Assistant Professor in Economics
D - 6 East 16th Street
Clara E. Mattei is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department of The New School for Social Research, and was a 2018-2019 member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Studies.
Her research contributes to the history of capitalism, exploring the critical relation between economic ideas and technocratic policy making. She recently published her first book, The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism (University of Chicago Press, November 2022). It investigates the origins of austerity after the WWI crisis to understand its logic as a tool of reaction against alternatives to capitalism.
She is currently working on a book project which critically reassesses the Golden Age of Capitalism (1945-1975) and its Keynesianism through the lens of austerity capitalism.
Visit her website (claramattei.com) for her recent current public engagement, especially concerning present day deflation to counteract mobilized labor.
PhD (jointly), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSUP) and Université de Strasbourg, Ecole Doctorale Augustine Cournot in Strasbourg
MA in Philosophy, Pavia
BA in Philosophy, Cambridge
The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism (University of Chicago Press, November 2022
"Going Up and Down: Rethinking the Empirics of Growth in the Developing and Newly Industrialized World. Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 28(4), 749-784, 2018. With Franceso Lamperti.
“Early Women Economists at Columbia University Contributions in the Struggle for Labor Protection in the Lochner Era”, chapter in Routledge Handbook of the Women's History of Economic Thought, Kirsten K Madden and Robert K Diamond Editors, Routledge, 2018.
"Hawtrey, Austerity and The 'Treasury View, 1918-25," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 40(4), 2018.
“Treasury view and post-WWI British austerity: Basil Blackett, Otto Niemeyer and Ralph Hawtrey,” Cambridge Journal of Economics, Volume 42, Issue 4, 14 July 2018, Pages 1123–1144
"Austerity and Repressive Politics: Italian Economists in the Early Years of the Fascist Government 1922-1925", European Journal of the History of Economic Thought (EJHET), Vol. 24:5, 2017.
"The Guardians of Capitalism. International Consensus and Fascist Technocratic Implementation of Austerity", Journal of Law and Society (JLS), Vol. 4:1, 2017
"A Decade After: a New Orography of Growth Patterns", LEM Working Paper, forthcoming on The Journal of Evolutionary Economics, co-authored with Francesco Lamperti.
Post-WWI monetary and fiscal policies, history of economic thought and methodology
Awards And Honors
Young Scholar Award of the History of Economics Society (June 2015) for the working paper presented at the annual conference: "The Guardians of Capitalism. International Consensus and Fascist Technocratic Implementation of Austerity"
Young Scholar Award off the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (May 2015) for the working paper presented at the annual conference: "Austerity and Repressive Politics: Italian Economists in the EarlyYears of the Fascist Government 1922-1925’