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Economics Seminar Series-Guillaume Vallet

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Albert and Vera List Academic Center, #1009 6 East 16th Street , New York, NY 10003

Professor Guillaume Vallet from the  University of Grenoble Alpes (France), and Associate Researcher at the Institute of Sociological Research of Geneva (Switzerland) will present his paper: “A Noble, but Failed, Attempt by R.T. Ely, A.W Small and the German Historical School to influence U.S. Social Science (1890s-1930s)”.

A century ago, the German influence in American Social Sciences, through prominent scholars - -R.T Ely (Economics) and A.W. Small (Sociology) who were educated in Germany -- sought to promote a new kind of social science resting on ethics, pluralistic approaches, and new roles for the State both in the economic and the social spheres. On the whole, they brought significant contributions to the economic and sociological thought. However, the paper argues their “noble attempt” to anchor and develop this approach ultimately failed, in particular starting from the 1920s. We pose in this paper several hypotheses explaining the reasons of this failure, including the weak connection with leading scholars of the New School.

Hosted by the NSSR/Economics Department, the seminar series features lectures, paper and book presentations from prominent Economists.

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