The Many Ways of Doing Economic History, Marc Flandreau

Mon, Dec 3, 2018, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
Dickinson 230
Princeton faculty and students
Economic History Workshop, Dept. of History
Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance

This is the first in a series of talks organized by the Economic History Workshop.

Marc Flandreau's work examines the microfoundations of historical capitalism, particularly the co-evolution of credit, information, and financial systems since 1800. His latest book, Anthropologists and the Stock Exchange (2016), casts new light on the “unholy trinity” of scientific knowledge, power, and finance in Victorian Britain. Flandreau has published extensively on the history of the international monetary system, central banking, exchange-rate regimes, public finance, monetary unions, rating agencies, financial journalism, white-collar criminality, investment banking, and the dynamics of financial crises. Previous works include The Gold Standard in Theory and History (with Barry Eichengreen, 1997), Money Doctors: The Experience of International Financial Advising 1850-2000, (2003), International Financial History in the Twentieth Century: System and Anarchy (with Harold James and Carol-Ludwig Holtfrerich, 2003), The Glitter of Gold. France, Bimetallism and the Emergence of the International Gold Standard, 1848-1873 (2004), The Making of Global Finance 1880-1913, (with Frédéric Zumer, 2004).

He served on the editorial boards of the main economic history journals, which include Journal of Economic History, Economic History Review, and European Review of Economic History. In addition to his scholarly activities, he has also consulted regularly for various bodies including the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of Norway and the Bank of France, and currently advises the Bank for International Settlements’ macro-historical data project, Historical Monetary and Financial Statistics. PhD in Economics, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

The Economic History Workshop (EHW) is a monthly seminar series for Princeton students and faculty interested in the study of economic history. Co-sponsored by Rutgers University and the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance, the workshop provides a forum for scholars to present their findings and receive feedback on their research in a wide array of subfields, such as financial, business, labor, legal, intellectual, technological, and social history. Presenters are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary tools and transcend geographic or temporal boundaries in their research.