Francisco Louçã

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Francisco Louçã
Francisco Louçã na VI Convenção Nacional do Bloco de Esquerda 01 cropped.jpg
Coordinator of the Left Bloc
In office
24 March 1999 – 10 November 2011
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Catarina Martins
João Semedo
Personal details
Born Francisco Anacleto Louçã
(1956-11-12) 12 November 1956 (age 58)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Left Bloc (since 1999)
Other political
Revolutionary Socialist Party (1978-1999)
Internationalist Communist League (1973-1978)
Alma mater Technical University of Lisbon
Profession Economist, professor

Francisco Anacleto Louçã (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɾɐ̃ˈsiʃku loˈsɐ̃]; born 12 November 1956 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese economist and politician.[1]


The second son of António Seixas Louçã, a Portuguese Navy Officer, and his wife Noémia da Rocha Neves Anacleto, lawyer, grandson of António Neves Anacleto, from Silves, brother of Isabel Maria, António, João Carlos and Jorge Manuel, and cousin of Vítor Gaspar, former Minister of Finances at Pedro Passos Coelho's government.

He is a Full Professor of Economics in Lisbon's Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão ("Higher Institute of Economics and Management"), which belongs to the Technical University of Lisbon and was a member of the Portuguese Parliament from 1999 to 2012.

He is also the author of several books and scientific articles[1] on the history of economic thought, the dynamics of complex adaptive systems and the nature of long-term techno-economic change, including "Turbulence in Economics" (Elgar, 1997), "As Time Goes By" (with Chris Freeman, Oxford University Press, 2011 and 2002, translated into Portuguese, Russian, Chinese), "The Years of High Econometrics" (Routledge, 2007) and a number of papers in scientific journals in economics, mathematical physics, history of economic ideas, mathematical modeling of financial markets, history of biology. His scientific books are translated into eleven languages. He was awarded the prize for the best scientific paper of the year by the History of Economics Association (1999).

Louçã was an active opponent of the pre-democracy regime, was arrested for a protest against the colonial war and for a brief period in 1972, before the fall of the dictatorship (April 25, 1974). More recently he helped found the left-wing party Left Bloc (Portuguese: Bloco de Esquerda) in 1999. Louçã received 288,224 votes (5.31%) in the Portuguese 2006 presidential elections.

Electoral results[edit]

2006 Portuguese presidential election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 22 January 2006 Portuguese presidential election results
Candidates Supporting parties First round
Votes %
Aníbal Cavaco Silva Social Democratic Party, People's Party 2,773,431 50.54
Manuel Alegre Independent 1,138,297 20.74
Mário Soares Socialist Party 785,355 14.31
Jerónimo de Sousa Portuguese Communist Party, Ecologist Party "The Greens" 474,083 8.64
Francisco Louçã Left Bloc 292,198 5.32
António Garcia Pereira PCTP/MRPP 23,983 0.44
Total valid 5,487,347 100.00
Blank ballots 59,636 1.07
Invalid ballots 43,149 0.77
Total (turnout 61.53%) 5,590,132
Source: Comissão Nacional de Eleições


  1. ^ a b "Biografia" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 February 2011.