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Kevin D. Hoover, Editor of HOPE, Wins Best-Article Prize

Kevin D. Hoover, Editor of HOPE, Wins Best-Article Prize

Kevin D. Hoover, the editor of History of Political Economy and a HOPE Center affiliate, has won this year's best-article prize awarded by the History of Economics Society.

The prize, which was presented at the 2015 meetings of the HES in June, was for his article titled "On the Reception of Haavelmo's Econometric Thought," published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought.

Kevin's article traces, using bibliometric and other tools, the reception of Haavelmo's econometric thought, in particular his landmark article "The Probability Approach in Econometrics" (1944), and tries to understand the reasons behind the continuing dispute over Haavelmo's legacy.

The HOPE Center congratulates Kevin for winning this distinguished award!

Bruce Caldwell Delivers Keynote Address on Hayek at Library & Archives Workshop on Political Economy

Bruce Caldwell Delivers Keynote Address on Hayek at Library & Archives Workshop on Political Economy

Bruce Caldwell, the director of the HOPE Center, delivered the keynote address at the second annual Hoover Institution Library & Archives Workshop on Political Economy, held on June 24, 2015.

In his address, Bruce discussed the life of Friedrich Hayek and the major themes in his work. He also talked about visiting the Hoover archives for the first time almost twenty-five years ago--an event that "transformed" his life.

For more on Bruce's address, please visit the Hoover Institution website.

Francesco Di Iorio's New Book Explores a Variant of Methodological Individualism

Francesco Di Iorio's New Book Explores a Variant of Methodological Individualism

Francesco Di Iorio, a 2012-13 fellow of the HOPE Center, has published a new book that explores a variant of methodological individualism, which explains social realities in terms of the individuals who make up society.

The book, which is titled Cognitive Autonomy and Methodological Individualism: The Interpretative Foundations of Social Life, begins with Hayek’s reflections on the mind as it considers action from the standpoint of "non-atomistic" methodological individualism, which, according to the publisher's webpage, "explains society in terms of complex emergent structures that unintentionally result from human actions, and that in turn influence those actions."

Francesco revised large sections of the book during his HOPE Center fellowship.

The book is published by Springer and can be ordered from the publisher.

For more on Francesco, please see the profile written about him during his HOPE Center fellowship.

 

Sonia Manseri, a 2014-15 HOPE Center Fellow, Wins PhD Scholarship

Sonia Manseri, a 2014-15 HOPE Center Fellow, Wins PhD Scholarship

Sonia Manseri, a 2014-15 HOPE Center Fellow whose research is on the history of growth models, has won a scholarship that will fund the first three years of her PhD studies.

The scholarship is awarded to "normaliens," students who have the status of civil servant at the Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan. Candidates for the scholarship are judged by a commission of professionals in a highly selective process. The scholarship funds come from the Minister of Research through the Doctoral School of Paris 1.

Sonia will be affiliated with the PHARE laboratory and, as such, will pursue her PhD research under the supervision of Michaël Assous, who was a HOPE Center Fellow in 2013-14.

Her proejct is titled "An American Tradition of Growth Economic Analysis: From the Theory of the 1930s and 1940s to the Political Economy of the 1960s."

For more on Sonia, please see the recent profile of her that appeared on the HOPE Center website.

The March 2015 Issue of HOPE Features Articles on Alfred Kahn and Maffeo Pantaleoni, Among Others

The March 2015 Issue of HOPE Features Articles on Alfred Kahn and Maffeo Pantaleoni, Among Others

The March 2015 issue of History of Political Economy is now out. For the table of contents and abstracts, please visit this page on the HOPE Center website.

Reinhard Schumacher, 2014-15 HOPE Center Fellow, Wins Young Scholar Award

Reinhard Schumacher, 2014-15 HOPE Center Fellow, Wins Young Scholar Award

Reinhard Schumacher, a 2014-15 HOPE Center Fellow, has won one of the Young Scholar awards from the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET). He will present his paper titled "Adam Smith and International Division of Labour: A History of Misunderstandings" at the Young Scholars Seminar at the ESHET conference this May in Rome.

For more on Reinhard, please see his profile that appeared on the HOPE Center website this past fall.

Congratulations, Reinhard!

Catherine Herfeld's Dissertation Awarded Top Prize by the Wittener Universitaetsgesellschaft

Catherine Herfeld's Dissertation Awarded Top Prize by the Wittener Universitaetsgesellschaft

The Wittener Universitaetsgesellschaft has chosen Catherine Herfeld's dissertation on rational choice theory for its 2014 Best Dissertation Award at Witten/Herdecke University.

The dissertation, titled "The Many Faces of Rational Choice Theory," was supervised by Chrysostomos Mantzavinos (University of Athens) and Philip Kitcher (Columbia University).

This is the second prize Catherine's dissertation has won, as it was awarded the Joseph Dorfman Best Dissertation Prize by the History of Economics Society at its 2014 meeting in Montreal.

Catherine is currently a postdoc in the Department of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. For more on Catherine, please see the profile written about her for the HOPE Center website during her fellowship year.

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.

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