Blockseminar: A Conceptual Map for the Methodology of Economics


DATES: December 7-9, 2012

MODULES: 2 credits for attendance + presentation; 8 credits for attendance + presentation + term paper

DESCRIPTION OF THE SEMINAR: The goal of this weekend seminar is to develop a conceptual map for the methodology of economics that relates to the development of the history of economic methodology. The seminar will be divided into 5 sections. The first section will introduce the topics of the seminar, the second, third and fourth sections will be dedicated to the students’ presentations, and each of the sections will focus on one of three themes in the methodology of economics: 1) measurement in economics (alternatives to the classical economic indices, happiness, etc.); 2) evidence in economics (what counts as evidence in economics? Models, economic history, experiments, simulations, etc.) 3) experts in economics (cognitive and moral biases of economic experts, criteria of expertise, etc.). Finally, on Sunday afternoon, the fifth section of the seminar will be dedicated to a working group: students will be divided in groups, and each group will work on the formulation of a conceptual map for economic methodology to present to the class at the end of the seminar.