The Association for Mathematics Applied to Economics and Social Sciences, AMASES in acronym, is an Italian scientific society founded in 1976. The aim of the Association is to promote research and encourage information and scientific training in relation to the applications of mathematics in the study of Economics, Finance, Insurances, and individual, collective, strategic and business decisions. It responds to the problems of the social sciences by mathematical models, the study of which makes use of principles, methods and techniques of various branches of mathematics.
AMASES, with SIMAI and AIRO, forms the Italian Federation of Applied Mathematics (FIMA). AMASES is an institutional member of the European Mathematical Society (EMS) under the name “Italian Association of Mathematics Applied to Economic and Social Sciences”.
AMASES promotes theoretical and applied research, as well as a more general awareness, in all areas of mathematics as applied to economics, finance, insurance, management, and social sciences at large. AMASES actively supports satellite thematic conferences and Summer schools. It has introduced special awards both for the best doctoral dissertations, and for the best papers presented by young researchers at the Annual Conference that AMASES has been holding since 1977, typically in early September.
Every conference hosts a few Invited Lectures, aimed to represent the range of approaches and applications pursued within the scope of the association. This has now come to include fields as diverse as mathematical finance, economic theory, management science, decision and game theory, as well computational techniques.
AMASES has been publishing a scientific journal since 1978. Until 1999, the masthead was "Rivista di Matematica per le Scienze Economiche e Sociali" (Review of Mathematics for the Economic and Social Sciences) and the journal accepted papers in Italian, English, and French. In 2000, AMASES expanded the scope of the journal and gave it a more international slant. The title was changed to "Decisions in Economics and Finance: A Journal of Applied Mathematics" (nicknamed DEF), English became the only official language, while publication and technical assistance were entrusted with Springer-Verlag. The aims and scope state that DEF "provides a specialized forum for the publication of research in all areas of mathematics as applied to economics, finance, insurance, management and social sciences. Primary emphasis is placed on original research concerning topics in mathematics or computational techniques which are explicitly motivated by or contribute to the analysis of economic or financial problems."