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CFP: WHAT TO MAKE OF HIGHLY UNREALISTIC MODELS?

CFP: WHAT TO MAKE OF HIGHLY UNREALISTIC MODELS?

Call for Papers WHAT TO MAKE OF HIGHLY UNREALISTIC MODELS? Workshop 12-13 OCTOBER 2017 http://www.helsinki.fi/tint/models2017 TINT Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Sciences University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland http://www.helsinki.fi/tint What to make of highly unrealistic models? This is one of the big questions in contemporary philosophy of science, especially in philosophy of economics and biology. Two sets of issues are relevant to answering this question. The first has to do with the ways in which…

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A review of James Kwak’s Economism

A review of James Kwak’s Economism

I just finished reading James Kwak’s Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality. Here is a quick review of the book.[1] Imagine a first-year economics student. After attending six lectures in introductory economics, and carefully studying the first six chapters of his economics textbook, he gets comfortable with the basic supply-demand model. Bedazzled by the potential uses of this simple model and explanatory power of economics in general (looking at the covers of economics made fun books convinces him…

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Understanding Economic Models (Course)

Understanding Economic Models (Course)

Course code: FILM-353, Understanding Economic Models, 5 cr, University of Helsinki Syllabus (from 2016 fall–to be revised) This is a course that will improve your understanding of economics, and broaden your horizon concerning what economists do. We will present you the necessary tools and tricks to tackle very difficult questions concerning the status of economics as a science. The course will cover many exemplary models and their use in theory and policy in order to improve your understanding of economics….

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Economics Students Review Rodrik’s Economics Rules

Economics Students Review Rodrik’s Economics Rules

Dani Rodrik’s excellent new book Economics Rules was one of the required readings for my Comparative Schools of Economic Thought course at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey). Below are some of the reviews written for this course. Enjoy!   Pietro Trevisan Volta: Dani Rodrik’s Economic Rules: Defending economics against economists? A critical review [PDF] Ipek Kavasoglu: From Weakness To Strength: A Review of Dani Rodrik’s “Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science” [PDF] Tucker Glotzbach: Critical Review of Economic Rules by Dani Rodrik [PDF] Berrak Kibar:…

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Using and Abusing Models in Economics: A Review of Rodrik’s Economics Rules

Using and Abusing Models in Economics: A Review of Rodrik’s Economics Rules

“There is much to criticize in economics, but there is also much to appreciate” Dani Rodrik (in Economics Rules, p. ix) Dani Rodrik’s new book Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science will be available soon. Here is an early quick review of the book. If you do not have much time, here is the main message of this review: Economics Rules is an excellent book; a must read for economists, philosophers of economics, and policy makers, and…

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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…

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Neoclassical Finance and Reality (3 lectures by Robert Shiller)

Neoclassical Finance and Reality (3 lectures by Robert Shiller)

Neoclassical Finance and Reality by Robert Shiller (Yale) @ Princeton (October 8-10, 2013). “The Relative Strengths of Neoclassical and Behavioral Finance for Understanding Bubbles and Systemic Crises“ “Why Don’t Sound Financial Innovations Get Adopted“ “Phishing for phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception“, (work in progress with George Akerlof) The third lecture (ppt) gives a good idea about the forthcoming book by George A. Akerlof & Robert J. Shiller: Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception (Amazon) [source]

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).  Lecturers: Alan Kirman, University…

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ENPOSS Conference

ENPOSS Conference

THE THIRD CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (ENPOSS), UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE EDUCACIÓN A DISTANCIA, UNED, MADRID, SEPTEMBER 10-12, 2014 Keynote Speakers: Margaret Gilbert (University of California, Irvine) Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki) CALL FOR PAPERS: The European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ENPOSS) invites contributions to its 3rd Conference to be held in Madrid in September of 2014, and organised by UNED. Contributions from all areas within the philosophy of the social sciences are encouraged. Moreover,…

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Nobel Prize in Economics

Nobel Prize in Economics

Here is a list of readings and podcasts concerning Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert J. Shiller: Scientific Background: Understanding Asset Prices (Nobelprize.org) Information for the Public: Trendspotting in asset markets (Nobelprize.org) The Nobel prize is a three-way split (The Economist) American trio share Nobel economics prize for work on asset prices (The Guardian) Economists Clash on Theory, but Will Still Share the Nobel by Binyamin Appelbaum (The New York Times) Fama, Shiller, Hansen Win Nobel Prize for…

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