European Society for the History of Economic Thought


"Economic thinking proceeds both by accumulation and elimination. Elimination is not always for the best. The global financial crisis is a vivid example. Many discarded theories turned out to be relevant. More knowledge of history of thought would have prepared us better" (Olivier Blanchard).


24th ESHET Conference

A few months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to postpone the 24th ESHET conference from May to September. Although the situation in Europe has improved considerably and the lockdown measures are gradually relaxed, a lot of restrictions remain in place. It is now clear there are still too many risks and uncertainties to guarantee that we can safely organize our conference in September. We have therefore taken the sad and difficult decision to postpone it again. It will be held on 27-29 May 2021, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

We are particularly indebted for their commitment to the Organizing committee in Sofia and to the Scientific committee. We will do our best to ensure that the work already done is maintained. After the two rounds of paper submissions, we now have a significant number of potential contributions. We hope, of course, that their authors will remain committed to presenting them in Sofia in May 2021. In the mean time, we are working on ways for the authors to share their current work with others and we will soon be in touch with authors about this. Likewise, the Young Scholar awards as well as the ESHET prizes and awards for 2020 will be postponed to 2021 - and will therefore be in addition to those awarded in 2021.

From a practical point of view, registration and other fees already paid for the 2020 conference may be carried over to next year, unless a refund is requested.

I hope we can soon leave these difficult times behind us, and I look forward to meeting you in Sofia in May 2021 for the next ESHET Conference.

On behalf of the ESHET Executive Committee,

André Lapidus
President of ESHET


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The Objectives of the Society

"The objectives of the society shall be to promote:

4.1 teaching and research in the history of economic thought in Europe, taking account of different traditions and languages.

4.2 cooperation with European national economic societies and organisations in the history of economic thought;

4.3 communications and the exchange of ideas amongst European teachers and researchers in the history of economic thought, including conferences, seminars and summer schools;

4.4 the establishment of links with national economic societies and organisations for the history of economic thought outside Europe;

4.5 innovative methods in the teaching of the history of economic thought;

4.6 collaborative research in the history of economic thought on a European basis."

(Constitution of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought, Article 4)

Marc Flandreau - May 23, 2019,
Science Po Lille (France)

This is the keynote lecture delivered by Marc Flandreau (Howard Marks Professor of Economic History, University of Pennsylvania) at the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET).


Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020

Zoom meeting, 25 September 2020, 14:00-16:00 (CET)

ESHET Young Scholars Sessions 2020

Zoom Meeting, 24 September 2020, 17:00 – 19:30 (CET)

24th ESHET conference

Sofia, 27-29 May 2021

ESHET Newsletter 2019

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