Institutions and Historical Dynamics of Economics and Society (IDHES)


IDHES is a research laboratory founded in 1997 at ENS Paris-Saclay and headed by Christian Bessy.

It is also a CNRS joint research unit (UMR 8533) which brings together five universities—ENS Paris-Saclay and the universities of Paris 1, Paris 8, Paris 10 and Evry Val d'Essonne—with CNRS to work on an research programme of European scope.


The laboratory pursues a research programme centred on the historical dynamics of economic and social institutions.

Research at IDHES is organized into four areas: