INEM/CHESS Summer School in Philosophy and Economics

INEM/CHESS Summer School in Philosophy and Economics

Agency, Policy and the Future of Macroeconomics: A Summer School in Economics and Philosophy”, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, 21-23 July 2014

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). 


  • Alan Kirman, University of Aix-Marseille, France
  • Till Grüne-Yanoff, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Natalie Gold, Kings College London, UK


  •  Julian Reiss, Durham University, UK
  • Conrad Heilmann, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Anna de Bruyckere, Durham University, UK (Grad Student Assistant)


The recent financial crisis has shattered the economics discipline like an earthquake. Whilst many economists are striving to rebuild and strengthen the structures that were hit others are taking the opportunity to open their horizons. Economists are often being blamed for having contributed to the crisis, even by prominent members of the profession: the economics profession went astray because economists… mistook beauty… for truth’ (Krugman 2009); economists killed Americas economy’ because of unrealistic models (Stiglitz 2009), and that the Crisis has made clear a systemic failure of the economics profession’ as it had systematically disregarded key factors responsible for outcomes such as the Crisis (Colander et al. 2009).

At the same time, many economists have become at lot more open towards neighbouring disciplines. Some now regularly collaborate with psychologists to investigate to provide the behavioural foundations for choice theory. Even mainstream economists such as Greg Mankiw now urge the importance of political philosophy for their discipline. Modellers look to alternative approaches from complexity theory and agent-based modelling.

The aim of the Summer School in Economics and Philosophy is to present a variety of new insights from this exciting new work from the fringes of economics. It will bring together graduate students with scholars from economics, philosophy and neighbouring disciplines in order to exchange ideas, build a community and strengthen ‘economics and philosophy’ as an independent and diverse research field. This years main focus is on complex systems approaches in macroeconomics, the modelling of agency and behavioural policies.


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 at the latest, 2014, a short CV and motivation statement to Anna de Bruyckere (email: [at] We will accept applications as they come in, so to be guaranteed a place let us know as soon as possible.

Registration Fee and Bursaries:

Participation in the Summer School is free of charge. There is, however, charge a small registration fee of under 50 (with a small increase if you register after May 31) to be spent on food and beverage during the event. There will also be a bursary to help with accommodation expenses in San Sebastian. 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 universitys 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) and the University of the Basque Country (UPV).

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