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.
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