Scholar in Residence at the MPIfG

Each year the MPIfG invites a distinguished scholar in the field of political science, economics or sociology to spend three to six months at the institute. Scholars in residence are known for their outstanding academic achievements and pursue a particular research project that coincides with the research conducted at the MPIfG.
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Robert Boyer Is Scholar in Residence 2014/2015


The economist Robert Boyer, Paris, will be the MPIfG Scholar in Residence for the 2014/2015 winter term. He presently is an Associate Researcher at the Institut des Amériques, Vanves, France. He was a Research Director (Directeur de recherche) at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Professor (Directeur d’études) at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and has worked at the Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications (CEPREMAP). His major fields are: institutional and historical macroeconomics, innovation and growth analysis, labor markets and wage labor nexus, international comparisons of capitalisms, European integration, financial crises, and the history of economic doctrines and theories. Since the early 1970s, he has been a contributor to the Regulation Theory that investigates the factors that shape the institutional and technological long-term evolutions of capitalist economies.

Selected Publications | Lecture Series

He is currently working on a book, provisionally entitled "An analytical and social history of macroeconomic theory since John Maynard Keynes" and studying the long-term dynamics of the Chinese economy as step towards a possible generalization of the Regulation Theory that emerged from the confrontation between some key Marxist hypotheses and the American and French long run trajectories.
For more information on Robert Boyer, his curriculum and list of publications see the websites: and


Selected Publications

  • Change and Not Only Reproduction: Pierre Bourdieu’s Economic Anthropology and Regulation Theory. In: Asimina Christoforou/Michael Lainé, Re-thinking Economics. London: Routledge, 2014.
  • Les capitalistes détruiront-ils le capitalisme? Paris: Economica, 2011.
  • The Quest for Theoretical Foundations of Socio-Economics: Epistemology, Methodology or Ontology? In: Socio Economic Review 6(4), 733-746 (2008).
  • Regulation Theory: The State of Art (with Yves Saillard, eds.). London: Routledge, 2001.


Scholar in Residence Lectures 2015

In his lecture series "Economic Theory Facing Major Changes and Systemic Crises: An Analytical and Social History of Macroeconomics" Robert Boyer challenges the view held by many theorists and politicians that the current eurozone crisis is something exceptional and therefore of little consequence to economic theory and will discuss possible reasons why economists were unable to anticipate the crisis in time. The lectures will be on April 15, 22 and 29, 2015.


Past Scholars in Residence


Francesco Boldizzoni

Professor of economic history at the University of Turin, Italy

Patrick Le Galès

CNRS director of research at the Centre d'Études Européennes, Sciences Po, Paris

Arndt Sorge

Honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam

J. Nicholas Ziegler

Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley

Bruno Amable

Professor of Economics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Christoph Deutschmann

Professor of Sociology at the University of Tübingen

David Stark

Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University

Jack Barbalet

Professor of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University


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