Michele Fratianni is a professor emeritus in the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington who served on the faculty at the Kelley School from 1971 to 2006. He received a B.A. in 1967, a M.A. in Economics in 1967, and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1971 all from Ohio State University. Fratianni joined the IU faculty in 1971 as an assistant professor of business economics after previously serving as a lecturer and rose to the rank of professor of business economics and public policy. He also served as chair of the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy from 1997 to 2006, W. George Pinnell Professor in the Kelley School of Business from 1998 to 2006, and as an adjunct professor of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. Fratianni retired from IU in 2006 with the title of professor emeritus.
Following his retirement in 2006, Fratianni was appointed as professor of economics at Universita' Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy, a title which he still currently holds. During his career, he served in roles as an economic advisor for the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels from 1976-1979 and as a senior staff economist of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1981-1982. In 1985, he received a Fulbright award to research in economics at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy. He also served as a visiting professor and in other faculty roles at Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven in Belgium, Catholic University of Louvain, the Università Sapienza of Rome, Marquette University, and Free University of Berlin. Fratianni founded Open Economies Reviews and managed it for 16 years. His areas of expertise have included monetary economics, international economics, international finance, and economic history. Fratianni is the recipient of the Honorary Citizenship of Ferrazzano, Italy in 2005, the Ufficiale della Repubblica italiana in 1982, the Gold Medal of the Pio Manzú Center in 1982, the Scanno Prize in Economics in 1991, and the St. Vincent Prize in Economics in 1992.