Working Papers

Vincent Carret

Publication Number: 2022-11 Publication Date: September 2022 In the aftermath of World War I, a financial war was fought on the battlegrounds of international organizations and financial diplomacy. While the League of Nations’ Economic and Financial Organization… read more about this publication »

Mauro Boianovsky

Publication Number: 2022-10 Publication Date: September 2022 The present paper is set out to examine the place of Geoff Harcourt’s 1965 “Two-sector model of the distribution of income and the level of employment in the short run ” in his research agenda, as well… read more about this publication »

Steven G. Medema

Publication Number: 2022-09 Publication Date: September 2022 In a paper delivered at the December 1955 meeting of the Econometric Society, Paul Samuelson noted that though economists had done “work of high quality and great quantity in the field of taxation,” the… read more about this publication »

Cleo Chassonnery-Zaigouche

Publication Number: 2022-08 Publication Date: August 2022 The comparable worth principle – a call for a general readjustment of wages according to a measure of the worth of an occupation – gained a policy momentum in the United States in the early 1980s. A… read more about this publication »

Maxime Desmarais-Tremblay

Publication Number: 2022-06  Publication Date: May 17, 2022 Richard A. Musgrave (1910-2007) is remembered today as the American economist who established modern foundations for public finance theory in the middle of the twentieth century. His work as a tax expert… read more about this publication »

Gianluca Damiani

Publication Number: 2202-07 Publication Date: May 17, 2022 The paper aims to show how the formal revolution in economics has influenced the developments of Rational Choice and Game Theory in Political Science. Our focus will be on American political scientist… read more about this publication »

Mauro Boianovsky (Universidade de Brasilia)

Publication Number: 2022-05 Publication Date: Monday, May 2, 2022 The paper offers a view of Geoff Harcourt’s – b. 1931 in Melbourne; d. 2021 in Sydney – life trajectory as an Australian economist educated and active in the Cambridge UK tradition. His main… read more about this publication »

Vincent Carret

Publication Number: 2022-04 Publication Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Leontief was and still is one of the most recognized names in economics, inextricably linked to the development of input-output techniques, but throughout his life he remained fiercely… read more about this publication »

Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, Evelyn Forget, and John D. Singleton

Publication Number:  2022-03 Publication Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 This essay is the introduction to the History of Political Economy Annual Supplement on “Women and Economics: New Historical Perspectives.” We first reflect on the historiography… read more about this publication »

Christina Laskaridis

Publication Number: 2022-02 Publication Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022 The name of Margaret Garritsen de Vries may not be the first that pops into people’s mind when thinking about the International Monetary Fund. It is through her work, as long-standing… read more about this publication »

Ohad Reiss-Sorokin

Publication Number: 2022-01 Publication Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2022 Besides their ideas and social networks, émigré intellectuals bring with themselves practices for engagement with intellectual work. This article focuses on one such practice: the intellectual… read more about this publication »

Rafael Galvão de Almeida

Publication Number: 2021-25 Publication Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021 This paper introduces and reproduces a letter to Douglass North asking for support against closing the sociology department at Washington University in St. Louis. read more about this publication »

Alexander Linsbichler

Publication Number: 2021-24 Publication Date: Monday, December 13, 2021 Carl Menger’s Principles of Economics, published in 1871, is usually regarded as the founding document of the Austrian School of economics. Many of the School’s prominent… read more about this publication »

Steven G. Medema

Publication Number: 2021-23 Publication Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021 Though the Chicago school has been the subject of no small amount of research over the past several decades, that scholarship has focused largely on persons, ideas, and influence—in short,… read more about this publication »

Keith Jakee

Publication Number: 2021-22 Publication Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021 This article--designed to give readers unfamiliar with public choice a historical overview and flavor for the kinds of problems considered--is divided into three main sections, “historical… read more about this publication »

Mauro Boianovsky

Publication Number: 2021-21 Publication Date: Monday, November 1, 2021 Around 50 years ago, Edmund Phelps and Robert Lucas proposed an answer to the question why changes in aggregate nominal spending bring about output and employment effects, instead of purely… read more about this publication »

Thomas Delcey and Guillaume Noblet

Publication Number: 2021-20 Publication Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021 This article offers a historical analysis of the contributions of U.S. interwar agricultural economics to the economics of information. Concerned with improving the circulation of information… read more about this publication »

Steven G. Medema

Publication Number:2021-19 Publication Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 One of the more striking features of the debate over the Coase theorem is the wide variety of models and theoretical frameworks used to discuss, evaluate, or otherwise analyze Coase’s result… read more about this publication »

Mauro Boianovsky and Gerardo Serra

Publication Number: 2021-18 Publication Date: Monday, September 20, 2021 Joan Robinson’s infatuation with Mao’s China remains the most controversial episode of the Cambridge economist’s life. Drawing on the literatures on observation in science and economics, and… read more about this publication »

Mauro Boianovsky

Publication Number: 2021-17 Publication Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Robert Lucas’ 1972 article on the neutrality of money represented the first effective challenge to Samuelson’s neoclassical synthesis methodological separation between static microeconomic… read more about this publication »

Alexander Linsbichler

Publication Number: 2021-16 Publication Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 Austrian economist Ludwig Mises’s central role in the socialist calculation debates has been consensually acknowledged since the early 1920s. Yet, only recently, Nemeth, O’Neill, Uebel, and… read more about this publication »

Alexander Linsbichler

Publication Number: 2021-15 Publication Date: Monday, August 2, 2021 In recent academic and to some extent public debates, mainstream economics has been accused of excessive mathematization. The rejection of mathematical and other formal methods is often cited as… read more about this publication »

Steven G. Medema

Publication Number: 2021-14 Publication Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 The present paper revisits the path by which Coase came to set down the result now generally known as the Coase theorem in his 1960 article. I draw on both the published record and archival… read more about this publication »

Moshe Syrquin

Publication Number: 2021-13 Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Simon Kuznets was born and educated in Russia and the Soviet Ukraine. He completed his economic education and adopted his research methodology in the United States where Wesley Mitchell was a… read more about this publication »