Welcome to the international and interdisciplinary project on The lighthouse as a public good.

This project focuses on the modes of financing and operating of lighthouses in Europe and its colonies, from the 17th century to the present day, in relation with their nature of collective goods.

The approach is mainly historical, in its object (past periods) or the (sub-)disciplines that are used. Several levels of analyses will be developed such as: describe some modalities of financing in places or times that have not yet been studied, economically analyse these historic modalities of lighthouse-services provisions, link these historic modalities to the contemporaneous structure of the State, study the interaction between political debates on lighthouse-services financing and the contemporaneous economic debates, review the history of the use of the lighthouse example in economics literature and its diffusion in the non-academic world, etc.

This is an interdisciplinary project, which mainly unite economics (history of economic thought, economics of contracts, transport economics, public economics, economics of culture and heritage), history (economic history, history of architecture, history of sciences and techniques, maritime history), law (history of law, law and economics of property rights). This is an international project, uniting researchers from Estonia, France, Sweden and United States.



Lauching workshop


The lighthouse as a public good from the 17th century to the present days

Paris, 21th November 2014

University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Maison des Sciences Economiques, 6th floor

 REGISTRATION REQUIRED before November, 13 (click here)


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Organization committee

Elodie Bertrand, CNRS, PHARE (University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and CNRS)

Marie Daou, University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, PHARE (University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne)

Ariane Dupont-Kieffer, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, PHARE (University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne) 

Philippe Poinsot, University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, LVMT (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée – Ecole des Ponts ParisTech – IFSTTAR)

Nathalie Sigot, University Paris 1, PHARE (University Paris 1Pantheon-Sorbonne)

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