11th Annual Conference on the
History of Recent Economics

April 21-22, 2017
University of Lucerne
Frohburgstrasse 3, room 3.B52


Friday, April 21, 2017

09:00-09:15  Registration

09:15-09:30 Opening remarks

09:30-10:30 Harro Maas (University of Lausanne):
Economics as a Public Science. Cultures of Prediction in France and the Netherlands

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:00 Marion Ronca (University of Zurich):
From Logos to Mythos – The Academic Change of Mind of the Founder of the Swiss Economic Research Centre Eugen Böhler

12:00-13:00 Laetitia Lenel (Humboldt University of Berlin):
Measurement without Theory? Business Cycle Research at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), 1946-1965

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-15:30 Anne Schreiber (University of Paderborn):
Social Exchange during the Era of Cold War. George Homans and the Emergence of Rational Choice Theory

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Sarvnaz Lotfi (Virginia Tech):
Postwar R&D Valuation and the "Measure of our Ignorance"

17:00-18:00 Roger E. Backhouse (University of Birmingham and Erasmus University Rotterdam):
Samuelson and Kennedy

Saturday, April 22, 2017

09:00-10:00 Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (University of Lausanne):
"The Economists Enter the Courtroom" in Context

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-11:30 Francesco Sergi (University Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne):
The Standard Narrative in History of Macroeconomics: Central Banks and DSGE Models

11:30-12:30 Isabella Weber (University of Cambridge):
Is Socialism Compatible with a Market Economy? The Chinese Chapter in the Socialist Calculation Debate

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:00 Steven G. Medema (University of Colorado Denver):
Non-Welfarism in the Early Debates Over the Coase Theorem: The Case of Environmental Economics

15:00-15:15 Closing remarks

Organizers: Verena Halsmayer (University of Lucerne), Pedro Duarte (University of São Paulo), Yann Giraud (University of Cergy-Pontoise), and Joel Isaac (University of Cambridge)

The conference is supported by the University of Lucerne Research Committee (FoKo), The Institute of Economic Research Foundation-Brazil (FIPE, University of São Paulo), the European Scientific Coordination Network (GDRI, CNRS) and the KWI (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut) Lucerne.

Guests are very welcome but we kindly ask you to register until April 10 (mail to ) and read the precirculated papers.