Conference (call for papers): 20th Annual ESHET Conference, May 26th-28th, 2016, PHARE (Paris, France)

The 20th Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) will take place in Paris, at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 26-28 May 2016. Proposals for papers or sessions on all aspects of the history of economic thought are welcome.

An abstract of about 400 words for a paper and 600 words for a session should be submitted on the conference website (Submission & Registration no later than January 18th, 2016. Note that:

a) published papers are not eligible for submission;
b) only one conference presentation is allowed per person (but more than one submission may be accepted, if involving co-authors who are also presenting);
c) session proposals must conform with a standard format (3 papers, 90 min).

Particularly welcome are proposals of papers and sessions that fall into the ESHET 2016 conference theme: “Inequalities in Economic Thought”. However, papers may be on any topic relevant to the history of economic thought, and are not restricted to the conference theme. Inequalities in Economic Thought Recent controversies over the growing degree of inequality in contemporary societies have brought the topic to the fore in economics. The history of economic thought shows, however, that for a long time economists have taken inequalities into account, debating at length their causes, their nature, their potentially positive or negative influence and the possible ways to overcome them. The issues of inequalities confirm the ESHET’s firm belief that the study of the history of economic thought should in no way be disconnected from current issues in economics and beyond, and could in fact help provide historical perspectives on standard views about the subject. Special attention is granted to proposals that have come across economic thought concerning inequalities throughout its history. Such debates include for example:

  • Issues on discrimination related to sex/age/race
  • The relations between inequalities and justice
  • Inequalities and efficiency
  • Inequalities and efficiency
  • Inequalities and economic development
  • Historical perspectives on the measure of inequalities

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