Corrado Gini (Motta di Livenza
, 23 May 1884 – Rome
, 13 March 1965) was an Italian statistician
who developed the Gini coefficient
, a measure of the income inequality
in a society
. Gini was a proponent of organicism
and applied it to nations.
[Aaron Gillette. ]
Racial theories in fascist Italy
'. London, England, UK; New York, New York, USA. Pp. 40.
Gini was born on May 23, 1884, in Motta di Livenza
, near Treviso
, into an old landed family
. He entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Bologna
, where in addition to law he studied mathematics
, and biology
Gini's scientific work ran in two directions: towards the social sciences and towards statistics. His interests ranged well beyond the formal aspects of statistics—to the laws that govern biological and social phenomena.
His first published work was ''Il sesso dal punto di vista statistico'' (1908). This work is a thorough review of the natal sex ratio, looking at past theories and at how new hypothesis fit the statistical data. In particular, it presents evidence that the tendency to produce one or the other sex of child is, to some extent, heritable.
In 1910, he acceded to the Chair of Statistics in the University of Cagliari
and then at Padua
He founded the statistical journal ''Metron'' in 1920, directing it until his death; it only accepted articles with practical applications.
He became a professor at the Sapienza University of Rome
in 1925. At the University, he founded a lecture course on sociology
, maintaining it until his retirement. He also set up the School of Statistics in 1928, and, in 1936, the Faculty of Statistical, Demographic and Actuarial Sciences.
In 1926, he was appointed President of the Central Institute of Statistics
in Rome. This he organised as a single centre for Italian statistical services. He was a close intimate of Mussolini throughout the 20s. He resigned from his position within the institute in 1932.
In 1927 he published a treatise entitled ''The Scientific Basis of Fascism''.
In 1929, Gini founded the Italian Committee for the Study of Population Problems (''Comitato italiano per lo studio dei problemi della popolazione) '' which, two years later, organised the first Population Congress in Rome.
A eugenicist apart from being a demographer, Gini led an expedition to survey Polish populations, among them the Karaites
. Gini was throughout the 20s a supporter of fascism, and expressed his hope that Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy would emerge as victors in WW2. However, he never supported any measure of exclusion of the Jews.
Milestones during the rest of his career include:
* In 1933 – vice president of the International Sociological Institute.
* In 1934 – president of the Italian Genetics
* In 1935 – president of the International Federation of Eugenics Societies in Latin-language Countries.
* In 1937 – president of the Italian Sociological Society.
* In 1941 – president of the Italian Statistical Society.
* In 1957 – Gold Medal for outstanding service to the Italian School.
* In 1962 – National Member of the Accademia dei Lincei
Italian Unionist Movement
On October 12, 1944, Gini joined with the Calabrian activist Santi Paladino
, and fellow-statistician Ugo Damiani to found the Italian Unionist Movement
, for which the emblem was the Stars and Stripes
, the Italian flag
and a world map. According to the three men, the Government of the United States
should annex all free and democratic nations worldwide, thereby transforming itself into a world government
, and allowing Washington, D.C.
to maintain Earth in a perpetual condition of peace
. The party existed up to 1948 but had little success and its aims were not supported by the United States.
Organicism and nations
Gini was a proponent of organicism
and saw nations as organic in nature.
Gini shared the view held by Oswald Spengler
that populations go through a cycle of birth, growth, and decay.
Gini claimed that nations at a primitive level have a high birth rate
, but, as they evolve, the upper class
es birth rate drops while the lower class
birth rate, while higher, will inevitably deplete as their stronger members emigrate, die in war, or enter into the upper classes.
If a nation continues on this path without resistance, Gini claimed the nation would enter a final decadent
stage where the nation would degenerate as noted by decreasing birth rate, decreasing cultural output, and the lack of imperial
[Aaron Gillette. ''Racial theories in fascist Italy''. London, England, UK; New York, New York, USA. Pp. 41.]
At this point, the decadent nation with its aging population can be overrun by a more youthful and vigorous nation.
Gini's organicist theories of nations and natality are believed to have influenced policies of Italian Fascism
The following honorary degrees were conferred upon him:
* Economics by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (1932),
* Sociology by the University of Geneva (1934),
* Sciences by Harvard University (1936),
* Social Sciences by the University of Cordoba, Argentine (1963).
* ''Il sesso dal punto di vista statistica: le leggi della produzione dei sessi'' (1908)
* ''Sulla misura della concentrazione e della variabilità dei caratteri'' (1914)
* ''Quelques considérations au sujet de la construction des nombres indices des prix et des questions analogues'' (1924)
* ''Memorie di metodologia statistica. Vol.1: Variabilità e Concentrazione'' (1955)
* ''Memorie di metodologia statistica. Vol.2: Transvariazione'' (1960)
Biography Of Corrado Gini at the ''Metron'', the statistics journal he founded
Paper on "Corrado Gini and Italian Statistics under Fascism" by Giovanni Favero June 2002A. Forcina and G. M. Giorgi "Early Gini’s Contributions to Inequality Measurement and Statistical Inference." JEHPS mars 2005Another photograph
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