Dr Maxime Desmarais-Tremblay was a postdoctoral assistant at the Centre Walras-Pareto in Lausanne. He holds a PhD in history of economic thought from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Université de Lausanne. He also holds a Masters in economics & philosophy from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, as well as an MSc in economics and a BSc in mathematics from the Université de Montréal.
Maxime’s research interests are in the recent history and the philosophical foundations of the modern theory of public finance. His research has focused on the contribution of Richard A. Musgrave to the modernisation of public finance and the emergence of public economics. He has conducted extensive conceptual analysis of public goods and merit goods. He is interested in the contextual history of economics, as well as in its philosophical underpinnings, both from the internal perspective of economic methodology, and from the perspective of political philosophy. He is currently devising a new research program on the different ways economists conceptualise the common interest. This will include, among other things, a study of the contribution of Elinor Ostrom to the transformation of economics into a more applied and empirical discipline.
Desmarais-Tremblay, Maxime and Johnson, Marianne. 2019. “The Fiscal Policy Seminar: Its Early Stages” by Richard A. Musgrave. Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, 37C, pp. 147-179. ISSN 0743-4154
Desmarais-Tremblay, Maxime. 2019. The Normative Problem of Merit Goods in Perspective. Forum for Social Economics, 48(3), pp. 219-247. ISSN 0736-0932
Desmarais-Tremblay, Maxime. 2018. The world in the model. How economists work and think [Review]. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 25(3), pp. 493-498. ISSN 0967-2567
Desmarais-Tremblay, Maxime. 2018. Ian Kumekawa, The First Serious Optimist. A. C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics [Review]. History of Economic Ideas, 26(1), pp. 190-194. ISSN 1122-8792
Desmarais-Tremblay, Maxime. 2017. Musgrave, Samuelson, and the Crystallization of the Standard Rationale for Public Goods. History of Political Economy, 49(1), pp. 59-92. ISSN 0018-2702
Desmarais-Tremblay, Maxime. 2015. Wilfred Dolfsma: Government Failure: Society, Markets and Rules [Review]. Journal of Economic Issues, 49(4), pp. 1140-1142. ISSN 0021-3624
Desmarais-Tremblay, Maxime. 2014. Normative and positive theories of public finance: contrasting Musgrave and Buchanan. Journal of Economic Methodology, 21(3), pp. 273-289. ISSN 1350-178X
Desmarais-Tremblay, Maxime. 2014. Angela Kallhoff, Why Democracy Needs Public Goods [Review]. Œconomia, 4(2), pp. 249-253.