Conference (Call for papers): Is Economic Theory Useful?, 6-7 September, 2018, Science Po Lille (France)

A two days international conference dedicated to the question “Is Economic Theory Useful?” will be held in Science Po Lille on 6th and 7th September, 2018.

Economic theory is subjected to a lot of criticism nowadays. It is accused of being unable to give efficient remedies to unemployment, inequalities, ecological perils and financial crises alike – or even of having contributed to these. Has economic theory always been useful? Has it been useful and to what purpose? We aim to distinguish three directions to discuss this theme: the meaning of the question; the history of this question under a practical perspective; the horizon to which this question is driving us.

Please, find here is the full call for papers.

Important points and deadlines

– Abstract proposals (500 words) deadline: 31/12/2017
– Notification of acceptance: 24/03/2018
– Final paper should be sent on: 25/08/2018
– Registration from the (fees €200): 15/05/2018

Scientific Committee

Richard Arena (GREDEG, Université de Nice)
Roberto Baranzini (Centre Walras Pareto, Université de Lausanne)
Antoinette Baujard (GATE Lyon Saint-Étienne, Université de Saint-Etienne)
Egidius Berns (Tilburg Universiteit)
Jean Cartelier (EconomiX, Université Paris-X Nanterre)
Laurent Cordonnier (CLERSE, Université Lille 1)
Ghislain Deleplace (LED, Université Paris 8)
Muriel Gilardone (CREM, Université de Caen)
Christian Gehrke (University of Graz)
Roger Guesnerie (Collège de France, PSE)
Feriel Kandil (AMSE-GREQAM, Aix-Marseille université)
Edith Klimovsky Baron (UAM, Mexico)
Agnès Labrousse (CRIISEA et CMI-EHESS, Université de Picardie-Jules Verne)
Caterina Marchionni (TINT, University of Helsinki)
Patrick Mardellat (CLERSE, Sciences Po Lille)
Goulven Rubin (LEM, Université Lille 2)
Richard Sobel (CLERSE, Université Lille 1)
Ramon Tortajada (CREG, Université Pierre Mendès France Grenoble2)
Richard Van Den Berg (Kingston University London)
Franck Van De Velde (CLERSE, Université Lille 1)

Organizing Committee

Arnaud Berthoud (CLERSE, Université Lille 1)
Annette Disselkamp (CLERSE, Université Lille 1)
Patrick Mardellat (CLERSE, Sciences Po Lille)
Delphine Pouchain (CLERSE, Sciences Po Lille)
Marlyse Pouchol (CLERSE, Université de Reims)
Laurent Steveny (CLERSE, Université Lille 1)

Contact

Patrick.mardellat@sciencespo-lille.eu

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Conference (Call for papers): 4th International Conference Economic Philosophy, 27-29 June, 2018, Lyon (France)

The 4th International Conference “Economic Philosophy” will be held in Lyon (France) from June 27th to June 29th, 2018. It is organized by the research centres TRIANGLE (UMR 5206), GATE Lyon Saint-Etienne (UMR 5824) and IRPHIL (EA 4187). The focus of this international conference is Norms and normativity.

Economists, philosophers and all contributors working on economic philosophy are invited to submit papers relevant to the theme. Economic philosophy papers on others topics are also welcome.

Keynote lectures will be given by:

  • Marc Fleurbaey, University of Princeton,
  • Uskali Mäki, University of Helsinki,
  • Hilary Greaves, University of Oxford.

Please, find here is the full call for papers.

Important points and deadlines

– Abstract Proposals: Abstracts (around 500 words) should be prepared for blind review and sent at sciencesconf.org by November 15, 2017.
– Abstracts and papers can be written and presented either in French or in English.
– Notification of acceptance: Notification of acceptance should be sent on February 9th 2018.
– Full paper: The final version of the paper should be sent on June 15th 2018
– Registration: Early registrations will be accepted till April 27th 2018 and late registrations will be accepted till June 15th, 2018.

Scientific Committee

Sonja Amadae (MIT, University of Helsinki)
Erik Angner (Stockholm University)
Carla Bagnoli (Universita de Modena e Reggio Emilia)
Elodie Bertrand (CNRS, ISJPS, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Constanze Binder (EIPE, Erasmus Rotterdam University)
Kenneth Binmore (University College London)
Geoffrey Brennan (RSSS, Australian National University) 
John Broome (University of Oxford) 
Gilles Campagnolo (CNRS, Université de Marseille)
Mikael Cozic (Université Paris Est Créteil)
Speranta Dumitru (Université de Paris 5)
Franz Dietrich (CNRS & Paris School of Economics)
Jean-Sébastien Gharbi (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
Muriel Gilardone (Université de Caen Normandie)
Sandye Gloria-Palermo (Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis)
Axel Gosseries (Université Catholique de Louvain)
Caroline Guibet-Lafaye (CNRS, ENS, Centre Maurice Halbwachs)
Conrad Heilmann (EIPE, Erasmus University of Rotterdam) 
Cyril Hédoin (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
Herrade Igersheim (CNRS, Université de Strasbourg)
Laurent Jaffro (PHARE, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Fabrice Le Lec (Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Caterina Marchioni (TINT, Helsinki)
Harro Maas (Centre Walras-Pareto, University of Lausanne)
Patrick Mardellat (CLERSE, Science Po Lille)
Claude Ménard (Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Emmanuel Picavet (NOSOPHI, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Claire Pignol (PHARE, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Julian Reiss (Durham University)
Bénédicte Reynaud (Université Paris Dauphine)
Don Ross (University of Cape Town)
Miriam Teschl (EHESS, Université de Marseille)
Stéphane Zuber (CNRS et PSE)
Danielle Zwarthoed (Chaire Hoover, Université Catholique de Louvain)

Organizing Committee

Antoinette Baujard (GATE Lyon Saint-Etienne, Université de Saint-Etienne),
Olivier Brette (Triangle, INSA),
Alexandre Chirat (Triangle, Université Lyon 2),
Clément Coste(Triangle, IEP),
Véronique Dutraive (Triangle, Université Lyon 2),
Judith Favereau (Triangle, Université Lyon 2),
Charles Girard (Irphil, Université Lyon 3),
Pierre Leviaux (Laet, Université Lyon 2),
Philippe Solal (Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne),
Christophe Salvat (Triangle, CNRS).

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Conference (Call for papers): Economic Philosophy investigation of Complexities in Economics, October 2nd -November 30th, 2017 (WEA On-line Conference)

A web-based conference Economic Philosophy: Complexities in Economics will be hosted by the World Economics Association. The Conference Leaders are John B. Davis and Wade Hands. The Discussion Forum period will be from October 2 to November 30, 2017.

Call for papers

There is considerable interest in recent economics in the idea of complexity. There are also many different ideas about what complexity involves, making the subject of complexity itself a complex matter! Thus the plural form – complexities in economics – is purposefully suggested in order to accommodate the following issues in this inaugural conference in Economic Philosophy:

  • the diversity of accounts and conceptions of complexity itself
  • how the nature and content of economics is complex
  • the complex history of economics
  • different approaches to introducing complexity into economics
  • the complex relation between the sociology of economics and its content
  • the complexity of economic philosophy as an interdisciplinary subject
  • the complex interplay between normative and descriptive pluralism

To produce an integrated conference fostering communication between the many ways that people think about complexity, papers contributed to the conference should begin with a brief opening section stating their

This will provide the basis for the organization of the conference sessions, and help to frame the papers’ treatment of complexity for the conference participants.

A partial, non-exclusive list of topics includes:

  • computational complexity
  • cognition and bounded rationality
  • nonlinearities and disequilibria
  • ontological and epistemological pluralism
  • agent-based modeling and complex adaptive behavior
  • emergence, novelty, and evolution
  • heterogeneous agents and expectations
  • reflexivity and feedback loops emergence
  • out of equilibrium and chaotic dynamics
  • big data
  • multiple identities
  • abduction and simulation
  • complexity across different levels
  • bubbles and related phenomena
  • climate change economics and complexity

Submissions

Please send papers with abstracts and keywords to John Davis (john.davis@mu.edu) and Wade Hands (hands@ups.edu) by August 15th, 2017.

Key dates
Deadline for paper submissions: 15th August, 2017
The notification of acceptance will be sent by September 15th, 2017

Discussion Forum: 2nd October to 30th November, 2017

After the conference selected papers will be considered for publication.

For manuscripts guidelines, and complete general guidelines about the WEA Online Conferences, please check:
https://www.worldeconomicsassociation.org/conferences/guidelines/

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Book: Gilles Campagnolo & Jean-Sébastien Gharbi (eds.), Philosophie économique, un état des lieux [Economic Philosophy, An Inventory] (Editions Matériologiques, 2017)

Gilles Campagnolo & Jean-Sébastien Gharbi recently edited a collective book entitled Philosophie économique, un état des lieux [Economic Philosophy, An Inventory] (Editions Matériologiques, 648 pages).

Abstract: En France, la tradition de philosophie économique est brillamment illustrée : la publication d’un « état des lieux » en fournit le référent francophone, un panorama aussi complet que possible afin de s’y orienter. La critique que peut porter la philosophie économique se comprend comme un partage bien pensé entre bon et mauvais usage de la raison, comme méthodologie ainsi que comme ontologie, une discussion du rôle des sciences adjacentes (comme la psychologie), de l’usage des normes, des modes de raisonnement, l’explicitation des bases trop souvent dans l’ombre de l’analyse économique vue en ses champs d’application multiples : simulation, analyse institutionnelle, finance et autres enjeux.

Les contributeurs du présent volume, connus pour leur expertise dans leurs champs respectifs, en proposent un examen représentatif des tendances actuelles. Le collectif ici réuni s’inscrit dans une tradition, celle des Leçons de philosophie économique coordonnées par Alain Leroux et Pierre Livet, qui avait marqué une étape dans ce domaine. La philosophie économique comprise comme mise en question réflexive de la discipline trouve avec le présent état des lieux un nouveau jalon : au titre d’un regard épistémologique, il offre à nouveaux frais la carte d’un champ en plein essor, et ce avec une ampleur renouvelée par les auteurs francophones ici rassemblés. Le but des coordinateurs du volume est de fournir un vade-mecum pour philosophes et économistes soucieux de compréhension mutuelle.

Contributors to this book are: Catherine Audard, Antoinette Baujard, Gilles Campagnolo, Mikael Cozic, Ricardo Crespo, Claude Gamel, Jean-Sébastien Gharbi, Cyril Hédoin, Maurice Lagueux, Pierre Livet, Jean Magnan de Bornier, Yves Meinard, Denis Phan, Emmanuel Picavet, Franck Varenne, Bernard Walliser, Christian Walter, Danielle Zwarthoed.

You can find more details in the flyer and read Gilles Campagnolo’s long interview in the French national newspaper La tribune (in French) about the release of this book.

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Conference (programme): 3rd International Conference Economic Philosophy, June 15th-16th, 2016, AMSE-GREQAM (Aix-en-Provence, France)

The Third International Conference Economic Philosophy will be held in Aix-en-Provence on June 15th and 16th, 2016. This conference is organized by GREQAM, in collaboration with the Philosophy-Economics Network, the International Network for Economic Method (INEM) and the Charles Gide Association for study of history of economic thought. The focus of this international conference is The economic agent and its representation(s).

The complete final program is now available.

Let us remind that the three keynote lectures will be given by:

  • Daniel Hausman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cristina Bicchieri, University of Pennsylvania
  • John B. Davis, Marquette University and University of Amsterdam.

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Job position: Full-time academic position in philosophy and ethics of economics (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

Full-time academic position in philosophy and ethics of economics at KU Leuven

The Institute of Philosophy of the KU Leuven is pleased to announce a full-time academic position in philosophy and ethics of economics. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with a strong research record and proven educational competence.

You can apply for this job no later than September 30, 2016.

The Institute of Philosophy offers academic education in English and Dutch, to both graduate and undergraduate students; it has about one hundred doctoral students. The faculty has an extensive national and international academic network and has an excellent library. Please see the Website unit

Duties:

1) Research

The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy and is expected

  • to pursue a research programme at an international level which is mainly concerned with a critical reflection on the economy from a broadly social and ethical perspective.
  • to set up collaborations inside and outside of the research centre, to support and extend its national and international research networks. In this context, the development of close collaborations with the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven is of particular importance.
  • to acquire competitive funding and supervise PhDs.

2) Teaching

The successful candidate is expected to teach high-quality philosophy and ethics of economics courses. He or she is prepared to teach courses and seminars in Dutch and English, to graduate and undergraduate students both at the Institute of Philosophy and other KU Leuven faculties, more particularly at the Faculty of Economics and Business. He or she will also teach introductory courses in philosophy to large groups of students in Dutch.

Requirements

Candidates are expected to

  • possess a PhD in Philosophy. An additional degree in economics will be considered a strength.The quality of their research in the domain of philosophy and ethics of economics is proven by publications in leading journals and books and through international research experience.
  • have demonstrable qualities related to academic education.
  • have a cooperative attitude and possess organizational and leadership capacities.

Proficiency in English is required.

The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in administrative meetings.

Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch respectively English to the required standard.

Offer

We are offering a full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It focuses on inter- and multidisciplinarity and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.

Depending on his/her record and qualifications, the successful candidate will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor,associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are appointed (tenured) as an associate professor.

For more information, please contact Prof. G. Van Riel (e-mail: gerd.vanriel@hiw.kuleuven.be), chair of the Appointment Committee of the Institute of Philosophy, Kard. Mercierplein, 2, B-3000 Leuven  or Prof. Bart Raymaekers (e-mail: bart.raymaekers@hiw.kuleuven.be), dean of the Institute of Philosophy, Kard. Mercierplein, 2, B-3000 Leuven.
For problems with online applying, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be.
You can apply for this job no later than September 30, 2016 via the online application tool

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PhD thesis defence: Dorian Jullien, June 8th, 2016

On June 8th, Dorian Jullien (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France) publicly defended his PhD thesis entitled A methodological perspective on behavioral economics and the role of language in economic rationality (in English) in Nice (France). You can access the full manuscript here.

Comitee:

Richard Arena (supervisor), Professor, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
Wade Hands (referee), Professor, University of Puget Sound
Annie Cot (referee), Professor, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Matthias Klaes, Professor, University of Dundee
Guillaume Hollard, CNRS Research supervisor, Ecole Polytechnique
Agnès Festré, Professor, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
Christian Hudelot, CNRS Research supervisor and, Directeur de recherche au CNRS and Professor Emeritus, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis

Abstract:

In this dissertation, we propose a methodological perspective on the twofold role of language in economic rationality, economists’ uses of language to theorize it and economic agent’s uses of language to express it, can clarify three main issues (and their connections), underlying the behavioral versus standard economics debates: the issue of the theoretical unification regarding the three dimensions of economic rationality, the issue of interdisciplinarity between economics and Psychology and the positive/normative issue within models of individual behaviors. Regarding the positive/normative issue and the role of language in the behaviors of economic agents, the intention is to provide a constructive criticism of contributions from behavioral as well as standard economists. Following the entanglement thesis of philosopher Hilary Putnam and philosophers-economists Vivian Walsh and Amartya Sen, it is argued that both standard and behavioral economists propose an unsatisfying articulation between the positive and normative dimensions of models of individual behaviors; and that recognizing the entanglement of facts, values and conventions can actually be theoretically and empirically fruitful. Paying some attention to the role of language in the behaviors of economic agents may sometimes show that a seemingly irrational behavior can in fact be defended as rational; hence we argue that, and show how, the implicit axiom — known as ‘description invariance’ — in standard models of individual behaviors preventing the influence of language needs to be weakened (though not dropped entirely), contrary to the positions of most behavioral and standard economists.

 

Dorian Jullien notably published an article entitled “A probabilistic ghost in the experimental machine” (with Nicolas Vallois) in the Journal of Economic Methodology.

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PhD thesis defence: Alexandre Berthe, November 25th, 2015

On November 25th, 2015, Alexandre Berthe (GREThA, Université de Bordeaux, France) has publicly defended his PhD thesis entitled Environmental justice and welfare: an economic analysis of environmental inequalities (in French) in Bordeaux (France).

Comitee:

Matthieu Clément – University of Bordeaux – Supervisor
Pascale Combes Motel – University of Auvergne – Referee
Sylvie Ferrari – University of Bordeaux – Supervisor
Catherine Larrère – University Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne
Gilles Rotillon – University Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense – President
Alban Thomas – Toulouse School of Economics – Referee

Abstract:

This thesis studies the environmental inequalities in an objective of social justice. The first part offers an interdisciplinary definition of these inequalities in order to catch their multidimensional nature and to show their usefulness in environmental economics and ecological economics. Based on a philosophy of economics perspective, the fairness of environmental inequalities is analysed by using different egalitarian conceptions of justice with a consideration of the existence of other societal objectives. Following this theoretical development, the second part is devoted to an analysis of the issues of access to water and sanitation services in the context of Brazil. After a discussion over the situation related to the water and sanitation sector in Brazil, the socioeconomic and institutional determinants of the access to these services are identified using econometric analyses at the household level. These analyses enable to expose key determinants in the perspective of environmental justice including income level and ethnicity. In addition, they show the role of the state level thanks to the use of multilevel models. By using an indicator of the access to water and sanitation services elaborated through a factor analysis, the inequalities associated to these services are then measured by different methods which correspond to each conception of justice developed in the first part.

 

Alexandre Berthe notably co-edited a special issue of the Review of Economic Philosophy dedicated to “Justice and Environment” (with Sylvie Ferrari) in 2015 (link) and published a paper entitled “Mechanisms explaining the impact of economic inequality on environmental deterioration” (with Luc Elie) in Ecological Economics.

You can find further information on Alexandre Berthe on his personal page.

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Book: Bernt P. Stigum, Econometrics and the Philosophy of Economics: Theory-Data Confrontations in Economics (Princeton University Press, 2016)

Bernt P. Stigum recently published a book entitled Econometrics and the Philosophy of Economics: Theory-Data Confrontations in Economics (Princeton University Press, 792 pages).

Abstract: As most econometricians will readily agree, the data used in applied econometrics seldom provide accurate measurements for the pertinent theory’s variables. Here, Bernt Stigum offers the first systematic and theoretically sound way of accounting for such inaccuracies. He and a distinguished group of contributors bridge econometrics and the philosophy of economics–two topics that seem worlds apart. They ask: How is a science of economics possible? The answer is elusive. Economic theory seems to be about abstract ideas or, it might be said, about toys in a toy community. How can a researcher with such tools learn anything about the social reality in which he or she lives?

This book shows that an econometrician with the proper understanding of economic theory and the right kind of questions can gain knowledge about characteristic features of the social world. It addresses varied topics in both classical and Bayesian econometrics, offering ample evidence that its answer to the fundamental question is sound.

The first book to comprehensively explore economic theory and econometrics simultaneously, Econometrics and the Philosophy of Economics represents an authoritative account of contemporary economic methodology. About a third of the chapters are authored or coauthored by Heather Anderson, Erik Biørn, Christophe Bontemps, Jeffrey A. Dubin, Harald E. Goldstein, Clive W.J. Granger, David F. Hendry, Herman Ruge-Jervell, Dale W. Jorgenson, Hans-Martin Krolzig, Nils Lid Hjort, Daniel L. McFadden, Grayham E. Mizon, Tore Schweder, Geir Storvik, and Herman K. van Dijk.

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Book: Philippe Grill, Enquête sur les libertés et l’égalité (Editions Matériologiques, 2015)

Philippe Grill recently published a book entitled Enquête sur les libertés et l’égalité, vol. 1, n° 1 (Editions Matériologiques, 574 pages).

Abstract: Le projet de Philippe Grill est d’enquêter sur les origines et les fondements des doctrines et théories relatives aux libertés et à l’égalité. Son approche est proprement philosophico-économique, au sens où elle s’appuie sur l’une et l’autre discipline. Cette exploration conceptuelle des théories économiques et philosophiques, des hypothèses qui les fondent, des notions qui les irriguent, ou encore des masses de données empiriques aux interprétations multiples, voire contradictoires, se révèle cruciale car c’est à partir de ces doctrines et théories que sont conçues et promues les organisations sociales et les politiques publiques qui déterminent « dans quel monde on vit », en décrétant le possible et l’impossible en ces domaines. L’ouvrage contribue ainsi pleinement aux débats actuels d’éthique sociale en fournissant les moyens de définir ce que pourrait être une organisation sociale « humaniste ».

En effet, si l’on veut changer le monde, il faut le comprendre… Sereinement, pédagogiquement, c’est notamment à cette compré­hen­sion maximale que nous invite Philippe Grill. La somme encyclopédique qu’il nous propose déploie le panorama d’une philosophie économique où sont convoqués les savoirs contemporains issus de nombreuses disciplines (outre les sciences économiques bien sûr, les autres sciences sociales, la logique, l’épistémologie, les sciences cognitives, les neurosciences, la biologie de l’évolution, etc., ainsi que les engagements ontologiques des nombreux penseurs que l’ouvrage étudie). Ici, point de simple juxtaposition de disciplines, mais une architecture des connaissances qui veut montrer que les conceptions idoines sont nécessairement connexes si l’on entend démêler l’écheveau d’un homo œconomicus authentique, renversant le modèle factice que rabâchent les propagandistes de vulgates économiques outrancièrement simplistes et irréalistes. Ainsi, ce livre est un puissant levier de ce mouvement salutaire.

Cet ouvrage de 2 400 pages se compose du tome 1, dont les volumes 1 & 2 sont à paraître respectivement en octobre  et en décembre  2015, et des 3 volumes du tome 2 à paraître courant 2016.

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