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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.

Jose Edwards Publishes Two New Papers

Jose Edwards Publishes Two New Papers

José Edwards, a fellow of the Center in 2010–11, has published two new papers. "Consumer Power and Market Control: Exploring Consumer Behaviour in Affluent Contexts (1946–1980)" will appear in the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought. The paper explores the emergence and decline of two postwar, unorthodox views of consumer behavior: the view of the powerful consumer and the view of market control by producers. "The History of the Use of Self-Reports and the Methodology of Economics" appears in the Journal of Economic Methodology (volume 19, number 4, 2012). In considering the arguments for and against self-reports in relation to well-known events in the history of economics, the article highlights the role of George Katona's behavioral economics.

Elizabeth Victor, 2010 Summer Institute Student, Awarded PhD, Is Developing HIstory-Based Course

Elizabeth Victor, 2010 Summer Institute Student, Awarded PhD, Is Developing History-Based Course

Elizabeth Victor, a student in the 2010 Summer Institute, was awarded her PhD in philosophy this past August from the University of South Florida. She is currently a visiting instructor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she is developing an interdisciplinary Business and Society course that will have as a basis much of the history of economics she learned at the Summer Institute. Elizabeth will teach the course in the spring 2013 semester.

Catherine Herfeld, Current Fellow of the Center, Chosen for Postdoc Appointment

Catherine Herfeld, Current Fellow of the Center, Chosen for Postdoc Appointment

Catherine Herfeld, who is a 2012–13 Fellow of the HOPE Center, has been awarded a three-year postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. The appoinment will begin on May 1, 2013.

Simon Halliday Successfully Defends PhD Thesis

Simon Halliday Successfully Defends PhD Thesis

Simon Halliday, a student in the 2012 Summer Institute, successfully defended his PhD dissertation in September at the University of Siena. He is currently a lecturer in economics at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Mark Wilson Presented Paper on Archival Research at the Kentucky Economic Association Meetings

Mark Wilson Presented Paper on Archival Research at the Kentucky Economic Association Meetings

Dr. Mark Wilson presented a paper entitled “The Value of Archival Research in Economics” at the Kentucky Economic Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting. The meeting was held in Georgetown, Kentucky, on October 26.

Mark's work is an extension of Roy Weintraub’s paper “Archiving the History of Economics” (with Meardon, Gayer, and Banzhaf, Journal of Economic Literature, 1998).

Mark is an associate professor of economics at West Virginia University Tech. He attended Duke’s 2010 History of Economic Thought Summer Institute and worked the 2011 Summer in the Archives.

Konstantin Kucheryavyy Publishes Paper in Economics Letters

Konstantin Kucheryavyy Publishes Paper in Economics Letters

Konstantin Kucheryavyy, a participant in the 2012 Summer Institute, has published a paper in the November 2012 issue of Economics Letters. The paper, which is titled "Continuity of a Model with a Nested CES Utility Function and Bertrand Competition," can be read here on the publisher's website

James Bailey Revives the History of Economics Course at Temple University

James Bailey Revives the History of Economics Course at Temple University

James Bailey, a participant in the 2011 and 2012 Summer Institute at the Center for the History of Political Economy, is scheduled to teach a course in the history of economics at Temple University in the spring of 2013. It will be the first time a history of economics course has been offered at Temple since Ingrid Rima retired two years ago.

Crystal Wong Awarded Warren J. and Sylvia J. Samuels Young Scholars prize

Crystal Wong Awarded Warren J. and Sylvia J. Samuels Young Scholars prize

Crystal Wong, a participant in the 2011 Summer Institute, is one of the recipients of the 2012 Warren J. and Sylvia J. Samuels Young Scholars prize. The Young Scholars program, started in 2000 as an initiative from Professor Sandra Peart, is designed to support and highlight research by PhD candidates and scholars who have obtained their PhDs within the last two years. Selected participants are given the opportunity to present their work in a special Young Scholars session at the annual HES conference. At the 2012 conference, Crystal presented a paper titled "From the Treatise on Money to the General Theory: John Maynard Keynes's Journey to Abolition of the Doctrine of Forced Saving."

Warren J. Samuels was a distinguished historian of econoimcs who died in 2011. "Warren Samuels: A Personal Reminiscence," by Steven G. Medema, appears in the fall 2012 issue of HOPE. Sylvia was his wife.

 

 

 

 

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