pareto and A. C. Pigou.

Collaborations with Other Institutions

In 2009 Michael visited: (i) Aldo Montesano (Università Bocconi) to work on Paretian elements of this project (mainly concerning a translation of Pareto’s Manuale di Economia Politica) and (ii) Cambridge University archives to access the Pigou papers.

Teaching overview

History of Economic Ideas, ECON3310



Primary research interest: the history of economic thought.


Italian (intermediate level)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • History Of Economics: A. C. Pigou And The Cambridge School
  • History Of Economics: Vilfredo Pareto And The Lausanne School
  • Italian Fiscal Sociology
  • History of economic thought


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