CFP: Methodology of Economics Research Area @ EAEPE 2015 Conference in Genova

CFP: Methodology of Economics Research Area @ EAEPE 2015 Conference in Genova

The 27th Annual EAEPE Conference 2015 will take place in Genova on September 17, 18 and 19. The conference will consist of the contributions of the 22 EAEPE research areas as well as of a particular general theme selected for this year. The 2015 conference theme will focus on reforming the financial system in order to divert resources from speculative activities, cause of growing inequalities and instability, to productive investments able to foster smart, sustainable and inclusive societies. (For more information about the conference please visit the EAEPE website:

Methodology of Economics Research Area (Research Area A) invites paper proposals for the conference. The proposals should be in line with the themes of the Research Area (see below).

We welcome proposals on all topics in line with the agenda of the Research Area, but are particularly interested in receiving proposals on the following themes:

  • Methodological analysis of economics in relation to economic crises
  • Methodological analysis of the latest debates concerning macroeconomics
  • Interdisciplinarity and pluralism in economics

The abstract should clearly mention (i) the title of the paper, (ii) name of the author(s) and full address of the corresponding author and his/her email address, (iii) the aim and the main argument of the paper, and (iv) the keywords and relevant JEL codes. The abstract should be 750 words.

Abstracts should be submitted via the abstract submission system on the EAEPE web site. When submitting your paper please indicate that your paper is intended for the Methodology of Economics Research Area [Research Area A].

Session Proposals are welcome. Please inform the Methodology of Economics Research Area Coordinators Uskali Mäki (uskali.maki [at] and N. Emrah Aydinonat (aydinonat [at] if you would like to propose a session.

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 1 May 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: 8 June 2015
  • Early Registration deadline: 15 July 2015
  • Late Registration deadline:* 31 July 2015
  • Full paper submission deadline: 4 September 2015

Please contact us if you have any questions:

  • Uskali Mäki (uskali.maki [at]
  • Emrah Aydinonat (aydinonat [at]

The description of Methodology of Economics Research Area is as follows:

[Methodology of Economics Research Area]

Economic methodology, broadly conceived, is the study of how economics functions, how it could function, and how it should function ­ and of the various presuppositions and conditions of all these. It examines various meta theoretical key concepts such as theory and model, assumption and idealization, causation and explanation, testing and progress, rhetoric and truth, social construction and pluralism; as well as various goals, styles and constraints of research, such as mathematical modeling and experimentation, grounded theory and case study, causal and functional explanation, forecasting and policy, ontological and institutional (academic and otherwise) constraints on economic inquiry. It also sets out to examine fundamental substantial concepts such as rationality, choice, routine, trust, institution, evolution, coordination, equilibrium, path dependence.

Three dimensions seem particularly relevant to these inquiries within EAEPE. The first is often put in terms of orthodoxy and heterodoxy. The second is in terms of realism and non-realism. Neither of these dimensions and the respective distinctions is unproblematic, and hence should be part of the domain of methodological inquiry itself. The distinctions also do not coincide as there are realist versions of “orthodoxy” and non-realist versions of “heterodoxy”, ­ which helps to underline the fact that none of the four categories on the two dimensions is uniform. There is a methodological and conceptual jungle there, and it is our task to develop maps that help us orient ourselves so as to do better economics without misrepresenting current practice.

A third dimension deals with what is and what is not economics. Are there, or should there be, any disciplinary boundaries? If so, where are they located? On what conditions, and how, are they to be crossed? Economics participates in interdisciplinary encounters in a variety of ways and directions, influencing other disciplines and being influenced by them. For example, while political science, sociology, and science studies have been partly reshaped by an increasing use of economic concepts and methods, economics itself is being transformed due to its encounters with cognitive and life sciences. Institutional and evolutionary economics lie at the crossroads of these trends. Since none of this is simple, uniform, and straightforward, careful analyses are needed to track the detailed structure of these processes. What drives and shapes them? Which parts of economics participate in these encounters and how? How are we to evaluate the outcomes? How does all this relate with the first two dimensions?

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