I am a historian of economics. My main topic is the history of visualization in recent economics. I study how diagrams, graphs, pictures and tables have been used by economists as means of theorizing and/or for educational purposes. My most recent work is concerned with the history of economic education in the United States in the postwar period. I am interested in the way changes in economics textbooks and curriculums, as well as the more institutional debates within the economics professions, have reflected and/or affected the development of economic theorizing and its role in dealing with social issues. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how the development of economic methods is entrenched in peculiar communities and cultural practices. I am curious about how far we can go in using science studies and cultural history as role models for writing interesting new narratives in the history of economics. I am an assistant-Professor and a researcher at THEMA (CNRS UMR 8184) and I teach economics and management at the University of Cergy-Pontoise and at Sciences-Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye. I am also a member of the organizing committee of HISRECO (History of Recent Economics Conference) and co-organizer of the History of ‘Economics as Culture’ workshop.
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Paul Samuelson was notorious for many things, but also, like Marshall, for spending most of his academic life in the same institution.
As part of the tremendous promotion campaign for the 8th edition of his textbook Economics, Samuelson was devoted a feature in the New York Times (February 5, 1970, p. 41).
Some time ago, my colleague and dear friend (nevertheless!) Loïc Charles wrote on the previous version of the Playground, a very nice and intriguing post on Samuelson’s introductory textbook, Economics, and TV Series.
Last week, I spent a few days in the Dalton-Brand Research Room, at Duke University, skimming through the Samuelson papers.