2017 Summer Institute

The 2017 Summer Institute will take place over a two week period, from June 4 through June 16, 2017 in the Social Science Building at Duke University. Applicants may apply to come for the first week only, for the second week only, or for both weeks. 

The First Week will focus on giving participants the tools to set up and teach their own undergraduate course in the history of economic thought. The sessions will cover ideas from the Scholastics through Keynes and Hayek, and there will also be discussions on ways to approach such a course. The sessions will be run by the Center Director, Bruce Caldwell.

The Second Week will be thematic and will reprise the highly successful sessions run by Kevin Hoover and Steve Medema in the 2015 Summer Institute. Kevin will provide a history of the development of macroeconomics, and Steve will present a history of economists' thinking on market failures, from Adam Smith through Ronald Coase and the Chicago School.

Successful applicants who are not locally based will be provided with housing (double occupancy) in a hotel near West Campus and proximate to the Social Science building where sessions will be held. Participants will also receive a booklet of readings. Reimbursements for air travel (up to a maximum of $500) for those coming from afar will be made available on a case by case basis.

Duke, which boasts five specialists in the field on its faculty, is home to the Center for History of Political Economy, a center whose mission is to promote and support research in, and the teaching of, the history of political economy. The premier journal in the field, History of Political Economy, is published here.