Assistant Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • History of Economic Thought
    • Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics
    • Industrial Organization
    • Caribbean Political Economy
  • Department:

    • Economics
  • Education:

    • PhD, Economics, Université Paris Dauphine


Guy Numa is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Colorado State University, a member of the advisory board of History of Political Economy, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought.

Prior to CSU, Numa was an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, a Research Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and an Arthur Sachs Research Scholar at Harvard University. Numa also served as Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Stony Brook, and Assistant Professor at Université de Picardie Jules Verne (France). Previous appointments include teaching positions at Barnard College, the New School, and Université Paris Dauphine (France).

In his research and teaching, Professor Numa specializes in History of Economic Thought, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Industrial Organization, and Caribbean Political Economy. A common thread through each of these areas is the role and the scope of government in a market economy. Numa’s work has appeared in leading journals such as The Journal of Economic Perspectives, History of Political Economy, The Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and The European Journal for the History of Economic Thought. Numa is the author of a book on the regulation of the railroad industry published by Éditions Classiques Garnier. Professor Numa also co-authored two books on the 2009 social movements in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Professor Numa has been awarded the 2016 Young Researcher Award of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET). The prize is awarded to scholars below the age of 40 in recognition of outstanding publications in the history of economic thought.



2013    Réglementations et concurrence dans les chemins de fer français 1823-1914 (Regulations and Competition in the French Railroad Industry), Paris: Éditions Classiques Garnier (332 p.); reviewed in The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2015, 22 (1):140-44.



2021   “Fred Manville Taylor and the Origins of the Term ‘Say’s Law’.” (with A. Béraud) History of Political Economy 53 (5): forthcoming.

2021    “The Development of Financial Economics in France between the Mid-1970s and the Early 1980s: Import or Rediscovery?” (with F. Jovanovic) History of Political Economy 53 (2): 279-311.

2021    “A Rebuttal of James Ahiakpor’s Fallacies and Misrepresentations of Jean-Baptiste Say’s Writings and Thinking.” (with A. Béraud) Journal of the History of Economic Thought Virtual Issue 2.

2020    “Money as a Store of Value: Jean-Baptiste Say on Hoarding and Idle Balances.”History of Political Economy 52 (5): 925–46.

2019    “Léon Walras’s Theory of Public Goods: Toward an Organic View of the State.” (with A. Béraud) Journal of the History of Economic Thought 41 (4): 553-72.

2019    “Jean-Baptiste Say on Free Trade.” History of Political Economy 51 (5): 901-34.

2019    “Lord Keynes and Mr. Say: A Proximity of Ideas.” (with A. Béraud) Journal of Economic Perspectives 33 (3): 228-42.

2018    “Keynes, J.-B. Say, J. S. Mill, and Say’s Law: A Note on Kates, Grieve, and Ahiakpor.” (with A. Béraud) Journal of the History of Economic Thought 40 (2): 285-89.

2018    “Beyond Say’s Law: the Significance of J.-B. Say’s Monetary Views.” (with A. Béraud) Journal of the History of Economic Thought 40 (2): 217-41.

2017    “Charles Coquelin and Jules Dupuit on Banking and Credit.” Journal of the History of Economic Thought 39 (2): 239-56

2016    “The Monetary Economics of Jules Dupuit.” European Journal of the History of Economic Thought 23 (3): 453-77.

2013    “On the Origins of Vertical Unbundling: the Case of the French Transportation Industry in the 19th Century.” European Journal of the History of Economic Thought 20 (3): 426-38.

2012    “Dupuit and Walras on the Natural Monopolies in Transport Industries: What They Really Wrote and Meant.” History of Political Economy 44 (1): 69-95.

2010    “J. S. Mill on Natural and Practical Monopoly.”Revue Économique 61 (2): 341-52.

2009    “Agency Theory and French Railroad Concessions in the 19th century.” Revue d’économie industrielle, 125 (March): 105-28.


Book Chapters

2018    “Colonial Heritages and Continuities in Guadeloupe and Martinique: An Economic Perspective.” In S. Chauvin, P. Clegg, and B. Cousin, eds., Euro-Caribbean Societies in the 21st Century. Offshore finance, local élites and contentious politics. London: Routledge, pp. 101-13.

2009    “Les départements d’Outre-mer: des économies sous tutelle.” In L. Laventure, ed., La révolution antillaise. Paris: Eyrolles, pp. 29-48.


Book Reviews

2021    Review of Marginalism, by Bert Mosselmans. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought 28 (3): 493-95.

2020    Review of Classical Economic Theory and the Modern Economy, by Steven Kates. Economic History Association EH.Net (November 2020).