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Capitalism, Conflict, and Cooperation: A Celebration of the Work of Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis

October 04, 2019


IAB 1501

Event Type: 

Capitalism, Conflict, and Cooperation: A Celebration of the Work of Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis

Friday, October 4, 2019 - Saturday, October 5, 2019

Venue & Dates:
Capitalism, Conflict, and Cooperation: A Celebration of the Work of Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis will be held in the Kellogg Center on the 15th Floor of Columbia University’s International Affairs Building (get directions) on Friday, October 4th from 1:30-5:30PM and Saturday, October 5th from 9:00AM-5:30PM.

Faculty Organizers:
Suresh Naidu & Eric Verhoogen, Columbia University; Michael Reich, UC Berkeley


Speakers & Schedule:

Friday, October 4th – 1501 International Affairs Building
1:30PM Welcome and Introduction, Suresh Naidu (Columbia)
2:00PM Panel 1: Power and a Political Economy
Simone D’Alessandro (University of Pisa), “Coupling environmental transition and social prosperity”
Margaret Levi (Stanford), “Trustworthy Government”
Stephen Marglin (Harvard), “What if There Were No Ecological Limits to Growth?”
Jim Rebitzer (Boston University), “Agency in Healthcare”
Suresh Naidu (Columbia), “Economics of non-domination”
3:30PM Break
4:00PM Keynote Panel 1: Class, Conflict, and Culture
Rob Boyd (Santa Fe Institute, Arizona State)
Nancy Folbre (UM Amherst)
Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia)
5:45PM Reception
6:30PM Dinner and Keynote Presentation, Michael Reich (UC Berkeley)
*Dinner by invitation only

Saturday, October 5th – 1501 International Affairs Building
9:00 AM Opening Panel: Endogenous Preferences and Political Economy
Monique Borgerhoff Mulder (UC Davis)
Ugo Pagano (University of Siena)
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Pedagogy from SOC SCI 125 to CORE
Wendy Carlin (Santa Fe Institute, University College London)
Arthur MacEwan (UM Boston)
12:00 PM Break
1:00 PM Panel 2: Inequality
Arjun Jayadev (UM Boston, Azim Premji University), “Bowles, Gintis, Lewis and Ambedkar in the Indian Labour Market:”
Karl Ove Moene (University of Oslo), “Inequality and Power Under Social Democracy”
Rajiv Sethi (Barnard, Santa Fe Institute), “Negotiating Doubt: Crime, Policing, and Punishment in America”
2:30 PM Break
3:00 PM Panel 3:  Preferences
Jung Kyoo Choi (Kyungpook National University), “Beliefs Matter in the Prisoners’ Dilemma Game: Revisiting Economists’ Free-Riding”
Christina Fong (Carnegie Mellon), “Redistributive Politics with Target-Specific Beliefs”
Daniele Girardi (UM Amherst) and Simon Halliday (Smith) “Does Economics Make You Selfish?”
Sung-Ha Hwang (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology), “Incentives, Socialization, and Civic Preferences”
4:30 PM Closing remarks and discussion
Samuel Bowles  (Santa Fe Institute, UM Amherst, University of Siena) and Herbert Gintis (Santa Fe Institute, Central European University)

Registration details forthcoming.

This conference is sponsored by Columbia University’s Program for Economic Research (PER) and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISERP).
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