Jérôme Blanc is an Associate Professor of Economics at Université Lumière Lyon 2. His works deal with money, mainly analyzed through socioeconomic viewpoint and history of ideas.
Interested in monetary plurality, he published Les monnaies parallèles. Unité et diversité du fait monétaire (Paris : L’Harmattan, 2000). He focuses especially on a particular dimension of monetary plurality, that is, complementary, community or local currencies. On this subject, he co-authored Une économie sans argent : les systèmes d’échange local (SEL) (Paris : Seuil, 1999, directed by J.-M. Servet) and edited Monnaies sociales : Exclusion et liens financiers, rapport 2005-06 (Paris : Economica, 2006). He organized the first international academic conference on this topic in February 2011 (see http://conferences.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/index.php/cc-conf/2011 ). Drawing on the case of community currencies, his works also deal with social and solidarity economy. Regarding the history of ideas, he is editing with Ludovic Desmedt the collective book Idées et pratiques monétaires en Europe, 1517-1776 (forthcoming).
On social economy, he co-edited the collective book Les contributions des coopératives à une économie plurielle (Paris : L’Harmattan, 2012, with Denis Colongo). He collaborates with the Chaire d’entrepreneuriat en économie sociale et solidaire (Chair of entrepreneurship in social and solidarity economy) of the Université Lumière Lyon 2, is a member of the Francophone inter-university network of social and solidarity economy (RIUESS) and a member of the Editorial board of the International Journal of Community Currency Research (IJCCR) and of the RECMA (Revue internationale de l’économie sociale). Since 2010, he is in the board of the Veblen Institute for economic reforms.