research

Research programme

I am working on three main themes in the history of the social sciences, with a special focus on economics: discriminations, values, and expertise. My first line of research has to describe how economics and economists qualify and separate inequalities into legitimate differences and unfair discriminations, how this distinction evolved since the end of the 19th century, and what are the consequences of this knowledge. I am currently writing a comprehensive article on the history of the economics of discrimination since the 1940s. Within the project ‘Expertise under pressure’, I have been working on the relationships between economics (labor, agglomeration, gender) and policy since the 1970s, focusing of the study of situations of expertise. I am also interested in the entangled nature of epistemic, political and ethical values and how it translates into purposedly value-free knowledge. I studied these questions in individuals’ trajectories as well as in broader phenomenon such as the scientifisation of policy and the politicisation of science.

You will find a complete list of my publications and projects is my CV (May 2022).

Work-in-Progress

  • Contested Values: Economic Expertise in the Comparable Worth Controversy, 1979-1989 / a blogpost on the project is available here
  • Fighting racism with/in economics? The Journey of Phyllis A. Wallace
  • ‘Economics is Not a Men’s Field’: A History of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession / with Béatrice Cherrier & John Singleton / working paper / two related blogposts are available here and here / research mentionned in The Economist (9 January 2020)
  • A History of Wages / with François Allisson / a blogpost on the project is available here
  • Counting on International Organizations: Feminist Economics and the Value of Women’s Unpaid Work / with Maylis Avaro and Johanna Gautier Morin
  • Economists in the City: The Rise and Impact of the Idea of ‘Agglomeration’ / with Mike Kenny
  • Programming Expertise: The Political Element in Micro-Simulation, 1969-1989 / with Aurélien Goutsmedt

Collective projects

The Computerization of Economics

A History of Labour Economics

Publications

Articles (selection)

Chapters (selection)

  • ‘Out in the Open’ Controversy: Economists’ Perspectives on the First Gender Reckoning in Economics / with Béatrice Cherrier & John Singleton / in Shelly Lundberg (ed.), Women in Economics, CEPR Press / 2020
  • Quantifier les inégalités entre données d’enquête et données expérimentales: l’évolution du rôle du chercheur dans la construction de la variable “race” / with Léontine Goldzahl and Charlotte Levionnois / in A. Gramain, & L. Feller (eds.), L’évidence et l’invisible: questions de méthodes en histoire et en économie, Paris: Sorbonne University Press / working paper / 2020 / research featured in Le Monde (24 June 2021)

Reviews & essays (selection)

Interviews / podcasts

Où sont les femmes économistes ? Ni vues ni connues : portraits d’oubliées / France Culture, Entendez-vous l’éco, by Tiphaine de Rocquigny / 2022

Smith and Marx Walk into a Bar: A History of Economics Podcast, episode 46 / 2021

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