Conference (Call for papers): 3rd International Conference “Economic Philosophy”, 15-16 June, 2016, GREQAM (Strasbourg, France)

The 3rd International Conference Economic Philosophy will be held in Aix-en-Provence on June 15-16, 2016. It is organized by GREQAM, in collaboration with the Philosophy-Economics Network. The focus of this international conference is The economic agent and its representation(s). We support all contributors working on economic philosophy to submit papers relevant to the theme. Other contributions from economic philosophy are welcome.

The program will consist of both contributed papers and keynote lectures given by:

  • Daniel Hausman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cristina Bicchieri, University of Pennsylvania.

Theme of the conference developed

It goes without saying that how the “economic agent” is represented does matter to the utmost. It matters as much for economic theory as for empirical investigations that are based upon such models. It matters in the way institutions emerge, as to how societies get organized, and for the many devices contributing to the “general good” (whether they appear spontaneously, or are pragmatically and purposely created). It matters also for correcting incomplete or missing markets.

As economics represents and models society, economic analysis relies on ‘representational tools’ towards a better understanding of the economic world. Hence, how to represent the economic agent plays a crucial role and remains in all cases of major significance. The economic agent can be displayed in many ways, such as maximizing agent, possibly contrasted with rationally bounded (or “located”) agent, representative agent, possibly contrasted with agent of the agent-based modeling, and many others. The different kinds of representation can be complementary or can be (fully or partly) inconsistent. The various representations of agents imply different representations of the market(s), of the institution(s), and of ‘spheres’ where agents appear (spheres of interaction, spheres of justice and spheres of power), spheres where are different from markets.

From a philosophical point of view, what are the assumptions and implications of the use of the representative agent as it is developed in the frame of some economic models? Those that use of many heterogeneous agents, so to speak, “interacting”, for instance? What makes a complex world, if not such agents? How (and how much) do origins, cultures and civilizations in which agents are embedded really matter? Does evolution matter as such? Does the brain (only) matter? Do moral values matter (to us)? If some of these queries receive positive answers, what does it imply with respect to agent-based modelling, macroeconomic modelling, econometrics, behavioural and experimental economics, and so many other fields?

This series of questions highlight a huge varsity of representations of the economic agent as well as the need for a wide spectrum of approaches to grasp it as efficiently as possible. As we investigate representational tools dealing with this agent in economic analysis, many levels of philosophical issues come to the fore: ontological, epistemological, methodological, psychological, ethical. Since economic philosophy must – insofar as it is a self-reflective inquiry on theory and practice of economics – candidly face these issues, an articulation and clarification of their practical consequences in terms of choice, justice, welfare (and on many other topics) is needed to depict and represent the economic agent satisfyingly.

The complex network of all these issues will be at the core of this conference. In order to bring clarity about what is at stake in the understanding of the economic agent and its representations, possible topics for proposals can notably include:

– The “individuality” of the economic agent and her rational behavior
– The ontology and epistemology of preferences
– Normative and positive models of the economic agent
– Economic agent, social values and institutions
– Economic agent and moral values
– Economic agent and its identity
– Political aspects of the economic agent
– Public decisions and economic agency
– Agency and efficiency
– Welfarist and non-welfarist approaches of economic agency
– Representation(s) of agents for regulatory purpose

Many other topics may naturally come handy and are welcome. We particularly support the idea of a broad range of contributions to fuel the exchange of ideas and debates.

Abstract Proposals

Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be prepared for blind review and sent to the following address: http://ecophilo.greqam.fr, by March 15, 2016.

Abstracts and papers can be written and presented either in French or in English. Keynote speeches will be given in English. A fair number of parallel sessions will be held in English making sure an open choice of sessions is given whatever the language. Part of the staff will be bilingual.

Proposals for thematic sessions

There is room to organize thematic sessions. Organizers of such sessions are welcome to make themselves known. Please submit your proposals along the same lines (French or English with max. 800 words in this case) by February 28, 2016.

For more details, submission and registration, please visit the conference website http://ecophilo.greqam.fr.

Scientific Committee

Erik Angner (George Mason University)
Richard Arena (GREDEG, Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis)
Antoinette Baujard (GATE L-SE, Université de Saint-Etienne)
Claude d’Aspremont (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
Constanze Binder (EIPE, Erasmus Rotterdam University)
Ken Binmore (University of London)
Lawrence Boland (Simon Fraser University)
Richard Bradley (CPNSS, LSE)
Geoffrey Brennan (RSSS, Australian National University)
John Broome (University of Oxford)
Ricardo Crespo (Universidad Austral)
Franz Dietrich (CNRS & CES)
Ragip Ege (BETA, Université de Strasbourg)
Claude Gamel (LEST, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Nicolas Gravel (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Francesco Guala (University of Milan)
Geoffrey M. Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire)
Herrade Igersheim (CNRS et BETA, Université de Strasbourg)
Alan Kirman (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Maurice Lagueux (émérite, Université de Montréal)
André Lapied (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
André Lapidus (PHARE, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Christian List (CPNSS, LSE)
Pierre Livet (CEPERC, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Alain Leroux (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Uskali Mäki (TINT, University of Helsinki)
Patrick Mardellat (CLERSE, Science Po Lille)
Emmanuel Picavet (NOSOPHI, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Don Ross (University of Cape Town)
Maurice Salles (CREM, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie)
Bertram Schefold (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Bernard Walliser (Paris School of Economics)

Organizing Committee

Gilles Campagnolo (CNRS & GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Philippe Grill (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Feriel Kandil (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Jean Magnan de Bornier (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Jean-Sébastien Gharbi (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne & GREQAM, associate member)

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Seminar: Christophe Schinckus, May 21st, 2015, CES (Paris, France)

On May 21st, Christophe Schinckus (University of Leicester) is invited in the Cercle d’épistémologie économique organised by the economic epistemology department of the Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne (from 6.00 to 8.00 pm, 106-112 Bd de l’hôpital, Maison des Sciences Économiques, room of the 6th floor, Paris). The title of his presentation will be From physics to economics: What is new in the 21th century?“.

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Seminar: Ramzi Klabi, May 20th, 2015, GREQAM (Aix-en-Provence, France)

On May 20th, Ramzi Klabi (GREQAM) will present one of his works in the Economic philosophy seminar organised by GREQAM (from 4.00 to 6.00 pm, meetings room, Campus Ferry, Aix-en-Provence). The title of his presenation will be “L’approche Héréditaire et Relativiste chez Maurice Allais : problème de non-invariance et pertinence des micro-fondements“.

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PhD program: Methods and Models for Economic Decisions, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy

The University of Insubria, Varese, Italy, has launched a new PhD program in “Methods and Models for Economic Decisions.”

The program is entirely in English and focuses on the economics of decision making, but welcomes students with research interests in the history and methodology of the economic theory of decision.

The Program lasts 3 years, and for the a.y. 2015-16 a total of 6 scholarships are available. Each scholarship amounts to approximately €12,500 net per year.

The call for applications will be published in Summer 2015, and PhD courses will start in November 2015.

More info available at: http://www.eco.uninsubria.it/PhDMMED

If you could bring the Insubria PhD program to the attention of your students that would be much appreciated. For further inquiries please contact me ativan.moscati@uninsubria.it

Message sent by Ivan Moscati, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Insubria, Department of Economics.

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Summer School: INEM/CHESS Summer School in Philosophy and Economics, 6th-8th July, 2015, UPV/EHU (Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain)

“Macroeconomics, Microfoundations, and Evidence-Based Social Policy: A Summer School in Economics and Philosophy”

University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain (6-8 July 2015).

The International Network for Economic Method (INEM) and Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS, Durham) will be holding an International Summer School in Economics and Philosophy for graduate students and researchers.

The Summer School is part of the UPV/EHU XXXII Summer Courses and XXV European Courses and continues the series initiated by the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation (UEF).

Lecturers:
·         Kevin Hoover, Duke University
·         Sarah Heilmann, Social Research Unit, UK
·         Attilia Ruzzene, Erasmus University Rotterdam
·         David Teira, UNED, Madrid

More details on the schedule to follow

 Convenors:
·         Julian Reiss, Durham University, UK
·         Conrad Heilmann, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
·         Anna de Bruyckere, Durham University, UK (graduate student assistant)
·         Philippe Verreault-Julien, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (graduate student assistant)
·         Melissa Vergara Fernández, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (graduate student assistant)

Aims:

In the last couple of decades, the economics discipline has become more diverse in its fields of enquiry and especially its methods. Many economists have become a lot more open towards neighbouring disciplines; some now regularly collaborate with psychologists to investigate to provide the behavioural foundations for choice theory and modellers look to alternative approaches from complexity theory and agent-based modelling. Likewise, after the recent financial and economic crises, many economists are striving to rebuild and strengthen the structures that were hit whereas others are taking the opportunity to open their horizons. All these new research avenues and, in particular, the crises have made even more explicit the need for philosophical reflection within the discipline. Issues methodological, theoretical, and ethical are all at the core of the discussion of the causes of the crises, the ways to go back to prosperous paths of growth and employment, and the new approaches.

The aim of the Summer School in Economics and Philosophy is to present a variety of issues in economics in which philosophical reflection is important and useful. It will bring together graduate students with scholars from economics, philosophy and neighbouring disciplines in order to exchange ideas, build a community and strengthen the link between economics and philosophy. This year’s main focus is on reduction and microfoundations in macroeconomics and the use of evidence in the formation and testing of social policies.

Registration:

The Summer School is open to Masters/PhD students and other researchers at various stages of progress on their dissertation project or academic careers.

To register please send us, by June 15, 2015 at the latest, a short CV and motivation statement to Anna de Bruyckere (email: a.m.c.de-bruyckere [@] durham.ac.uk). We will accept applications as they come in, so to be guaranteed a place please apply as soon as possible. We are considering allotting time for student presentations. Whether or not this will fit the programme will depend upon interest and final schedules. If you would be interested to give a brief presentation of your own work, please indicate so in your application. Please note this will not affect the likelihood of obtaining a place.

Registration Fee and Bursaries:

The registration fee for the Summer School is €100. This will cover teaching material as well as lunches and coffee breaks during the event. There are bursaries to help with accommodation expenses in San Sebastián. If you are interested in applying for a bursary, please let us know in your registration letter.

We would like to draw your attention to national sponsorship institutions like the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in the case of Germany, who offer training course scholarships for students. Please contact your university’s international office for further information on scholarships available in your country.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the International Network for Economic Method (INEM), the University of the Basque Country (UPV), and the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE).

Further information: http://chess-centre.org/index.php/chess-events/summer-school-in-economics-philosophy

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Summer School: 18th Summer School on History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History, August 31st – September 5th (Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany)

The Summer School on History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History was established in 1998. In 2015, it is organised by the University of Hohenheim and PHARE, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France) in Stutgart (Germany). This summer school aims:

  • To provide a thematic and specialised formation to PhD students in these fields of study;
  • To guarantee the diffusion and scientific assessment of their work;
  • To provide new approaches and enhance knowledge in contemporary economic analysis;
  • To introduce PhD students to trans-disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences.

In line with this general approach, the Summer School is organized as follows:

  • Seminars presented by invited professors and researchers on the topic “Unemployment and the Social Question”;
  • Workshops where PhD students present their work as written contributions to the debate, discussing them with senior scholars;
  • Tutorials aim at helping PhD students with preparation of their work with a view to its further diffusion and publication.

The Summer School is open to PhD students and young scholars (PhD degree after January 2014) from the fields of History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History. Approximately 30 proposals will be selected for presentation.

Four to six papers will be presented each day on open themes, chosen on the basis of the students’ fields of research, related to the history of economic thought, economic methodology, economic philosophy or economic history. The subjects of the papers may differ from the Summer School’s main theme. The presentations will take place in the presence of the members of the scientific committee and of some invited speakers, thus covering a broad area of expertise. Each presentation will be commented by a discussant, chosen among the young scholars, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Applications

Contributions will be selected from extended abstracts in English of 750 to 1000 words, or full-paper proposals of up to 7500 words. The submission deadline is May 18th, 2015. Abstracts must be sent, together with the application form, a CV, and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, to summerschool18@uni-hohenheim.de.

Applications not including all of the required documents – abstract or full paper in English, application form, CV, and a letter of recommendation – will not be taken into consideration.

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements and pay their travel costs. The registration fee is 120€. Registration fees include accommodation (7 nights, check-in August 30th, check-out September 6th), materials, daily breakfast and lunch and participation to the leisure program.

By mid-June 2015, the Scientific Committee will inform all the applicants about the outcome of the selection process.

Deadline for abstract submissions: May 18th, 2015.
Abstracts must be sent to: summerschool18@uni-hohenheim.de

Summer School Topic: “Globalisation – Past, Present, Future”

Recent years have seen a number of interesting and noteworthy developments in the context of what may be termed “globalisation”. First of all, the financial and economic crisis which started in the years 2007/2008 showed that the world is intimately interlinked, so that even countries which at first glance seemed to be in the periphery of the world economy, or at least not directly connected to American financial institutes, also experienced troublesome years due to decreased world trade and indirect financial linkages to the epicentre of the financial collapse. The financial crisis which originated in the US thus became a global crisis; an initially country-specific event became a worldwide phenomenon.

Despite the apparent dangers and negative consequences of this interconnectedness, the benefits of globalisation are visible as well. For example, countries such as Germany with a high export share in production felt the collapse of world trade in 2008/9 quite severely. On the other hand, however, when the following years saw a resurgence of world trade once again, the same countries experienced a faster recovery, especially in 2010. Are these negative effects of strong interlinkages thus only temporary in the sense that business cycles are globalized, so that a national economic crisis may gain an international dimension, or are there also long-run consequences? And if there are: does globalisation benefit economic growth and lead to increased well-being, or do the potential negative effects predominate?

This question of whether or not globalisation is beneficial, and in what dimension, is also mirrored in political discussions. In the immediate aftermath of the crisis, we could observe that some countries were considering the introduction of barriers to trade (such as tariffs and import quotas), whereas in general, the more recent decades have seen a tendency towards free trade, as especially represented by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Furthermore, the recent negotiations between the European Union and particularly the US about a free trade agreement (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP) on the one hand, and the European Union and Canada (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement CETA) on the other hand, may have long-run and far-reaching impacts for all participating economies. These consequences might be related to employment opportunities, but also to consumer rights and environmental protection.

However, all of these globalisation-related developments are still quite controversial and are confronted with a critical public. The WTO summits were often overshadowed by large protests, especially in Seattle in 1999 and in subsequent years. TTIP is much disputed in many member countries and the European Union in general.

While this introduction may give the impression that globalisation is a more recent phenomenon, a broader historical perspective reveals that by some measures, the world in 1914 was more integrated than after World War II. In some respects, railways, steamships and the telegraph were far more revolutionary than satellite links, the internet, and other current technological changes. However, in the past there were often longer periods in which international trade also decreased markedly such as during the Napoleonic Era (1793 – 1815) and also in the timespan comprising the two World Wars and the Great Depression (1914 – 1945). In sum, the world economy in many respects was much more integrated at the peak of the gold standard before World War I than around 1970. Even comparing the late 19th with the late 20th century, the earlier period was characterized by a much higher degree of migration: Whereas capital is usually considered to be the mobile factor today, a century ago, both capital and labour were mobile factors – with interesting political, social, and economic consequences.

It is thus apparent that globalisation is a complex phenomenon which is not only economic, but also political, technological, and even has a cultural and social dimension. This provides a rich background for a Summer School on the History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History. Primary topics to be discussed in the Summer School are:

Globalisation then and now
Winners and losers of globalisation
The interdependence of technology and globalisation Economic, political and social dimensions of globalisation Globalisation and inequality
Globalisation: financial, goods and labour markets

In this perspective, the 18th Summer School on History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History will give the opportunity of discussing the challenging topic of Globalisation in a multi-disciplinary approach, with the participation of invited professors, researchers and PhD students. The aim of the Summer School is to provide participants with a state of the art of current reflections, such as these mentioned above, emanating from the perspectives of economic analysis, history of economic thought, economic philosophy and economic history. In accordance with the interdisciplinary spirit of the summer school, its aim is also to establish necessary links with recent developments in sociology, psychology and philosophy.

The Summer School’s overarching theme, “Globalisation – Past, Present, Future”, is to be tackled according to the scientific commitments that are the hallmark of this Summer School:

·  A concern for putting the topic within an historical perspective, from earlier debates on the “first wave” of globalisation to more recent discussions.

·  A reflection on the concepts used to deal with political aspects of globalisation: their philosophical foundations and their methodological implications.

·  Interactions with other disciplines as far as the causes and effects (including possible ways for mitigation) of globalisation are concerned.

Scientific Committee

Nathalie Sigot (Phare – Professor, Université Paris 1, France)
André Lapidus (Phare – Professor, Université Paris 1, France)
Harald Hagemann (Professor, Universität Hohenheim, Germany)
Çinla Akdere (Lecturer, Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
Richard Arena (Gredeg – Professor, Université de Nice – Sophia Antipolis, France)
José Luís Cardoso (Professor, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Ragip Ege (Beta – Professor, Université de Strasbourg, France)
Jean-Sébastien Lenfant (Clersé – Professor, Université de Lille 1, France) Jean-Pierre Potier (Triangle –Professor, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France)
Annalisa Rosselli (Professor, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy) Alfonso Sanchez Hormigo (Professor, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)
Michel Zouboulakis (Professor, University of Thessaly, Greece)

Invited Speakers include
– Hans-Michael Trautwein (Professor of International Economics, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Director of ZenTra, Center for Transnational Studies at the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg) on “Globalisation in the History of Economic Thought”
– Sibylle Lehmann-Hasemeyer (Professor of Economic and Social History, with Agricultural History, Universität Hohenheim, Research Affiliate in the Economic History Programme at CEPR) on “Globalisation in Historical Perspective”
– Heinz D. Kurz (Professor of Economics, Karl Franzens Universität Graz, and Director of the Graz Schumpeter Centre) on “The Free Trade Doctrine”
– Muriel Dal Pont Legrand (Professor of Economics, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis and GREDEG CNRS) on “The Development of the Banking System in the first Globalisation”
– Gunther Capelle-Blancard (Professor of Economics, Université Paris 1, Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne) on “Globalization and Finance”

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Series of lectures: John B. Davis, Social Economics and Economic Philosophy, May 19th-May 26th, 2015, REGARDS (Reims, France)

John B. Davis (Marquette University & University of Amsterdam) will give an open series of lectures on the topic “Social economics and economic philosophy” at REGARDS research centre of the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne.

The series will take place from May 19th to May 26th, 2015, with the following schedule:

May 19th, 14h00 (multifunctional room, building 13): “Reflexivity and instability in boom-bust cycles”.
May 21st, 14h00 (room E14, building 13): “Developing health capabilities”
May 26th, 14h00 (multifunctional room, building 13): “Economics imperialism and multidisciplinarity”

John B. Davis is professor of economics at Marquette University and at the University of Amsterdam. He is chief-editor of one the most important journal dedicated to economic philosophy, the Journal of Economic Methodology, and he was used to be editor of the Review of Social Economy.

For any question please contact Cyril Hédoin : cyril.hedoin@univ-reims.fr

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Seminar: Pedro Garcia Duarte, May 18th, 2015, EIPE (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

On May 18th, Pedro Garcia Duarte (University of São Paulo) is invited in the research seminar of the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (from 5.00 to 6.30 pm, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Theil Building, C1-2). The title of his presentation will be From real business cycle and new Keynesian to DSGE Macroeconomics: facts and models in the emergence of a consensus.

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Seminar: Panu Raatikainen, May 18th, 2015, TINT (Helsinki, Finland)

On May 18th, Panu Raatikainen (University of Helsinki) will present one of his works in the Research seminar of TINT (from 2.00 to 4.00 pm, University of Helsinki, Main Building, room 12). The title of his presentation will be “Baumgartner’s new exclusion argument”.

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Seminar: Till Grüne-Yanoff, May 11th, 2015, TINT (Helsinki, Finland)

On May 11th, Till Grüne-Yanoff (Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology & University of Helsinki) will present one of his works in the Research seminar of TINT (from 2.00 to 4.00 pm, University of Helsinki, Main Building, room 12). The title of his presentation will be “Toy Models as Possibility-Identifying Devices”.

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