Lorenzo Garbo

Professor, Economics

Degrees: Ph.D., Economics, Columbia University, 1995; M.Phil., Economics, Columbia University, 1993; M.A., Economics, Columbia University, 1992; Laurea in Economics, Magna cum Laude, University of Venice, Italy, 1989.

Office: Economics, Duke Hall #203

Phone: 909/748-8738



Areas of Expertise

  • History of Economic Thought
  • International Trade
  • Development

Current Research

  • The self in western and eastern enlightenment traditions, the assumption of non-satiation and the birth of political economy
  • Contemplative studies and economics
  • Last work submitted (September 09): “A Buddhist Economist’s Reflection on Greed”

Professional Background

Lorenzo Garbo has studied economics at the University of Venice (Italy) and at Columbia University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in 1995. He is Professor of economics at the University of Redlands, where he has been teaching International Trade, History of Economic Thought and various introductory courses for thirteen years. He is also a student of Zen Buddhism at Green Gulch Farm/San Francisco Zen Center and has collaborated to the establishment of a meditation room on campus, where he regularly leads meditation classes for the Religious Studies department. Prof. Garbo has also worked at the Commission on Global Governance in Geneva and at the Center on International Cooperation of New York University. His research interests have included models of comparative advantage with renewable and non-renewable natural resources and convergence in international standards. Currently his scholarly activity focuses on the birth of political economy and the role of greed (non satiation) in the eastern and western enlightenment traditions.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • International Trade
  • International Finance
  • Development Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • International Humanitarian Aid (Freshmen Seminar)
  • Seminar in Humanistic Economics (Freshmen Seminar)
  • Visions of the Macroeconomy (Senior Seminar)
  • Western and Eastern Enlightenment: On Greed (Proudian Seminar)
  • Greed! (Freshmen Seminar)
  •  Topics in Political Economy: British Enlightenment and the Birth of Political Economy
  • Zen Meditation Practicum
  • Introduction to Zen Meditation
  • Way Seeking Mind (travel course, May 2009)

Degrees Held

  • Laurea in Economics, Magna cum Laude, University of Venice, Italy, 1989
  • M.A., Economics, Columbia University, 1992.
  • M.Phil., Economics, Columbia University, 1993
  • Ph.D., Economics, Columbia University, 1995

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM), Columbia University, 1997-1998.
    Courses: International Finance.
  • Columbia College and Barnard College, Columbia University, 1994-1996.
    Courses: Intermediate Microeconomics.
  • School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 1994-1996.
    Courses: Intermediate Microeconomics, International Trade.

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Columbia University, 1997-1998
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Economics, New York University, 1997-1998
  • Associate Research Scientist, Center on International Cooperation, New York University, 1997-1998.
  • Lecturer, Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 1994-1996
  • Research Associate, Commission on Global Governance, Geneva, 1993

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Mortar Board “Professor of the Year,” University of Redlands, 2009
  • “Outstanding Teaching Award,” University of Redlands, 2008
  • Mortar Board “Professor of the Year” nominee, University of Redlands, 2009
  • Faculty Research Grant, University of Redlands, 2008
  • Haynes Foundation Faculty Fellowship, 2001-2002
  • “Outstanding Teaching Award,” University of Redlands, 1999
  • Faculty Research Grant, University of Redlands, 1999
  • Hewlett Research Grant, 1997
  • Faculty Research Grant, University of Redlands, 1997
  • President’s Fellowship, Columbia University, 1991-1993
  • “Ente Luigi Einaudi” Fellowship, Rome, 1991-1993


"Leontief, Nobel Laureate, 1973" in Abu N.M. Wahid (ed.) The NobelLaureates and the Frontiers of Economics: A Popular Reading, University Press of America, Inc., 2002

"International Convergence in Regulation: the Case of Measurable Standards," International Advances in Economic Research, Vol. 8, Number 2, May, 2002

"Proporzioni dei Fattori, Commercio Internazionale e Crescita," Bologna: Nuova Editoriale Grasso, 1998. Italian edition and translation of Ronald Findlay's Factor Proportions, Trade, and Growth, Cambridge MA., MIT Press, 1995

"Some linkages between Economic and Political Optimizing Behaviors" (“L'ottimizzazione in economia e in politica: alcune riflessioni sul processo di scambio”) - Rivista di Politica Economica, Roma, June, Vol. LXXXIII, n. III, p. 157 – 198, 1993

Professional Conferences, Seminars, and Presentations

“Beginningless Greed,” Mortar Board Professor of the Year Address, President High Table, University of Redlands, March 2008

“Economics and Buddhism: Perspectives on Greed,” invited talk at the West Covina Buddhist Temple Study Center (CA), November 2008

Participation in the “Contemplative Pedagogy Seminar,” Naropa University, Boulder (CO), July 2008

Participation in the 2008 Spring Retreat for Academics, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Menla Mountain Retreat Center, NY, March 2008

Participation in the conference on Sustainable Development, University of Redlands, February 2005

Participation in the three-day workshop “Natural Capitalism,” Esalen Institute, Big Sur, December 2004

“On Greed,” talk for the UOR Alumni Association, Hollywood, September 2003

“Teaching at the University of Redlands,” presentation at the UOR Board of Trustees Meeting, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, February 2003

Paper presentation and discussant at the Fiftieth International Atlantic Economic Conference, Charleston, S.C., October 2000

Participation in the workshop “Quantifying the Trade Effect on Standards and Regulatory Barriers: Is it Possible?”, World Bank, Washington D.C., April 2000

Participation in the workshop “Political Economy of Reform of the IMF and the International Financial Architecture,” The Lowe Institute of Political Economy and the Claremont Institute of Economic Policy Studies, Claremont Graduate University, April 1999

Participation in the workshop “Global Public Goods: A New Rationale for Development Cooperation”, Office of Development Studies, United Nations Development Programme, New York City, November 1997

Participation in the conference “The Multilateral Trading System and the Least Developed Countries”, United Nations Development Programme and the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee, New York City, October 1997

Paper presentation and discussant, Western Economic Association International Meetings, Seattle, July 1997

Paper presentation at the Economics Colloquia of the Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine, June 1997

Participation in the meeting “Balancing America’s Global Interests”, organized by the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, Riverside, January 1997

Participation in the symposium organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on international standards and deep integration, Paris, July 1996

Paper presentation in the seminar series of the Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy, June 1996

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Social Economics.
  • Board Member of Boulder Zen Center, 2007-2009.
  • Board of Advisors, Global Diversity Institute, Long Beach, CA, 2003-2007.

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