Università di Bologna
Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche is a historian of economic thought. She works on the history of discrimination and its real-world consequences. Her main areas of research are the history of labour economics with a focus on inequalities, and the relation between economics, expertise, and policy.
Her work shows how economists qualify and separate inequalities either into legitimate differences or unfair discriminations and how this distinction evolved since the end of the 19th Century. Through her work as part of the project 'Expertise under pressure' at CRASSH, Cambridge (2019-2022), she commenced her line of research on the relationships between economics (labour, gender, agglomeration) and policy since the 1970s in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She additionally studies the entangled nature of epistemic, political, and ethical values and how this translates into purposefully value-free knowledge. Her current focus is on the 'equal pay for comparable work' controversy in the British context since the 1940s.
Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche studied Politics and Social Sciences at Sciences Po Lille (France) and Economics at Savitribai Phule University in Pune (India). She holds a PhD in Economics from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). She held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and at CRASSH, University of Cambridge where she was also a fellow at Fitzwilliam College (United Kingdom). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the History of Economics at the University of Bologna (Italy).
Women and Economics: New Historical Perspectives, with E. Forget and J. Singleton, annual supplement, History of Political Economy, 2022.
Sentiment and Prejudice: Francis Ysidro Edgeworth on Wage Determination, with A. L. Cot. History of Political Economy, 53(5): 799-832, 2021.
Milton Friedman's Provocative 'Capitalism and the Jews' in Context, 1972- 1988, with N. Vallois. History of Political Economy, 53(2): 313–345, 2021.
Economists Entered the 'Number Games': Measuring Discriminations in the U.S. Courtrooms, 1971-1989. Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 42(2): 229-259, 2020.
Race in the History of Economics: The Missing Narratives? On Thomas Leonard, Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics & American Economics in the Progressive Era. Review Essay. OEconomia, 10(2): 333-349, 2020.