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Michael Thomas Talks Sin Taxes on Fox Business

Michael Thomas Talks Sin Taxes on Fox Business

Michael Thomas, a 2008–9 HOPE Center Fellow, was recently interviewed on Fox Business by John Stossel on the subject of so-called sin taxes. The segment can be found on YouTube.

On a related note, Michael published in the February 2013 issue of Kyklos an article, written with Diana W. Thomas and Nicholas A. Snow, titled "Rational Irrationality and the Political Process of Repeal: The Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform and the 21st Amendment."

Goulven Rubin's 2012 HOPE Article Wins Prize

Goulven Rubin's 2012 HOPE Article Wins Prize

Goulven Rubin's 2012 HOPE article, "Don Patinkin's PhD Dissertation as the Prehistory of Disequilibrium Theories," has won the Edmond Malinvaud Prize for the best scientific paper in economics written by a scholar under the age of forty. The prize, which was granted by the Association Française de Science Economique, was announced this week.

The article appears in the summer 2012 issue of HOPE (vol. 44, no. 2).

Goulven is a professor of economics at the University of Lille 2 Law and Health.

Volumes 7 and 8 of Hayek's Collected Writings, Edited by Hansjoerg Klausinger, Now Published

Volumes 7 and 8 of Hayek's Collected Writings, Edited by Hansjoerg Klausinger, Now Published

Hansjoerg Klausinger has edited to publication volumes 7 and 8 of Hayek's Collected Works. The two volumes, Business Cycles: Part 1 and Business Cycles: Part 2, were published in 2012 by the University of Chicago Press. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek is under the general editorship of Bruce Caldwell, the director of the HOPE Center.

Hansjoerg has also been assigned to edit two volumes on Hayek's monetary and business cycle theory in the German-language edition of Hayek's works. The two volumes will appear in 2015. The German edition of Hayek's works is published by Mohr.

 

Bruce Caldwell to Present at HPPE Seminar

Bruce Caldwell to Present at HPPE Seminar

Bruce Caldwell, the director of the HOPE Center, will present a paper to the Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Economics (HPPE) seminar at the London School of Economics on May 15. The title of Bruce's presentation is "F. A. Hayek and the 'Economic Calculus.'"

By bringing together scholars from different disciplines, the HPPE provides a platform for discussing the historical evolution of economic thinking and its philosophical implications.

Rob Van Horn Publishes Article on Music as a Pedagogical Tool

Rob Van Horn Publishes Article on Music as a Pedagogical Tool

Rob Van Horn, along with Monica Van Horn, has published a very interesting article on the uses of music in teaching the history of economics. The article appears in volume 44, number 1, of the Journal of Economic Education. Rob, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Rhode Island, has been a frequent visitor at the Center and is a coeditor of Building Chicago Economics: New Perspectives on the History of America’s Most Powerful Economics Program (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Scott Scheall, 2012 Summer Institute Participant, Defends Dissertation on the Hayek-Keynes Debate

Scott Scheall, 2012 Summer Institute Participant, Defends Dissertation on the Hayek-Keynes Debate

Scott Scheall, a PhD student in philosophy at Arizona State University and a participant in the 2012 Summer Institute, has successfully defended his dissertation, "Slaves of the Defunct: The Epistemic Intractability of the Hayek-Keynes Debate."

Scott will be presenting a paper on Hayek and aprorism at the 2013 HES conference in June in Vancouver. He will spend the 2013–14 academic year as a fellow of the HOPE Center.

He Li's New Book Explores Development, China Style

He Li's New Book Explores Development, China Style

He Li, a participant in the 2010 Summer Institute, has a new edited volume out titled The Chinese Labyrinth: Exploring China's Model of Development (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2012). He will spend the 2013–14 academic year on a Henry Luce Resident Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Evelyn Forget Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Evelyn Forget Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Evelyn Forget has been awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for her work in social welfare. The medal, which was awarded by the Canadian government, honors Her Majesty for her service to Canada and recognizes significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Tiago Mata Leading Research Program that Examines Journalism and Economics

Tiago Mata Leading Research Program that Examines Journalism and Economics

Tiago Mata, a HOPE Center fellow in 2010–11, is well into the first year of a five-year research project that examines journalism and economics. Titled "Economics in the Public Sphere," the project is studying “economic journalism” as a site for the production of public economic knowledge.

"The project is running at full speed," Tiago reports, with two workshops scheduled for this year: "Interrogating Economics in the Public Sphere" (April 18–19) and "Economic Reason: Intellectuals and Think Tanks in the Late Twentieth Century" (June 28).

The project, which is being funded by the European Research Council’s Starting Grants Scheme, is based at the University of Cambridge. For more information, please visit the project's website.

Economics in the Public Sphere complements Tiago's recent work as one of the organizers of the 2012 HOPE conference on the economist as public intellectual. Some of the papers presented at the conference examined the work of journalists who wrote about economic issues. The conference volume will appear at the end of 2013 as the supplemental issue to volume 45 of HOPE.

Roger Backhouse and Mauro Boianovsky Look at Modern Macroeconomics in a New Book

Roger Backhouse and Mauro Boianovsky Look at Modern Macroeconomics in a New Book

Roger E. Backhouse and Mauro Boianovsky have published Transforming Modern Macroeconomics: Searching for Disequilibrium Foundations, 1956–2003 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

According to the publisher's website, "This book tells the story of the search for disequilibrium micro-foundations for macroeconomic theory, from the disequilibrium theories of Patinkin, Clower, and Leijonhufvud to recent dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models with imperfect competition. Placing this search against the background of wider developments in macroeconomics, the authors contend that this was never a single research program, but involved economists with very different aims who developed the basic ideas about quantity constraints, spillover effects, and coordination failures in different ways. The authors contrast this with the equilibrium, market-clearing approach of Phelps and Lucas, arguing that equilibrium theories simply assumed away the problems that had motivated the disequilibrium literature. Although market-clearing models came to dominate macroeconomics, disequilibrium theories never went away and continue to exert an important influence on the subject. Although this book focuses on one strand in modern macroeconomics, it is crucial to understanding the origins of modern macroeconomic theory."

To order Transforming Modern Macroeconomics: Searching for Disequilibrium Foundations, 1956–2003, please visit the publisher's website.

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