Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche

Postdoctoral Research associate

CRASSH, University of Cambridge

Discriminations Expertise Wages Equal Pay Quantification Courtrooms Policy

Beatrice Webb Milicent Fawcett Eleanor Rathbone Kenneth Arrow Gary Becker Phillys Wallace


I work on the history of Labour Economics and Applied Microeconomics, as well as to the more general theme of economists’ expertise, especially in the courtrooms. I am currently working on four projects.

History of the Economics of Discrimination. Since my Ph.D. I try to write a biography of the concept of discrimination before and beyond Gary Becker’s work. I especially focus on the post-war American context, and especially on the confrontation of the human capital framework and the signaling paradigm in the late 1960s.

Measuring Discrimination in Context. I am currently writing a history of the use of measurements of market discrimination in the US courtrooms. Further project include an historical assessment of the “credibility revolution” in Forensic Economics.

Wage Differences in Theory and in Practice. I work in the history of the economic arguments and the economists’ practices in the century-long “equal pay for equal work” controversy in the UK (from the 1920s till the 1970s). I also study the political consequences of wage theories.



  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2021). Review of Giandomenica Becchio, A History of Feminist and Gender Economics. Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Forthcoming.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C., & Cherrier, B. (2021). Margaret W. Rossiter et l’histoire des femmes scientifiques américaines. Zilsel, 8.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C., & Cot, A. L. (2021). Sentiment and Prejudice: Francis Ysidro Edgeworth on Women’s Wages. History of Political Economy, Forthcoming.

  • Vallois, C., Nicolas; Chassonery-Zaïgouche. (2021). ’There is nothing wrong about being money grubbing!’ Milton Friedman’s provocative ’Capitalism and the Jews’ in context (1972-88). History of Political Economy, 53(2).


  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2020). How Economists Entered the ‘Numbers Game’. Measuring Discrimination in the U.S. Courtrooms, 1971-1989. Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 42(2), 229–259.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2020). Race in the History of Economics: The Missing Narratives? A Review Essay on Thomas Leonard’s Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era. Œconomia, 10(2), 333–349.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2020). Introduction: Economists in Court. Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 42(2), 199–202.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C., Cherrier, B., & Singleton, J. (2020). ’Economics is Not a Men’s Field’: A History of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. Working Paper SSRN.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C., Cherrier, B., & Singleton, J. (2020). ’Out in the open’ controversy: Economists’ perspectives on the first gender reckoning in economics. In S. Lundberg (Ed.), Women In Economics. CEPR.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C., Léontine, G., & Levionnois, C. (2020). Quantifier les inégalités entre données d’enquête et données expérimentales: l’évolution du rôle du chercheur dans la construction de la variable “race.” In A. Gramain & L. Fellner (Eds.), L’évidence et l’invisible: questions de méthodes en histoire et en économie. Presses Universitaires de la Sorbonne.


  • Allisson, F., & Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2019). La dette publique: une histoire longue (Special issue). Œconomia — History | Methodology | Philosophy, 9(4), 723–829.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2019). Is Equal Pay Worth It? Beatrice Potter Webb, Millicent Garrett Fawcett and Eleanor Rathbone’s Changing Arguments. In K. Madden & R. Dimand (Eds.), Handbook of Women economists. Routledge.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C., Herfeld, C., & Pinzòn-Fuchs, E. (2019). Impact Factor Pressures, Scientific Practices, and the Place of Survey Articles in the History of Economic. CHOPEWorking Paper 2019-09.2018.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C., Herfeld, C., & Pinzòn-Fuchs, E. (2019). New Scope, New Sources, New Methods? An Essay on Contemporary Scholarship in History of Economic Thought Journals. CHOPE Working Paper 2018-07.

  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C., & Noblet, G. (2019). Antoine Missemer, Les économistes et la fin des énergies fossiles (1865–1931) by Antoine Missemer, Classiques Garnier, Paris, 2017, 225 pp., €28, ISBN 978-2-406-06252-3. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought.


  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2018). Crossing Boundaries, Displacing Previous Knowledge and Claiming Superiority : Is The Economics of Discrimination a Conquest of Economics Imperialism? In M. Uskali, F. P. Manuela, & W. Adrian (Eds.), Scientific Imperialism : Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity. Routledge.

  • Maas, H., & Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2018). Review of Gilbert Faccarello and Heinz D. Kurz (Eds), Handbook on the History of Economic Analysis, 3 vols. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 25(1), 175–182.


  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C., & Larrouy, L. (2017). “From warfare to welfare”: Contextualising Arrow and Schelling’s models of racial inequalities (1968–1972). The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 24(6), 1355–1387.


  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2016). Review of Paul Erickson, Judy L. Klein, Lorraine Daston, Rebecca Lemov, Thomas Sturm, et Michael D. Gordin, How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind. The Strange Career of Cold War Rationality. Revue Européenne Des Sciences Sociales, 54(2), 304–308.


  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2014). Expliquer, quantifier, prouver: une histoire de l’économie des discriminations 1957-2010 [PhD thesis]. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.


  • Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, C. (2013). L’économie des discriminations : conquête impérialiste ou contribution à la théorie des prix. Œconomia. History, Methodology, Philosophy, 3(1), 87–118.