Jérôme Sgard
Full Professor
Phone: +33158717082 - jerome.sgard@sciencespo.fr


Jérôme Sgard holds a PhD in Economics from the Université de Paris10 Nanterre and has has joined Sciences Po (CERI) in 2008, first as a Research Professor, then as a Professor in Political Economy. His research interests revolves around the construction and regulation of markets as seen from the bottom-up perspective. Hence the interest for the legal dispute-resolution dimension, and for ‘last-mile’ regulators: judges, arbiters, bureaucrats, IMF officials, etc. Empirical objects include the sovereign debts restructurings, private bankruptcies or the development of early industrial policy in 18th century France. But his main current research project is the history of international commercial arbitration (1880-1980).

Before joining SciencesPo he was a researcher at Centre d’études prospectives et d’informations internationales (CEPII), also in Paris, and an Adjunct Professor at Université de Paris-DauphineDuring the 1990s he worked on economic reforms in Eastern Europe and Russia, and on financial crisis in emerging economies (see L’Economie de la Panique, 2002).



. Courses

     Introduction to Global Economic History (College),

     Growth and Reform in Emerging Economies (PSIA)

     Global Economic Governance (PSIA)


. Recently published

Contractual Knowledge: A Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets, a conference volume edited with G Mallard, Cambridge University Press, feb. 2016. 406 pages.


. Work in Progress

- The Simplest Model of Global Governance Ever Seen ? The London Corn Market (1885-30). To be published in Oxford Handbook of International Governance.

- Liquidity Swaps between Central Banks, the IMF, and the Evolution of the International Financial Architecture (with Pauline Bourgeon). To be published in Oxford Handbook of International Governance.

- From a Multilateral Broker to a National Judge, The Law and Governance of Sovereign Debt Restructurings, 1980-2015. Project ‘A World of Public Debt’, September 2017

- Crises financières: une nouvelle division du travail entre le FMI et les Banques Centrales. November 2017, forthcoming in La Vie des Idées.

- NML v Argentina: la force du contrat. Miméo, December 2017.

- ‘East West Street, by Philippe Sands”, a book review to be published in Critique Internationale.

- ‘Ernst Kantorowicz, a Life, by Robert Lerner’, a book review.

>  in preparation: Oxford Handbook of International Governance and Market Regulation. (co-edited with E Brousseau and JM Glachant).



. Recent articles

- Albert Hirschman – un essai de cartographie intellectuelle. Critique Internationale. 77, December 2017, pp. 141-164.

- Why are Modern Bureaucracies Special ? State Support to Private Firms in Early Eighteenth Century France.  The Journal of Economic History, 77 (4), December 2017, pp. 1144-1176 (with Jean Beuve et Eric Brousseau).

- Mercantilism and Bureaucratic Modernization in Eighteenth Century France. Economic History Review. May 2017, 70 (2), pp. 529-558 (with Jean Beuve et Eric Brousseau).

- Courts at work: Bankruptcy Statutes and Private Ordering in England (17th-18th century). Journal of Comparative Economics. May 2016, 44 (2), pp. 450-460.

- Checks and Balance outside Government: introduction to a Symposium. The Journal of Comparative Economics. May 2016, 44 (2), pp. 400-403.

- A Tale of Three Cities: The Construction of International Commercial Arbitration (1890-1960). in Mallard and Sgard (ed). Contractual Knowledge. Cambridge Press, pp. 153-184. 2016.

- Contractual Knowledge: A Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets - an Introduction. in Mallard and Sgard (ed). Contractual Knowledge. Cambridge Press, pp. 1-59 (with G. Mallard). 2016.

- How the IMF Did It? Sovereign Debt Restructurings during the 1980s.  Capital Market Law Journal. January 2016, 11 (1), pp. 103-125.

- Global Economic Governance in the Middle-Ages: the Jurisdiction of the Champagne Fairs. International Review of Law and Economics. June 2015, 45.

- Money Reconstructed: Argentina and Brazil after Hyperinflation. Brousseau E., and Glachant J.-M (eds). Manufacturing Markets: Legal, Political and Economic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, 2014. 

- Bankruptcy, fresh start and debt renegotiation in England and France (17th and 18th century). in Safley, T. M. ed. 2013. The History of Bankruptcy. Economic, social and cultural implications in early modern Europe. London: Routledge.

- Against International Governance: Bankruptcy Laws and Globalisation, 1850-1930, Jong Christof de, et Niels Peterson, (eds). 2013. Power, Institutions, and Global Markets: Mechanisms and Foundations of World-wide Economic Integration, ca 1850-1930, Cambridge UP. 2013.

- Bankruptcy Laws: East vs. West? dans Debin Ma et Jan-Luiten van Zanden (dir). 2012. Law and Long Term Economic Change: An Eurasian Perspective, Stanford University Press.

Work in Progress

Bureaucratic modernization and economic policy-making in 18th c. France, A history of international commercial arbitration (1880-1980), Law, Courts and Economic development in 19th c. France, Issues contemporary global economic governance (Imf, sovereign debt, emerging economies, etc).

Research Interests

Globalization, Indebtedness, IFM, Arbitration, Political economy

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