Doctoral Fellow

Doctoral Fellow Pablo ZamithPablo Zamith

Discipline: Sociology
Supervisor: Olivier Godechot, Paul Sabourin
Enrolled: October 2014
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The Making of Economists: A Transatlantic Investigation

In both Canada and France, the respective governments have recently commissioned expert guidance to conceive and engage in new reforms in order to pursue various objectives: diversifying the schools of economic thought represented in the classroom, improving the "economic literacy" of the students, and expanding students' future prospects. Yet, as of today, there is very little academic literature assessing precisely how, where, by whom, and to whom economics is currently being taught. This state of affairs is the motivation behind this doctoral project. Based on multi-site fieldwork that will encompass both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, it aims at exploring the training of economists in Canada and France and intends to make a distinctive contribution to our understanding of the formation of opinions and attitudes.

First of all, this project will put together a careful description of the economics curricula in contemporary France based on a unique dataset which exhaustively gathers the educational material of all 75 universities. Secondly, it will concentrate on analyzing both the recruitment and the careers of the teaching personnel in these universities with the help of historical data (1985–2015) provided by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Though not restricted to one single hypothesis, it will try to uncover the institutional processes that may have contributed to promoting or disqualifying certain schools of thought within the central paradigm. Finally, monitoring a panel of 800 French and Canadian students from various disciplines throughout their educational pathways, this project intends to show the impact of certain variables (such as the gender and socio-economic background of students, the internal organization of the program, and the degree of mathematization of the curriculum) on the scientific trajectories of young economists and their entry into the labor force, within or outside of academia. Additionally, using longitudinal data, this project will address a number of important questions, such as whether mainstream economics programs select students who hold a pro-market view or convert them to those opinions; how great the influence of peers is; what role the college student's career expectations play in acquiring or rejecting certain opinions; and how school socialization interacts with prior political socialization within a student's family.


Menger, Pierre-Michel, Colin Marchika, Simon Paye, Yann Renisio and Pablo Zamith. 2017. "La contribution des enseignants du secondaire à l’enseignement supérieur en France Effectifs, affectations, carrières (1984-2014)." Revue française de sociologie 58(4), 643-677.

Zamith, Pablo and Yann Renisio. 2015. "Proximités épistémologiques et stratégies professionelles: Qualifier l'interdisciplinarité au CNU, 2005-2013." Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, 2015/5, No. 210: 28-39.

Bertoux, Maxime, Leonardo Cruz de Souza, Pablo Zamith, Bruno Dubois and Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde. 2015. "Discounting of Future Rewards in Behavioural Variant Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer's disease." Neuropsychology 29(6): 933-939.

Deforge, Quentin and Pablo Zamith. 2014. "Fiches thématiques: Portrait des étudiants, carrières des corps enseignants et structuration de la recherche en économie." Pp 67-134, in: Rapport sur l'avenir des sciences économiques à l'Université en France, Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur (ed.). Paris: Ministère de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche.

Zamith, Pablo (with members of the Peps-Économie Students' Association). 2014. "The Case for Pluralism: What French Undergraduate Economics Teaching Is All About and How It Can Be Improved." International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education 5(4): 385-400.

Zamith, Pablo (with members of the Peps-Économie Students' Association). 2013. "L'enseignement de l'économie dans le supérieur: Bilan critique et perspectives." L'Économie politique 58(2). 6–23.

Conferences Visited

  • July 2, 2015: 6ème Congrès de l'AFS (Association française de sociologie). "Combiner analyse de réseaux et ethnographie ou comment enquêter avec une liste de noms. Le cas de la nébuleuse communiste dieppoise." Réseau thématique n°20: Méthode, Université de Versailles St-Quentin
  • June 24, 2015: 13ème Congrès de l'AFSP (Association française de science politique). "'Mais qu'allez-vous faire de tous nos noms?' Une utilisation de l'analyse de réseaux pour formaliser l'espace militant des communistes dieppois entre 1965 et 1982." Section thématique n°11: A Dynamic Cartography of Activist Spaces. Theoretical and Methodological Issues, IEP d'Aix-en-Provence
  • May 11, 2015: Colloque de la Chaire de sociologie du travail créateur. "Typologie des trajectoires professionnelles dans l'enseignement supérieur français", avec Pierre-Michel Menger, Colin Marchika, Simon Paye et Yann Renisio. Intitulé du colloque: Le travail et l'emploi scientifiques: carrières, organisations et marchés en transformation, Collège de France
  • December 13, 2014: 4ème conférence internationale du RESUP (Réseau d'étude sur l'enseignement supérieur). "La dimension académique des relations scientifiques: apports de la construction d'un espace disciplinaire à l'aide d'une mesure relationnelle non-bibliométrique", avec Yann Renisio. Panel: Les savoirs scientifiques: circulations et frontières. Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon
  • November 8, 2014: 26th EAEPE Annual Conference (European association for evolutionary political economy). "The Sexual Division of Scientific Labor in Economics: Insights From a Socio-morphological Approach to Students' Epistemic Orientations." Panel: The Social Logics of Economics. Université de Chypre
  • May 16, 2014: 82e congrès de l'Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir). "Collecter, traiter, modéliser: une division sociale du travail scientifique en économie?" Panel: Sociologie de la connaissance économique. Université de Concordia


  • Third year of bachelor degree, quantitative methodolgy, with Simon Paye, Traitement informatique des données statistiques II: régression linéaire et logistique, Université Versailles-St-Quentin (30h), Winter 2015
  • First year of bachelor degree, classical and contemporary theory, Introduction à la sociologie, Sciences Po Paris (24h), Winter 2015
  • Second year of bachelor degree, qualitative methodology, Analyse des données qualitatives II : théorisation ancrée et analyse du discours, Université de Montréal (24h), Winter 2014
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