News and Notes

Amy Offner, New Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Amy Offner, New Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Amy Offner, a visiting scholar in the spring of 2010, was hired this fall by the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor. During her visit to the Center, Amy worked on the papers of Lauchlin Currie, which are part of the Economists' Papers Project. She completed her dissertation at Columbia University in 2012.

Eddie Nik-Khah Presents Paper on Ignorance to Copenhagen Conference

Eddie Nik-Khah Presents Paper on Ignorance to Copenhagen Conference

Eddie Nik-Khah, a 2011-12 Research Fellow of the Center, presented in October a paper, "Intellectual Origins of Pharamaceutical Ignorance," at Utrecht University and at the conference of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, which was held in Copenhagen. The paper is part of Eddie's project exploring agnotology, or the cultural production of ignorance.

Dan Hirschman Awarded NSF Grant

Dan Hirschman Awarded NSF Grant

Dan Hirschman, a participant in the 2011 and 2012 Summer Institutes, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant from the foundation's Science, Technology, and Society program. A PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan, Dan is writing a dissertation tentatively titled "Inventing the Economy: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the GDP."

Till Dueppe to Organize Berlin Workshop on Mathematics and Postwar Economics

Till Dueppe to Organize Berlin Workshop on Mathematics and Postwar Economics

Till Dueppe, a HOPE Center Visitor in 2011–12, is organizing a workshop titled "Mathematics and the Transformation of Economics after 1945." The one-day event will take place on November 9 at Humbolt-University Berlin. For more information, including a link to the program, please visit the website of the Economic History department at Humbolt-University Berlin.

Till's recent paper on Gerard Debreu, "Gerard Debreu's Secrecy: His Life in Order and Silence," appears in the fall 2012 issue of HOPE.

HOPE Center Receives Templeton Award

HOPE Center Receives Templeton Award

The Center for the History of Political Economy has been selected as one of the two 2012 winners for a Templeton Freedom Award in the Special Achievement by a University Based Center category. This award includes a $10,000 prize and a travel grant to attend our Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner event on October 3rd-4th in New York City.

The Templeton Award, named after the investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton (1912–2008), is given annually by the Atlas Network for contributions to the understanding of freedom.

Pedro Duarte editor of new collection of essays

Pedro Duarte Coeditor of New Volume on Microfoundations

Pedro Duarte, along with his colleague Gilberto Tadeu Lima, is the editor of a new collection of articles on the interplay between macroeconomics and microeconomics. Titled Microfoundations Reconsidered: The Relationship of Micro and Macroeconomics in Historical Perspective, the volume contains essays by many current and former CHOPE visitors and faculty: Kevin D. Hoover, Robert Leonard, D. Wade Hands, Philip Mirowski, and Michel De Vroey. Microfoundations Reconsidered was published by Edward Elgar and can be ordered from the publisher's website.

A frequent visitor to the HOPE Center, Pedro Duarte is a professor of economics at the University of São Paulo.

Sloan Foundation Grant to Fund 2013 HOPE Conference

Sloan Foundation Grant to Fund 2013 HOPE Conference

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has generously agreed to contribute $16,000 toward the funding of the 2013 HOPE conference. The conference, which is being organized by E. Roy Weintraub (Duke University), will examine MIT and the transformation of American economics. A selection of the conference papers will be published as a supplemental issue of History of Political Economy.

The conference will take place April 26-28 on the Duke University campus.

Marcel Boumans joins staff at Erasmus Institute

Marcel Boumans joins staff at Erasmus Institute

Marcel Boumans has been appointed to the staff of the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics as an associate professor of the history and methodology of economics. He will be a visiting faculty member in the Department of Economics at Duke University in the fall of 2012.

Marcel, along with Ariane Dupont-Kieffer and Duo Qin, was the editor of the 2011 HOPE supplement, Histories on Econometrics, published by Duke University Press.

Catching up with Aiko Ikeo

Catching up with Aiko Ikeo

Aiko Ikeo will present a paper titled "The Americans on Tanzan Ishibashi and His Keynesianism" at the annual conference of Japan's Society for Monetary Economics in Tokyo. The conference takes place in May 2012. She is also organizing a seminar series on Japanese economic history; the main theme for 2012-2013 will be Japanese energy policy thought. The first seminar will take place on May 26.

Matthieu Ballandonne receives Warren and Sylvia Samuels award, other honors

Matthieu Ballandonne receives Warren and Sylvia Samuels award, other honors

Matthieu Ballandonne, a student in the 2011 Summer Institute and a recent HOPE Center visitor, has received the Warren and Sylvia Samuels Young Scholars Award. The award provides funds to attend and present a paper at the next History of Economics Society meeting. Matthieu has also received a Young Scholars Grant from the European Society for the History of Economic Thought and a three-month grant to do research at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Science and Technology, which is at the University of Quebec in Montreal. He will be presenting papers at a number of conferences this year.

Matthieu is a PhD student at the University of Angers and is currently working at TELUQ in Montreal.

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