Who are we?

The past decade has seen significant growth in work on the history of economics since WW2. The availability of source-materials has increased dramatically, new methods have been employed and scholars have looked across disciplinary boundaries. This work has produced insightful contextual histories of the development of economic ideas. We believe that the history of recent economics has developed to such an extent that it is worth bringing researchers together in a meeting devoted specifically to this period.

The History of Recent Economics Conference  was launched in 2007 by an organizing committee comprised of Roger Backhouse (University of Birmingham), Philippe Fontaine (Ecole normale supérieure de Paris-Saclay) and Tiago Mata (Technical University of Lisbon).

At this moment, the organizing committee consists of Pedro Duarte (University of Säo Paulo), Yann Giraud (University of Cergy-Pontoise) and Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (University of Lausanne).

More information on past meetings can be found here.

Not so Frequently Asked Questions (but we will answer them, anyway!):

Q: Why does your banner include superheroes?

Economics research in the postwar period is intimately related to the aftermath of WWII and to the Cold War. And so are Marvel superheroes! Besides, it looks better than a picture of Milton Friedman.

Q: But why did you choose to feature FEMALE superheroes?

Our old banner only had male superheroes and, likewise, most historians of economists are only concerned with male economists. We want to provide both diversity in the profession and research that deals with previously unexplored areas of the history of postwar economics. It is our firm belief that more studies on the role of women in economics will help unveil neglected aspects of its development.