European Society for the History of Economic Thought

“Transforming Homo Economicus: The Use of Other Social Sciences in US Economics, 1918–2018” (THE), Workshop at the Ecole no rmale supérieure Paris-Saclay, 10th June, 2

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This workshop is part of a five-year series starting in June 2022 and spanning the year 2022 through 2026. Some fifteen workshops will be held at ENS Paris-Saclay, the Université Paris 8, Cy Cergy Université, the London School of Economics, Duke University and the University of Chicago. The project is funded by CNRS and the partner universities under the "International Research Network" scheme.

This project studies the relationships between economics and other social sciences from 1918 to the present. Concerning the changing nature of these relationships, our working hypothesis is that the image of economics as estranging itself from other social sciences from WWII on obscures its actual transformation over the past hundred years. The gradual shift away from
interwar pluralism to postwar neoclassicism is well-established. What is less known, however, is that economists continued to draw on other social sciences even as their discipline became less pluralistic. Throughout the period, the use of findings and approaches from other social sciences remained inextricably linked with the critique and amendment of economics’ behavioral assumptions. In other words, the use of other social sciences in economics can be regarded as a means for considering its transformation throughout the twentieth century and in the first two decades of the next.

I you wish to contribute or need further information on the project and its forthcoming workshops, please write to Philippe Fontaine at: