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Economists’ interest in collective decision after World War II: a history

This paper tracks economists’ rising, yet elusive and unstable interest in collective decision mechanism after World War II. We replace their examination of voting procedures and social welfare functions in the 1940s and 1950s in the context of their growing … Continuer la lecture

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Massive Influence with Scarce Contributions: the rationalizing economist Gary S. Becker

‘‘In Memoriam: Gary S. Becker, 1930–2014’’. It is through this lapidary ‘‘Farewell Post’’, announcing that the ‘‘the Becker–Posner blog is terminated’’, that a number of Richard Posner’s followers might have learned the death of his friend and colleague at the … Continuer la lecture

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Order, Coordination, and Collective Action among the Undead (co-authored with Alain Marciano)

In Economics of the Undead, edited by Glen WHitman and James Dow. The post-zombie infection society seems to be one of total chaos, in which only humans appear to be capable of maintaining a form of order. This is what … Continuer la lecture

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Becker and Posner: Freedom of Speech and Public Intellectualship (co-authored by Alain Marciano)

This paper analyses what Gary S. Becker and Richard A. Posner have written for various media (either in print or online) that are not strictly aimed at academic audiences. We provide an historical account of how they became interested in … Continuer la lecture

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The Evolving Notion of Relevance: an historical perspective to the ‘economics made fun’ movement

This paper aims to study the ‘economics made fun’ literature with regard to its main purpose: popularizing economics. We shed an historical light on such literature by showing that its main strategy for introducing economics to non-specialists had already been … Continuer la lecture

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Wandering through the Borderlands of the Social Sciences: Gary Becker’s Economics of Discrimination

This article contextualizes the writing, reception, and impact of Gary Becker’s first book, The Economics of Discrimination, in order to deepen our understanding of the relationships between economics and the other social sciences. First, we study the social scientific work on … Continuer la lecture

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Drawing New Lines: Economists and Other Social Scientists on Society

This article investigates the expansion of the scope of economics in the 1960s. We show that the public policy problems raised by the issue of poverty reinforced the expansion, as economists became progressively involved in the social issues of the … Continuer la lecture

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The Expansion of the Scope of American Economics (1949-1992), Doctoral Dissertation in French

Téléchargement (Fichier .PDF) Dans ma thèse de doctorat, je propose d’établir une histoire de l’élargissement de l’utilisation des outils de la science économique après la Seconde Guerre mondiale à des sujets « non économiques ». Je montre que l’émergence de questions « aux … Continuer la lecture

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