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Deadline extended to February 17 for submissions to 14th World Congress of Social Economics

The deadline for paper or session submissions to the 14th World Congress of Social Economics as been extended to February 17. See here for conference and submission details.


World Congress Summer School in Social Economics – Applications for Fellowships Now Open

Glasgow, Scotland

June 19-20, 2012


Applications for Fellowships Now Open

The Association for Social Economics announces an exciting Summer School workshop for graduate students and recent Ph.D.s. to be held in conjunction with the World Congress of Social Economics in Glasgow, Scotland.  Between 12-18 fellows will be selected to attend the Summer School as guests of ASE. The Summer School begins the evening of June 19 and continues on June 20, 2012.  The World Congress opens the evening of June 20 and concludes on June 22, 2012.

Aims:  The Summer School brings together a small group of fellows to discuss the central concerns of social economics as a springboard for cutting-edge research and teaching.  Social economics is centrally concerned with questions of social, cultural and ethical values in economic life and the study of these questions at philosophical, theoretical, empirical and policy-related levels.

School topics include aspects of: (1) Social economics, the history of economic thought, and frameworks for thinking about ethics and economics; (2) core topics in social-economics research (theory of the individual, the role of social and cultural values in economic life, inequality, poverty, needs, capabilities, social justice, human flourishing); (3) contemporary topics and empirical research in social economics (the social economy/third sector, social networks, fair trade, socially responsible consumption and production, experimental work on fairness, etc.); and (4) publishing outlets and strategies for graduate students and recent Ph.D.s. 

Fellows must be graduate students or recent Ph.D.s in economics or related fields. 

Awards:  Fellows accepted to the Summer School will receive complementary room and meals for the Summer School and the World Congress, complementary registration to the World Congress, plus all Summer School materials, a package worth up to $1,400.  Some travel stipends are also available on a competitive basis. 

Fellow Obligations:  Accepted fellows must become members of ASE and submit a Summer School refundable deposit of $100 (that will be returned upon completion of the World Congress).  All fellows must commit to participating in all sessions of the Summer School and to staying for the entire World Congress. 

Program: Click here for the Provisional Program

Applications: Click here for the Application Instructions and Form

Or, go to the ASE website (socialeconomics.org/), click on "Conferences," then "World Congress Summer School" to see the Overview, Preliminary Program, and Application.

The application deadline is March 1, 2012.

For questions contact Aurelie Charles, Chair, Summer School Selection Committee, at A.Charles@bath.ac.uk

Association for Social Economics sessions at 2012 Eastern Economic Association meetings

The following conference sessions at the 2012 Eastern Economic Association meetings in Boston were assembled and sponsored by the Association for Social Economics. (See here for the complete conference program.)


Friday, March 9 10:15-11:45 a.m.

Session Chair: Mark D. White, College of Staten Island

  • "Religions, Religiosity and Subjective Wellbeing in Canada," Maryam Dilmaghani and Jordan Mahar, Saint Mary’s University
  • "Happy for How Long? Social Capital, GDP and Well-Being over Time," Stefano Bartolini, University of Siena, CEPS/INSTEAD, Luxembourg; Francesco Sarracino, CEPS/INSTEAD Luxembourg
  • "The Distributional Effects of the Great Recession and Its Aftermath," Martha Starr, American University


Friday, March 9 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Session Chair: Michael Murray, Bemidji State University

  • "Can Capitalist Mode of Production be Biophysically Sustainable?" Josefina Y. Li, University of Missouri Kansas City
  • "Economic Growth and Social Capital: Happily Together Ever After?" Francesco Sarracino, CEPS/INSTEAD, Luxembourg
  • "The Ethics of Gender Equality in Africa," Eman Selim, Tanta University


Saturday, March 10 9:45 a.m.

Session Chair: Mark D. White, College of Staten Island

  • "Closing the Eyes on a Gloomy Future: Psychological Causes and Economic Consequences," Rachid Laajaj, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • "The Problem with Preferences," Mark D. White, College of Staten Island (last-minute substitution)
  • "Preferences and Values as Implicit Premises of Economic Models," Silvia Zorzetto, Milan University


Saturday, March 10 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Session Chair: Mark D. White, College of Staten Island

  • "Virtues and Moral Duties Realized: Volunteering and Corporate Social Responsibility," Yevgeniya Ovsiyenko, Sabanci University
  • "The Human Body as Collateral: Are the Poor More Susceptible to Bio-Exploitation?" Cristina Richie, Boston College
  • "Can Price Affect Principled Moral Behavior?" Mark D. White, College of Staten Island


Call for papers: Association for Social Economics meetings at 2013 ASSA conference

Association for Social Economics

Call for Papers

Allied Social Science Association Annual Meeting
San Diego, California, January 4-6, 2013

THEME:  The Evolving Social Nature of Exchange

What is the social nature of exchange?  Adam Smith, for example, theorized that the desire to persuade others, rather than to profit from them, was the initial impetus for market interaction.  People trade ideas and feelings as well as goods.  Motives of benevolence, malevolence, and shared sympathy, in addition to self-interest, play motivational roles in exchange, work, and consumption. 

The Industrial Revolution dramatically enlarged the scope of goods manufactured by unknown workers and traded in anonymous global markets. The identity of the artisan shrank as the standard of living grew. Foreign currencies, commodities and stocks are sold today by computers and not by persuasion.  Yet the modern economy is not dominated by commodities and manufactured goods, rather, it is geared to providing services generally delivered by persons with identities.

For example, micro finance sweeps the world, using social capital (friendships and family) as a form of financial collateral.  Call centers in Asia train workers to speak with American accents to create fellow feeling. Modern technology promotes the formation of social networks that enrich and extend personal relationships in many ways, and degrade and trivialize them in others.  There is a resurgence of interest in homegrown markets, in which buyers interact face-to-face with local farmers and artisan-vendors.

For the ASE sessions at the 2013 ASSA meetings we welcome proposals for papers on all aspects of the evolving social nature of exchange. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Going local: Farmers' and other local markets re-personalize exchange
  • Community investment as a way to re-personalize exchange
  • Identity (personal and social) and exchange
  • The resurgence of cities and social externalities in consumption and production
  • The role of social networks in personal and business life
  • Are social networks becoming commercialized and/or corrupted?
  • Do global connections in exchange make markets more moral? 
  • Local customs and culture as expressions of social relationships in exchange
  • The nature and impact of market exchange on the institution of the family
  • The evolving social nature of global exchange, institutions, and the status of women

Please electronically submit a paper title and abstract of up to 250 words to Jonathan Wight, ASE President-Elect, at jwight@richmond.edu, with the words “ASE 2012 Program” in the title. Proposals should include all authors’ names and institutional affiliations, and contact info for the corresponding author, including email address. Proposals for complete sessions are also welcome. Submission deadline is April 30, 2012.

Individuals whose papers are accepted for presentation must either be or become members of the Association for Social Economics by July 1, 2012 in order for the paper to be included in the program.  Membership information can be found at www.socialeconomics.org.

All papers presented at the ASSA meetings are eligible for the Warren Samuels Prize, awarded to the best paper that advances the goals of social economics and has widespread appeal. Papers can also be considered for a special issue of the Forum for Social Economics. Details of these opportunities will be sent to authors of accepted papers.