François Allisson

historian of economic thought


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My name is François Allisson (@F_Allisson on Twitter) and I am a scholar in history of economic thought. I work as a senior lecturer (Maître d'enseignement et de recherche) at the Centre Walras-Pareto at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

Trained as an historian of economic thought with a background in economics my research interests encompass the whole history of Russian economic thought, with a special emphasis on the theories of value and prices at the end of the imperial period and the beginning of the Soviet era (1870s–1920s). Altogether the theories of value, distribution, money, crises, accumulation of capital and planning are of interest for me, and consequently I am diving into the various schools and blends of classical political economy, Marxism, and marginalism. When I am not working on Russian economic thought, I am looking at the history of the Lausanne School, and I am reading and writing on Maurice H. Dobb.

Besides research, I like my teaching activities. Among them, I give a course on the history of contemporary economic thought (in French) for students in political sciences, which covers the history of macroeconomics since Keynes’s General Theory, in both the mainstream and heterodox traditions. I also teach macroeconomic modelling with a history of thought perspective, introductory macroeconomics, and give lectures for the master in political sciences at the University of Lausanne (2015-2016 on the EUR-CHF exchange rate; 2016-2017 on public debt).

I also teach history of economic thought at the École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. In Spring 2017, my course there will carry the title: “The Accumulation of Capital from Rosa Luxemburg to Joan Robinson”, covering exclusively women economists.

As a member of the Centre Walras-Pareto, I organise its seminars (Séminaires du Centre Walras-Pareto), and take care of the Clément Juglar archives. At the University of Lausanne, I campaign for the defence of the interests of the intermediate research and teaching academic functions (ACIDUL).

I was recently elected Vice-President of the International Walras Association. Among other activities, I am Adjunct General Secretary of the Association Charles Gide (the French association for history of economic thought) and a Managing Editor of Œconomia (History | Methodology | Philosophy).

Recent news

I was awarded the ESHET Best Book Award 2016 for my book on 
The joint Russian-Swiss project, funded by the Russian Humanitarian
Foundation and the Swiss National Science Foundation has started on 
1st October 2016. The project on the economist Nikolay Ivanovich 
SIEBER will be done by a Russian team, headed by Danila Raskov in 
St. Petersburg, and by a Swiss team in Lausanne, that I will lead.
Federico D'ONOFRIO just joined the project in Lausanne. Welcome