2021–22 HOPE Center Fellows

The HOPE Center is pleased to welcome eleven fellows to campus during the 2021–22 academic year.

Vincent Carret is researching the game-theoretic reinterpretation of markets after the second world war. He will focus on the mathematicians who developed game theory at Princeton during its early period, mainly from the publication of The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior in 1944 to the publication in 1957 by R. Duncan Luce and Howard Raiffa of Games and Decisions, as well as on the origins of mechanism design. Vincent is a PhD student at Université Lyon 2; his advisor is Michaël Assous, a 2012–13 HOPE Center fellow.

Lúcia Centurião is writing her PhD thesis titled “An Immediately Post-Walras Generation of Mathematical Economists: Albert Aupetit, Étienne Antonelli, and Henry Moore.” She has already written a first version of the analysis of Moore’s work on general equilibrium theory. While in the US, she plans to visit Moore's archives at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Lúcia is a PhD student at the University of São Paulo.

Thomas Delcey will work on two projects while at Duke. The first aims at developing the contribution of agricultural economics to the “prehistory” of financial economics, focusing on a figure named Holbrook Working, whose own work represents the genesis of the efficient market hypothesis’ modern formulation. His second project will explore the relationship between economics and financial economics on a larger scale. Thomas recently completed his PhD at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Samuel Demeulemeester's current research project follows from his PhD dissertation, in which he investigated a series of questions related to the “100% money” proposal of the 1930s—a monetary reform idea that was formulated during the Great Depression. While at Duke, he will continue this research by writing a historical review of the money proposal before the 1930s and the money proposal and its treatment by Milton Friedman.

Maxime Desmarais-Tremblay is working on a book project on Richard Musgrave and the normative foundations of public finance. While here, he will pay particular attention to the last chapter of the book on the history of tax expertise and the Colombian fiscal reforms. The chapter will take Colombia as a case study of the “tax doctoring” practice of Musgrave. Maxime is a lecturer in economics at the University of London.

Marcos Thiago Graciani is writing his PhD dissertation, which examines how exercises in microeconomics (from textbooks and, whenever possible, from problem sets tailored by professors) changed through time. His work  will map textbooks used in graduate training in microeconomics, with a focus on first-year courses, and will further investigate two subareas of microeconomics more closely, namely, choice under uncertainty and game theory. Thiago is a PhD student at the University of São Paulo.

Keith Jakee is working on two projects centering on Buchanan and Coase. He is focusing on Buchanan's intellectual evolution, which involves a tension between his early constitutional work and the later Limits of Liberty (1975), and Coase's inframarginal approach to transaction costs, arguing that Coase’s central insights are still fundamentally underappreciated. Keith is an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University.

Arthur Netto is writing about the role of Albert Rees, H. Gregg Lewis, and the 1950s/60s Princeton Industrial Relation Section in the development of the microeconometric techniques of the "credibility revolution." The existing tool-based story overlooks the role that several actors and institutions played in the stabilization of these tools, and it is those actors and institutions that are the focus of Arthur's own account. Arthur is a PhD student at the  University of São Paulo.

Andrej Svorenčík will continue writing and researching his book manuscript on the emergence and history of experimental economics. He has conducted nearly ninety interviews and will now digest all the raw transcripts and properly connect these oral sources with archival ones. Andrej, who was a 2012–13 HOPE Center fellow, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim.

Dillon Tauzin is working on the three entangled subjects: education, liberalism, and the price system. HIs work seeks to understand such things as why Frank Knight was so antagonistic toward John Dewey and the parallels between Dewey's account of education and F. A. Hayek's structure of production. Dillon is a PhD student at George Mason University.

Yara Zeineddine will continue her work on the economist Joan Robinson and especially her interactions with numerous Keynesian economists. While at Duke, she will identify the principles of the “Anglo-Italian tradition” that Robinson wanted to develop, as well as the divergences between this tradition and American Keynesianism regarding the analysis of distribution and growth. Yara is a PhD candidate at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

We look forward to hosting our new fellows and to helping them further their research in the coming year.