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Residency Dates: September 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023

Biography

Olivier Pilmis

Olivier Pilmis is a tenured researcher in sociology at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and a member of the Center for the Sociology of Organizations. His research is centered on the study of macroeconomic forecasting. It aims to address the conditions needed for a legitimate discourse about the future and the emergence of rational beliefs.

During his time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Pilmis will continue research on economic forecasting with a specific focus on the obstacles to forecasting in times of crises, through the comparison between the Covid-19 pandemic and the Great Depression in the US context. Pilmis’s research is funded by a Visiting Scholar Grant from the Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange Fulbright Program.

Pilmis received his Ph.D. in sociology from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in 2008.

Affiliations

  • Researcher, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Center for the Sociology of Organizations (CSO)
  • Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Foreseeing in the dark: Depicting the future of the economy in the face of crises

Discipline

Sociology

Areas of Expertise

Economic Sociology
Sociology of Expertise
Science and Technology Studies
Future Studies

Select Publications

Pilmis, Olivier. “The Dynamics of Expectations. The Inscription of Expectations in Their Past Trajectories.” Futures past. economic forecasting in the 20th and 21st Century, 2020, 163–89. https://doi.org/10.3726/b16817

Pilmis, Olivier. “Une Science De La Prévision Économique?” Regards croisés sur l'économie 29, no. 2 (2022): 211–19. https://doi.org/10.3917/rce.029.0211

Pilmis, Olivier “Escaping the Reality Test: How Macroeconomic Forecasters Deal With 'Errors'” Uncertain Futures. Imaginaries, Narratives, and Calculation in the Economy, 2018, 124-143. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198820802.003.000

 
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