Tuesday, January 13, 2015


European Society for the History of Economic Thought
XIX Annual Conference
Great Controversies in Economics
Roma Tre University, Rome, 14-16 May 2015
The 19th Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) will be held at Roma Tre University 
To participate in the conference, please register with this website as a new website user.
In solidarity with our French colleagues and friends, the deadline for the submission of abstracts has been postponed to January 19th
For questions and problems contact the local organizing committee: eshet2015@uniroma3.it


The HPPE seminar (Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Economics) at LSE's Economic History Department programme for Lent Term 2015 (see below). 

The bi-weekly seminar takes place on Wednesdays from 1-2.30pm in room CLM.2.04. For updates to the programme please visit: http://www.lse.ac.uk/economicHistory/seminars/HPPE/home.aspx. The convenors of HPPE are Maxine Montaigne (m.c.Montaigne@lse.ac.uk) and Tobias Vogelgsang (t.vogelgsang@lse.ac.uk).

About HPPE: 
HPPE - Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Economics: The seminar runs since 2012 and is organised by PhD students at the Economic History Department. It brings together scholars from different disciplines to discuss the evolution of economic thinking and embraces topics from Ancient Greece to contemporary Africa.

The seminar inquires how the theory and practice of economics changes with the historical and philosophical context. The seminar aims to provide scholars at any stage of their career with an opportunity to discuss their work with a critical audience. For further information, please contact the convenors.


21 January 2015
• Maxime Désmarais-Tremblay
• On the definition of public goods. Assessing Richard A. Musgrave’s contribution

4 February 2015
• Olivia Muñoz Rojas
• From Rebuilding to Branding: the role of politico-economic ideology in modern city-making

18 February 2015
• Tim Hochstrasser
• Lost or found in translation? How political economy travels in the Enlightenment.

4 March 2015
• Jim Thomas
• Ronald Coase and the London School of Economics 1920s-1940s

18 March 2015
• Martin Giraudeau

• If a business plan is good then it is a good project! Georges F. Doriot and the administration of venture capital (1946-1973)     

Call for papers 
(Deadline: Monday 12 January 2015) (oops!)

Economic History and History of Economic Thought Session 2015 Scottish Economic Society Conference, 13-16 April 2015,  Mercure Perth Hotel, Perth, Scotland

We invite paper proposals relating to any aspect of Economic History and / or History of Economic Thought, to form part of a dedicated session at the 2015 Scottish Economic Society conference. For your paper to be considered for the session, please send a draft (or extended abstract) to Jenny Eades <j.a.eades@dundee.ac.uk> by the stated deadline.

Please do feel free to contact any one of us direct to discuss potential paper proposals further.

Tim Barmby, University of Aberdeen (tim.barmby@abdn.ac.uk)
Ioannis Theodossiou, University of Aberdeen (theod@abdn.ac.uk)
Matthias Klaes, University of Dundee (m.klaes@dundee.ac.uk)

On behalf of the Trustees of The History of Economic Thought Society (THETS) (http://thets.org.uk) I am pleased to announce that there will be a Special Session at the 2015 Royal Economic Society Conference to mark the foundation of THETS. The Conference will take place at the University of Manchester, 30 March to 1 April, and the Special Session will be held on 30 March, 11.00am-12.30pm, details as follows.
Session title: Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics.
Session Chair: Terry Peach, University of Manchester.
Paper I: Roger Backhouse, University of Birmingham: “Paul Samuelson and the Myth of the Keynesian Revolution in the United States”.
Paper II: James Forder, Balliol College, Oxford University: “Why did Milton Friedman change his mind about the Phillips curve?”
Paper III: Matthias Klaes, University of Dundee: “Revisiting the origins of the theory of the firm: Coase, Transaction Costs and Marginal Analysis”.
Further details about the Conference may be found at http://www.res.org.uk/view/0/2015conference_home.html.
The foundation of THETS comes 47 years after the first UK conference on History of Economic Thought. For several decades there was no appetite for going beyond the relative informality of an annual conference and publication of a Newsletter, and it was with some reluctance that the decision was taken to embrace modernity through the constitution of an official society. It is our hope that the new platform may assist in the preservation and propagation of history of economic thought as a serious intellectual pursuit within the UK, and that it should do so with the minimum of ostentatious formality.
Terry Peach, University of Manchester
International Academic Conference
Economics of Vices and Virtues
May 15–16, 2015
While accepting the assumption about the rationality of economic agents as a starting point of analysis, economists still cannot afford to ignore that rational choice in any case is made within a framework of specific beliefs, values and behavioral patterns. Some of these behavioral patterns are traditionally considered to represent virtues, and some — passions and vices, and in different cultures and subcultures the interpretation may vary. Is this kind of assessment relevant for economic science and economic policy? In order to understand this, we propose to discuss (from the point of view of economics and culture) such phenomena as addictions and habits in consumption of certain products, the specifics of policy — making in such cases, problems of interpretation of consumer addictions and habits in culture and social science, as well as the problem of prohibitions. This topic is supposed to come back to the discussion of the provocative thesis of Bernard de Mandeville in his “The Fable of the Bees” (1714) that the private vices tend to form the public benefit.
The Conference topics will include:
• Virtues and Vices: criteria and interpretations;
• Economy and culture of production and consumption of alcohol (beer, wine and strong spirits);
• Economics on Virtues and Vices;
• Formation of attachments and addictions, as a business strategy;
• Overcoming attachments and addictions, as a state policy target;
• Economics of prohibitions, Temperance movements and Public Policy;
• Economy and culture of smoking/ of gambling/ of Internet addiction;
• “Green lifestyle” — the Virtues or Vices?
The specific issues to be discussed will be the examination of the different aspects of the economics, historical facts and culture of alcohol production, consumption and regulation. We invite economists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians and the scholars from other spheres in the social sciences and humanities for the dialogue.
Conference languages: English and Russian
Center for the Study of Economic Culture
St. Petersburg State University, RussiaThe deadline for the submission of an abstract of about 500 words is January 10, 2015.
The conference organizers welcome proposals of sessions with a description. Please send abstracts and proposals to maidachenko09@gmail.com
Authors will be informed about acceptance or rejection of the paper for presentation by February 2.
Organizing Committee:
Aleksei Kudrin, St. Petersburg State University
Danila Raskov, St. Petersburg State University
Eline Poelmans, Leuven University and Beeronomics
Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
Denis Kadochnikov, St. Petersburg State University
Alexander Pogrebnyak, St. Petersburg State University
Viktor Rjazanov, St. Petersburg State University
Alexander Nemtzov, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry
Vladimir Ignatiev, Novosibirsk State Technical University
Alexander Skorobogatov, Higher School of Economics
Our last conference on Economics and Religion took place on June 6–7 2014.                    


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