August 23, 2009
June 23, 2009
The European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) and the University of Castilla La Mancha (UCLM) are jointly organizing a Workshop on:
“The Recession of 2008. Do Economists ever agree on Analysis and Prescriptions?
Note that Pareto’s 1902 German Encyclopaedia article “Anwendungen der Mathematik auf Nationalökonomie” (here translated as “The application of mathematics to political economy”) can be freely downloaded (until the 1st week of July) directly from the homepage of the journal’s new website.
June 10, 2009
The Department of Economics of the University of Porto is recruiting 2 Assistant Professors for the Area of Social Sciences (tenure track), starting September 2009. One of the positions is for Economic History/History of Economic Thought and the other for Sociology/Methodology of Social Sciences. Read the rest of this entry »
May 22, 2009
Modeling the World: Perspectives form Biology and Economics
28–30 May, 2009, University of Helsinki
Organized byMichael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania) and Uskali Mäki (Academy of Finland) with TINT [Trends and Tensions in Intellectual Integration], sponsored by the Academy of Finland
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May 21, 2009
Money – Interdisciplinary Perspectives – Freie Universität Berlin, June 25-28, 2009
Purpose: There is a broad consensus in the social sciences that money is not well understood, neither in any one of the disciplines nor as the joint result of the division of labor between economics, sociology, political science, history, anthropology, geography, philosophy, and so on. Recently, there has been a revival of interest in monetary theory, not least because the impacts of globalizing markets and of new communication and information technologies have changed the forms of money and seem to have further enhanced the importance of money in everyday life. This renewed interest in money has led to significant contributions in various fields, but one still cannot escape the impression that no social science discipline on its own is sufficiently equipped to explain the basic workings of monetary systems, their rapid innovation and their effects on social, economic and political structures. This situation not only calls for interdisciplinary, synthetic efforts but also promises relevant results because innovative contributions have been combined with a new openness and propensity to look beyond disciplinary boundaries.
The workshop will assemble researchers who have not only produced significant contributions to the theory of money, but also have a manifest interest in interdisciplinary cooperation. The hope is that controversial positions can be discussed in an atmosphere of mutual respect and a common interest in advancing the theory of money.
Starting with a keynote opening address, the workshop will focus on the following issues in the theory of money:
1. The social construction and evolution of monetary systems: design or invisible hand
2. The monetary process: How do societies maintain the “working fiction of a monetary invariant”?
3. Monetary theory of credit vs. credit theory of money: Is the Schumpeterian alternative plausible?
4. Money and authority: Is all money a “creature of the state”? How creative are states in monetary matters?
5. Money and crisis: What do monetary crises reveal about the nature of money?
6. Globalization and the international monetary system: Is there a need and a possibility for supra-national controls?
Heiner Ganßmann is the organizer of this workshop. Visit the conference site for more information.