Research Group has finished the work.
This research program is conceived as a part of a new international and interdisciplinary area of social research joining together sociologists, historians, anthropologists and philosophers engaged in a reflection on social aspects of production and dissemination of the economic knowledge.
The first project of the Group is focused on the history of the general equilibrium theory in 1960-1990s in Western Europe and US, and of its counterpart in the Soviet mathematical economics. This choice is determined by the fact that the notion of equilibrium was crucial during this period for the economics mainstream as well as for the economic-mathematical modeling in the USSR.
This project mainly aims to analyze a role of the notion of equilibrium in economic theorizing during the second half of the XXth century and to elucidate the specificity of conceptual framework of the Soviet mathematical economics. In the later stages of the research, we'll identify different forms of impact of this scholarship on the other forms of economic knowledge and on economic reality (including economic policy, management, business practices and interactions of economic agents).
The originality of our approach, as compared to most existing studies, consists in considering the economic theory as a social institution. Our analysis will be based on interviews with leading Western and Soviet theorists of equilibrium, on economic publications and other types of written sources on the history of economic thought, institutions and organizations, as well as on archive documents and (auto-)biographies of economists.
The results of this collective research will be presented at international conferences and published as preprints and papers.
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