Call for contributions: Workshop on Money Doctors: monetary theory and reforms

Workshop on Money Doctors, monetary theories and monetary reforms. Banque de France, 14-15 March 2019. Preparatory for a session proposal at the World Economic History Congress 2021 (Paris)

We are pleased to announce that we will hold a workshop on “Money Doctors” on 14-15 March 2019 in Paris. Having had a fruitful discussion in WEHC 2018 in Boston, we are planning to launch the next round of forum, to further extend and deepen our discussion. This time, we propose to focus on the role of “money doctors” in the broader sense of “a person who, with theoretical and practical knowledge, advises on how to build a stable monetary and financial system.” We seek papers dealing explicitly with how money doctors have discussed a concrete case, the theories they have used to argue and a discussion of the solution they have found or the conclusions they have reached.

Great thanks to Vincent Bignon, we will meet at Banque de France, Paris, on 14-15 (Thurs.-Fri.) March 2019.

We are happy to talk on your ongoing research which some of you already presented in Boston, brief ideas for future study, and/or organization of our forum as a whole (conference, book project, special issue in some journal, etc.)

Send an abstract of at least 500 words to or DEADLINE: February 15th 2019

Just for your information, here is an excerpt from the session proposal for WEHC 2018 in Boston, which is related to our current interest: From Nicholàs de Oresme in the 14th century to contemporary monetary economists and policy makers today, monetary thinkers have played a pivotal role not only in building monetary theories but also in translating the theories into practical reforms. The term “money doctor” is often referred to as an adviser who engaged in implementing monetary reforms. We redefine the term in a broader sense as “a person who, with theoretical and practical knowledge, advices on how to build a stable monetary and financial system.” Advices may have or may not have been implemented, and if implemented, reforms may have succeeded or failed.

Anders Ögren, Andrés Álvarez, Vincent Bignon and Masato Shizume

Andrés Álvarez Associate Professor Economics department Universidad de los Andes – Bogota

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