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|As early as 1941, and parallel to
his functions of State Engineer, he had started to be interested in research in
Economic Sciences. He was marked by the crisis of the Thirties and its dramatic
repercussions. His first publication appears in 1943 : A la Recherche d'une Discipline Economique [In Search of an Economical Discipline]
follow-up in 1947 by Economie et Intérêt [Economy and Interest], which he regards as
being his two fondamental works.
|| He's named
Professor of Economic Analysis at the "Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de
Paris" in 1944, where he will remain until 1968, Research Director at the
National Scientific Research Center (1946-1980), Director of the Economic Analysis Center
as from 1946, Director of the Group of Economic and Social Research (1944-1970). Professor
of Theoretical Economy at the Statistical Institute of the University of Paris
(1947-1968). Let us note one interlude in 1958-1959 that he spends in the Center Thomas
Jefferson of the University of Virginia with the title of Distinguished Visiting
Scolar. Professor at the Institute of the High International Studies of Geneva
(1967-1970). From 1970 and until 1985, he manages the Center Clement-Juglar of
Monetary Analysis of the Paris-X University before taking his retirement in 1980
with the title of Honorary General Engineer with the National Corps of Mines.
|| But, which one
knows less, it is that Maurice Allais has two hobbies: History and Physique.
| The History is a
subject which has always impassioned him. Since 1961, he gets under way a book that he
entitled: Essor et Déclin des Civilisations - Facteurs
économiques. [Essor and decline of civilizations -
Economical factors]. The first version appeared in 1966, but Maurice Allais has
always this work in progress and continues to improve it and enrich it. He there
reviews the history of civilizations and tries to release some common and permanent factors , in particular from the
economical point of view.