About

I’m an assistant professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise and a researcher at the THEMA (CNRS UMR 8184). I’m an historian of post-WWII economics. My main topic of research deals with “economics imperialism”, that is, the application of microeconomics to topics that traditionnally belonged to the domain of other disciplines. Among the main contributors of that movement, one can think of: Gary Becker, James Buchanan, Mancur Olson, George Stigler, and Gordon Tullock.

I contextualize the work of these authors, in the light of the specific historical, institutional, and scientific contexts of the period ranging from the postwar era to the early 1980s, when economics imperialism started to become mainstream economics. One key element to understand that development is the growing influence of economists on public policy, especially during Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

I also study the different aspects of economics imperialism. The struggle for the domination of certain fields was not only a purely academic phenomenon. Economists tried to disseminate their economic way of thinking to a wider audience and competed with other social scientists in doing so. Introductory textbooks, popularization books, but also blogs, are among the many  battlefields where the influence of economists on noneconomic issues were, and still are, fought.