My dissertation was a comparative analysis of the worldviews (science and values) of Gunnar Myrdal (published paper), Milton Friedman (published paper // final draft) and Jacob Marschak (published paper// final draft)
My current project, funded by INET and the CHOPE, deals with the tranformation of economics between the mid-1960 and the mid-1980s. I’m particularly interested in the rise of applied economics in these years (at least in prestige). Roger Backhouse and I have organized a conference on the topic, whose papers will be published in History of Political Economy in December 2017 (here is the introductory chapter). I work on several case studies to understand this transformation: the history of the JEL codes, and how they came to embody the core/applied structure of economics, the rise (and fall) of urban economics in 1965-1975, the transformation of Musgrave’s public finance into modern public economics, how collective decision became a marginal subject in economics (pub // draft, joint with Jean-Baptiste Fleury), and the history of the MIT-Fed-Penn macroeconometric model. With Andrej Svorenčík, I’ve also tracked changes in the postwar intellectual and prestige structure of economics through the history of the John Bates Clark medal.
Trying to grasp the development of economists’ applied identity has recently led me to examine the relationships between economics, engineering, and food and agricultural economics at the University of Stanford (with Aurélien Saïdi) and the various species of applied economics developed at the University of Minnesota in the 1970s and 1980s. I’m also studying the effects of the rise of applied economics on the status and representation of women in economics science: with John Singleton and Cleo Chassonery-Zaïgouche, I’m working on a history of the CSWEP.
Together with Aurélien Saidi, I have also written a history of the sunspots literature.
Contact: beatrice.cherrier (at) gmail.com