Session 2 Panel 1

The Family: A Resource for Society.

11:30 - 12:30    Panel 1 The Family: A Resource for Society.
(Hall 8B) - EN

Moderator: Breda O’Brien, Journalist & Teacher, Ireland. 

• Prof. Luigino Bruni, Economist and Academic, Rome. 
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• Prof. Ray Kinsella, Economist, Ireland. 
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• Prof. Stefano and Vera Zamagni, Professor of Economic History, University of Bologna, Italy. 
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“The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church” (AL, 31). “No one can think that the weakening of the family as that natural society founded on marriage will prove beneficial to society as a whole” (AL, 52). This panel discusses the various ways in which the family presents itself as an indispensable resource for society.  


Breda O’Brien, Journalist & Teacher, Ireland

Breda O’Brien is a columnist with the Irish Times newspaper, a second-level teacher, and also writes regularly for the Irish Catholic.  She is a frequent contributor to media debates on social and ethical issues. She is married to Brendan Conroy and they have four children.  Breda has previously worked as a video producer, as a researcher in RTE (the Irish National Broadcasting Service) and as a communications trainer. She is a patron of the Iona Institute. In recent times she edited and contributed to the book, ‘Amoris Laetitia – Opening the Pope’s Love Letter to Families.’ 

Prof. Ray Kinsella, Economist, Ireland

Professor Ray Kinsella is an Economist. He has taught at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business in Dublin and the University of Ulster. He worked in the Central Bank of Ireland – where he was nominated to the IMF Institute in Washington DC – and as an Economic Adviser in the Department of Industry & Commerce. He has broadcast and published widely in Finance and Health Economics. Ray is married to Ita, a nurse, and they have ten children. 


Prof. Stefano and Vera Zamagni, Professor of Economic History, University of Bologna, Italy

Vera Negri Zamagni and Stefan Zamagni have two daughters and four grandchildren. They graduated at the Catholic University of Milan (1966). Both teach at the University of Bologna and at the SAIS Europe of the Johns Hopkins University. Vera has a Ph.D. in Economic History (Oxford, 1976). She was founding co-editor (1997-2001) of the European Review of Economic History.  A member of the Italian National Research Council (1994-1999), and the Italian Agency for University evaluation (2011-13), she has been vice-president of the NGO Cefa since 2003.  Both are doctors in honoris causa (Vera from the University of Umeå, Sweden, and Stefan from the Universities of Prague, Santiago de Chile, Cordoba and Buenos Aires). Stefan is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and of the Pontifical Dicastery for integral human development, and is president of the “Del Dono” foundation. Both have published widely on Economics, Business and History.

Prof. Luigino Bruni, Economist and Academic, Rome

Luigino Bruni was born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, in 1966. He is Full Professor of Economics at the Lumsa University in Rome. In 1998, he completed his first PhD in the History of Economics at the University of Florence in Italy and in 2004 earned his second PhD in Economics at the University of East Anglia (UK). He is coordinator of the Economy of Communion project, Scientific Director of SEC School of Civil Economics and director of the Doctorate in Civil Economics at the Lumsa University in Rome. His research has covered many areas ranging from Microeconomics, Ethics and Economics, History of Economic Thought, Methodology of Economics, Sociality and Happiness in Economics, Economics and Theology. Recently, he developed a particular interest in the Civil Economy and economic-related categories, such as Reciprocity and Gratuitousness. Luigino Bruni’s current research focuses on the role of intrinsic motivation in economic and civil life.


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