Saturday, March 12, 2011
The economics profession in France is in many ways different from the economics profession in America. Its institutional situation, political influence, relation to political power and the media are all distinctive. Now, at last, there is a book available to describe and to a certain extent explain these international differences (and the British are also covered, for good measure): Economists and Societies, by Marion Fourcade. Highly recommended. This is of particular interest since France has had at least one prime minister who was a university economist (Raymond Barre) and may have a president who taught economics (but what economics? as Fourcade shows, "economics" is a term that covers a multitude of sins in France) at the ENA (Dominique Strauss-Kahn).