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Viviana Di Giovinazzo Receives INET Grant to Write Biography of Scitovsky

Viviana Di Giovinazzo Receives INET Grant to Write Biography of Scitovsky

Viviana Di Giovinazzo has received a grant from INET (the Institute for New Economic Thinking) to write an intellectual biography of Tibor Scitovsky.

Scitovsky (1910–2002) was a Hungarian-born economist best known for his 1976 book The Joyless Economy: An Inquiry into Human Satisfaction and Consumer Dissatisfaction. The book took issue with the standard neoclassical account of rational choice and postwar consumer economy.

According to the official project summary, the biography will reconstruct Scitovsky's personal and intellecual odyssey, as he moved from Hungary to London, then Stanford, then Berkeley, exploring his professional and personal relationships and his engagement with other fields such as psychology, art, and aesthetics.

Viviana was a 2011–12 fellow of the HOPE Center and is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at the State University of Milan-Bicocca

INET was created in 2009 to broaden and accelerate the development of new economic thinking to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. The institute funds projects that would not generally be funded through conventional academic funding channels.

New Edited Volume from Summer Institute Fellow Looks at Student Activism

New Edited Volume from Summer Institute Participant Looks at Student Activism

David J. Snyder, a 2010 NEH Summer Institute Fellow at the HOPE Center, has published Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

The book, which was edited by Dave and Robert Cohen, contains a collection of original essays that examine student involvment in such issues as desegregation, free speech, and gender equity.

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

Dave is a lecturer in history at the University of South Carolina.

Jack Russell Weinstein Publishes Book on Adam Smith

Jack Russell Weinstein Publishes Book on Adam Smith

Jack Russell Weinstein, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Dakota who attended the 2010 Summer Institute, has published Adam Smith's Pluralism: Rationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments (Yale University Press, 2013).

According to the publisher's website, Adam Smith's Pluralism suggests that the foundations of liberalism can be found in the writings of Smith. While offering an interpretive methodology for approaching Smith’s two major works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations, Professor Weinstein argues against the libertarian interpretation of Smith, emphasizing his philosophies of education and rationality.

The book has been favorably reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, the American Conservative, and Choice Reviews.

Jack says he is especially proud of the review in the American Conservative because it shows that he succeeded in being nonpartisan, which was one of his goals.

To order Adam Smith's Pluralism, please visit the publisher's website.

For more on Jack, including his radio show, please visit his website.

Floris Heukelom's New Book Looks at Behavioral Economics

Floris Heukelom's New Book Looks at Behavioral Economics

Floris Heukelom's new book, Behavioral Economics: A History, will be published in March 2014 by Cambridge University Press.

According to the publisher's website, "The recurring theme [of the book] is that behavioral economics reflects and contributes to a fundamental reorientation of the epistemological foundations upon which economics had been based since the days of Smith, Ricardo, and Mill. With behavioral economics, the discipline has shifted from grounding its theories in generalized characterizations to building theories from behavioral assumptions directly amenable to empirical validation and refutation. The book proceeds chronologically and takes the reader from von Neumann and Morgenstern's axioms of rational behavior, through the incorporation of rational decision theory in psychology in the 1950s–1970s, and to the creation and rise of behavioral economics in the 1980s and 1990s at the Sloan and Russell Sage Foundations."

Behavioral Economics: A History is part of the Cambridge series Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics, edited by Craufurd Goodwin.

In the winter 2011 issue of History of Political Economy, Floris published a related article titled "What to Conclude from Psychological Experiments: The Contrasting Cases of Experimental and Behavioral Economics."

Floris, who was a visitor to the HOPE Center in 2011, is an assistant professor of economics at Radboud University Nijmegen. He specializes in the use of the experiments in twentieth-century economics and psychology.

 

 

Harro Maas to Publish Book on Economic Methodology

Harro Maas to Publish Book on Economic Methodology

Harro Maas, a 2011-12 fellow of the HOPE Center, is publishing this spring Economic Methodology: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2014). The book will deal with such things as the inductive and deductive nature of economics, business cycle research, and experimentation in economics. For more information on the book and the full table of contents, please visit the publisher's website.

Harro is an associate professor in the School of Economics at Utrecht University.

Catherine Herfeld Successfully Defends Dissertation

Catherine Herfeld Successfully Defends Dissertation

Catherine Herfeld, a 2012–13 HOPE Center fellow, successfully defended her PhD dissertation in April of this year. Her dissertation was titled "The Many Faces of Rational Choice Theory" and was written wihle a student at Witten/Herdecke University (Germany).

Catherine is currently a postdoc in the Department of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

 

International Symposium on the History of Economics Will Be Held August 5-6

International Symposium on the History of Economics Will Be Held August 5-6

The second International Symposium on the History of Economics will take place August 5–6, 2013, at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. The symposium is being organized by Pedro Duarte and Gilberto Tadeu Lima and will bring together renowned international and local scholars in the field to discuss important aspects of macroeconomic dynamics, especially in the postwar period.

The program, participants, and other details can be found on the symposium's website. The symposium is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend (online registration required).

The event will be streamed live.

Pedro Duarte and Gilberto Tadeu Lima are in the Department of Economics at the University of São Paulo.

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.

 

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