The goal of CHEP is encourage cooperation among academics and graduate students conducting innovative historical research on all aspects of economic life. Such research happens in departments of economics, law, political science, and sociology, as well as history, and CHEP activities seek to encourage exchanges across disciplines.
CHEP is based in Sciences Po and will help its graduate students to widen and nurture their international connexions. It will add to the opportunities of mutual visits between the faculties of Sciences Po, Harvard, Cambridge, and the Freie Universität Berlin. It is already supported by the Center for History at Sciences Po (CHSP) and the Center for the Sociology of Organizations (CSO). Research on past economic life in Sciences Po, however, is not and should not be isolated from what happens elsewhere in Paris, and in France generally. CHEP programs will be open to academics and graduate students at other French universities. In connexion with the French Economic History Association (AFHE), it will create or strengthen ties among Paris-based academics and graduate students in various Universities, as well as their ties with scholars abroad.
The Joint Center for History and Economics is based at Harvard University and at Magdalene College and King's College, University of Cambridge. It encourages fundamental research in history, economics, and related disciplines, as well the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance. Since 1991, it has undertaken research projects – for example on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, on Energy History, and on Visualizing Historical Networks – and organized workshops, seminars and exchanges of undergraduate and graduate students.