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).


ESHET 2020 Conference postponed

The 24th ESHET Conference, initially scheduled 28-30 May 2020, is postponed to 24-26 September 2020.

We hope that all of you who were to present a paper at the conference in May will remain committed and will be in Sofia on 24-26 September 2020. The same applies, of course, to the Young Scholars whose papers have been selected.

All paper or session proposals that were accepted for the May 2020 ESHET Conference remain accepted for the September 2020 ESHET Conference. If you wish to withdraw an accepted proposal, please inform the local organizers ( If you would like to present a different paper, you are invited to submit a new proposal via the Sofia Conference website.

We also welcome new papers submissions. The Sofia Conference website is now open for this, and will remain open until May 31, 2020. The decisions of the Scientific Committee will be communicated on 30 June.

The postponement of the Conference and the opening to new submissions has led us to modify the calendar: the deadline for early registration is postponed to August 14, and the final version of the paper is expected on September 10 (see the Sofia Conference website).


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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).


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