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). With Roger Backhouse, I have written a framing paper for a 2016 conference on this topic. 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, and the history of the MIT-Fed-Penn macroeconometric model.
Together with Aurélien Saidi, I have also written a history of the sunspots literature.
Contact: beatrice.cherrier (at) gmail.com