Jérôme Sgard
Full Professor
Phone: +33 (0) 1 58 71 70 82 - jerome.sgard@sciencespo.fr

I graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble and I hold a PhD in Economics from Université de Paris-Nanterre. I joined Sciences Po (CERI) in 2008, first as a Research Professor, then as a Professor in Political Economy (2012). My research interests revolve around the construction and regulation of markets as seen from the micro-level and historical perspective. Hence the interest for the dispute-resolution dimension and for the direct interactions between economic agents and regulators: judges, arbiters, bureaucrats, IMF officials, etc. Empirical objects include sovereign debts restructurings, private bankruptcies or the development of early industrial policy in 18th century France. But my main current research project is about the history of international commercial arbitration (1880-1980), on which I am preparing a book.

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

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Work in Progress

- The IMF, the sovereign debts and global economic governance
- The invention of international commercial arbitration, 1890-1980


  • Teaching

    - Introduction to Global Economic History (College),
    - Growth and Reform in Emerging Economies (PSIA)
    - Global Economic Governance (PSIA)
    - Legal Governance of the Global Economy: an Interdisciplinary Perspective, with Horatia Muir-Watt (Ecole de Droit)

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Main Publications

Work in Progress

- "Courts at Work: Bankrutpcy Statutes and Private Ordering in England (17th-18th centuries)". To be published in Journal of Comparative Economics. [text]

- "How the IMF Did It: Sovereign Debt Restructurings between 1970 and 1989". To be published in Capital Market Law Journal. [text]

- "Mercantilism and Bureaucratic Modernization in Early Eighteenth-Century France". To be published in Economic History Review (with J. Beuve and E Brousseau). [text]

- "Bureaucracy, Collegiality and Public Decision Making in 18th Century France: the Case of State Support to Private Firms". Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Economic History (with J. Beuve and E. Brousseau). [text]

- Contractual Knowledge: A Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets. A conference volume edited with Grégoire Mallard, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

- " A Tale of Three Cities: the Construction of International Commercial Arbitration (1890-1960)." To be published in Mallard and Sgard, Contractual Knowledge (see above). [text]

- "State, Bureaucracy and Economic Development". A symposium edited with Eric Brousseau, to be published in the Journal of Comparative Economics.

Recent Publications

- "Global Governance during the Middle-ages: the Jurisdiction of the Champagne Fairs". International Review of Law and Economics. June 2015, 42. [link]

- "Money Reconstructed: Argentina and Brazil after Hyperinflation". in E. Brousseau and J.M. Glachant (eds). Manufacturing Markets: Legal, Political and Economic Dynamics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 315-332. [link]

- "Bankruptcy, fresh start and debt renegotiation in England and France (17th and 18th century)". in Safley, T. M. (ed). The History of Bankruptcy. Economic, Social and Cultural Implications in Early Modern Europe, London: Routledge, 2013. [link]

- "Against International Governance: Bankruptcy laws and globalisation, 1850-1930", in Jong Christof de, and Niels Peterson, (eds), Power, Institutions, and Global Markets: Mechanisms and Foundations of World-wide Economic Integration, ca 1850-1930, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 40-60, 2013. [link]

- "Delegation without Borders: On Individual Rights, Sovereignty, and Global Order", Global Constitutionalism.1 (3), pp. 450-484, 2012 (with E. Brousseau). [link]

- "Bankruptcy Laws: East vs. West?" in Debin Ma and Jan-Luiten van Zanden (dir), Law and Long Term Economic Change: An Eurasian Perspective, Stanford, Stanford University Press, pp. 198-220, 2011. [link]

- "L'Economie des défauts de paiements souverains". in Audit Mathias (ed). Insolvabilité des Etats et dettes souveraines. Paris: LGDJ, pp. 25-40. 2011. [link]

-"Bargaining on law and bureaucracies, a constitutional theory of development", Journal of Comparative Economics, 38 (3), pp. 253-266, 2010 (with E. Brousseau et Y. Schemeil). [link]

- "Réguler l'économie mondiale: la methode juridictionnelle, entre biens publics et pratiques privées." in W. Eberwein et Y. Schemeil (eds), Normer le monde, Paris, L'Harmattan. 2009.[link]

- "Qu'est-ce qu'une économie émergente, et est-ce un concept utile pour les sciences sociales ?", in C Jaffrelot (ed). Les Pays émergents, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, pp. 41-54. 2008 [link].  English translation, Hurst, 2009. [link]

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