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Andrej Svorencik Completes Dissertation on Experimental Economics

Andrej Svorencik Completes Dissertation on Experimental Economics

Andrej Svorencík has completed his dissertation on the history of experimental economics.

Titled "The Experimental Turn in Economics: The History of Experimental Economics," the study documents how the rise of experimentation in economics, which began in the late 1960s, transformed the discipline just as mathematical formalization, economic modeling, and econometrics did.

Experimentation, Andrej writes, "was above all about redefining the relationship between economic theory and data." Its goal was to "elevate" the status of data and put data "on the same footing" as theory.

The dissertation was completed at Utrecht University under the supervision of Mary S. Morgan and Harro Maas.

Andrej, a 2012-13 HOPE Center fellow, will present a paper on psychology and economics at the 2015 HOPE conference. He also contributed an article to the 2014 special issue of HOPE on the MIT economics department (abstract).

For more on Andrej, please see his profile that appeared on the Center's website during his fellowship year.

Robert W. Dimand Publishes Book on James Tobin

Robert W. Dimand Publishes Book on James Tobin

Robert W. Dimand, who spent the 2013-14 academic year at the HOPE Center as a senior research fellow, has published a new book on James Tobin.

Tobin was the leading monetary economist among the American Keynesians. He won the Nobel Prize in 1981.

Robert, or Bob, as he is known, worked on the book during his fellowship at the Center.

Bob has a personal and professional connection to Tobin: Tobin was Bob's dissertation director when he was a PhD student at Yale. Tobin was also a great admirer of another economist about whom Bob has written extensively, Irving Fisher.

The book is part of the Palgrave Macmillan Great Thinkers in Economics series. To order a copy, please visit the publisher's website.

Danilo da Silva Made Visiting Professor at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC)

Danilo da Silva Made Visiting Professor at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC)

Danilo da Silva, a HOPE Center fellow in 2012-13, has been made a visiting professor at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), in São Paulo, Brazil. During the one-year appointment, Danilo will be teaching international macroeconomics, monetary economics, and macroeconomics, as well as continuing his research on macroeconomic issues.

Danilo's research interest is Robert E. Lucas and the natural rate of unemployment. For more on Danilo and his work, please read the recent HOPE Center profile that was published on the Center's website.

2013-14 Annual Report Details a Year's Activities at the HOPE Center

2013-14 Annual Report Details a Year's Activities at the HOPE Center

The latest annual report of the HOPE Center reviews the activities and accomplishments of the Center over the past twelve months. We invite you to read and learn about the Center, its mission, and its programs. Also available is a six-year report surveying the Center from its founding in 2008 to the present.

Emily Skarbek's New Publications Explore Self-Governance and Spontaneous Order

Emily Skarbek's New Publications Explore Self-Governance and Spontaneous Order

Emily Skarbek, a HOPE Center fellow in 2011-12, has published a new article and has a second that will be published soon.

"The Chicago Fire of 1871: A Bottom-Up Approach to Disaster Relief" challenges the notion that the only effective response to a disaster can come from a centralized authority such as a government office or agency. Using expenditure and donation data compiled from archival records, she shows how private individuals, businesses, corporate entities, and municipal governments came together in the absence of a central relief agency to provide aid to victims of the Chicago fire. 

The paper appears in the July 2014 issue of Public Choice.

The second paper, "F. A. Hayek and the Early Foundations of Spontaneous Order," will appear in a volume titled Hayek and the Modern World, edited by Sandra Peart and David Levy. The paper looks at the influence of Mandeville and Smith in Hayek's understanding of the relationship between rules and order.

Emily is a lecturer in political economy at King's College London. For more on her work, please visit her website.

John Singleton Participates in Hoover Institution Workshop on Political Economy

John Singleton Participates in Hoover Institution Workshop on Political Economy

John Singleton, a PhD candidate in economics at Duke University, was a participant in the inaugural Hoover Institution Workshop on Political Economy.

Held from June 23 to 27, the workshop was organized by Professor Jennifer Burns of the Stanford History Department. An interdisciplinary group of scholars drew on the archival collections at Hoover to examine various topics, including the history of economic thought and the development of libertarian and conservative political movements in the United States and internationally.

The workshop featured as its keynote speaker Angus Burgin, a historian at Johns Hopkins University whose 2012 book, The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Great Depression, was awarded the 2013 Joseph Spengler Prize for best book by the History of Economics Society. Angus's paper titled "The Age of Certainty: Galbraith, Friedman, and the Public Life of Economic Ideas" was published in the 2013 special issue of HOPE, The Economist as Public Intellectual.

John is researching Milton Friedman’s involvement in school vouchers and the ending of the military draft. He also contributed a paper on Charles Tiebout ("Sorting Charles Tiebout: The Construction and Stabilization of Postwar Public Good Theory") to the 2014 HOPE conference on market failure, and he published a paper on Martin Luther and usury in the winter 2011 issue of HOPE.

For more on the workshop, visit the Hoover Institution website.

Roger Backhouse and Mauro Boianovsky Receive Award for New Book on Macroeconomics

Roger Backhouse and Mauro Boianovsky Receive Award for New Book on Macroeconomics

Roger E. Backhouse and Mauro Boianovsky have received the 2014 Best Book Award from the European Society for the History of Economic Thought for their book Transforming Modern Macroeconomics: Exploring Disequilibrium Microfoundations, 1956-2003 (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

The book explores the efforts of economists to develop a more rigorous macroeconomic theory in the second half of the twentieth century. Economic growth, rising prices, and then stagflation all needed to be explained. But economists also wanted to construct a macroeconomic theory that was rooted in microeconomic theory, a macroeconomic theory that could be ultimately traced to "microfoundations" or the behavior of households and firms.

As recipients of this year's Best Book Award, Roger and Mauro will deliver the Blanqui Lecture at the 2015 European Society meeting, which will be in Rome.

Transforming Modern Macroeconomics is part of Cambridge's series Historial Perspectives on Modern Economics, edited by Craufurd Goodwin.

For information on ordering the book, please see the publisher's website.

 

Josh Foster, a 2013 NEH Summer Institute Participant, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Whitman College

Josh Foster, a 2013 NEH Summer Institute Participant, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Whitman College

Josh Foster, a participant in the 2013 NEH Summer Institute at the HOPE Center, has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Economics at Whitman College.

Josh will join at Whitman another participant in the 2013 Institute, Jen Cohen, who is also on the economics faculty. Together they look forward to collaborating on a history of economics course in the near future.

Whitman College is a private liberal arts and sciences college in Walla Walla, Washington. Founded in 1882, Whitman has an enrollment of around 1,500 students.

Mo Moulton, 2013 Summer Institute Participant, Publishes New Book on Ireland

Mo Moulton, 2013 Summer Institute Participant, Publishes New Book on Ireland

Mo Moulton, a participant in the 2013 Summer Institute, has published a new book with Cambridge University Press titled Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England. The book seeks to understand the extent to which the Irish disappeared from English politics, life, and consciousness after the Anglo-Irish War (1919-1921).

For more information on the book, please visit the publisher's website.

Mo is an historian of modern Britain and Ireland and a lecturer in history and literature at Harvard University.

James Bailey, Summer Institute Participant, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Creighton University

James Bailey, Summer Institute Participant, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Creighton University

James Bailey, a participant in the 2012 Summer Institute at the HOPE Center, has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor at Creighton University.

At Creighton, James will join Michael D. Thomas, a former HOPE Center fellow who is also new to Creighton.

"The department is in the unusual situation of having three people who can teach history of thought, one who has been teaching it for decades, and us two new hires," James says.

James will finish his PhD at Temple this spring and begin his position at Creighton in the fall.

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