rebecagomezbetancourt-1After completing a dual degree in economics and philosophy in Caracas, I came to France to pursue my studies in the history of economic thought. I first received a Master’s research degree followed by a Doctoral degree at the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne. Staring as an ATER (Temporary Lecturer and Researcher) at the University of Paris 2, Panthéon-Assas and member of the PHARE laboratory, today I am a Head Lecturer at the University of Lumière Lyon 2, and belong to the TRIANGLE center for research.

At TRIANGLE, I’m currently involved with Marion Gaspard in organizing a regular seminar on the history of economic thought as well as with Jean Pierre Potier and Jérôme de Boyer in the organization of a conference on Irving Fisher to take place in October 2011 and the publication of a special number in 2013 in the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought on Fisher . Now, I am writing my habilitation for supervising research under the supervision of Jean-Paul Pollin and organizing with Robert Dimand a session to celebrate the centenary of the publication of Keynes (2013) Indian Currency and Finance for the next American Economic Asociation meeting in 2013.

In my Master’s thesis (University of Paris I, 2003), “The monetary thought of Friedrich von Hayek in the Thirties: Theory of cycles and neutral currency”, I examined aspects of the Austrian economist’s economic thought which exerted a large influence in Latin America. At the beginning of my work on the young Hayek, whose thought differed markedly from that of the Hayek of the Seventies and Eighties in which he advocated the abolition of central banks, I became interested in another  economist who created five central banks in Latin America during the Twenties: Edwin Walter Kemmerer (1875-1945). These events, which took place between 1923 and 1933, and which epitomized the approach of the “money doctors” of the time, was scrupulously analyzed in a book by Paul Drake, a referential work in this field. Gradually, I discovered the major role Kemmerer played both in the development of North American monetary thought as well as in the management of US currency within US colonies and spheres of influence. My interests thus lie in the history of monetary thought during the 20th Century, in particular that pertaining to the Americas.