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Association for Social Economics program at the 2013 ASSA meetings

Association for Social Economics
ASE/ASSA Meetings
January 3-6, 2013
San Diego, CA

Opening Plenary Session and Reception
      Thursday, January 3, 6:30 p.m.
Marriott Marquis and Marina, San Diego Ballroom B

Center for Neuroeconomics Studies, Claremont Graduate University

The Neuroeocnomics of Trust:  The Moral Molecule

Jonathan B. Wight, University of Richmond, Presiding

Reception Immediately Following

Friday, January 4           8:00  a.m.                 Marriott Marquis and Marina, Rancho Santa Fe 1

Session Title:  Dignity, Status, and Social Exchange
Presiding: Mark D. White, College of Staten Island / City University of New York

A Model of Status, Norms of Universal Dignity, and Social Exchange
Gerardo Largoza, De La Salle University

Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Ahab and Brand: Virtue, Authenticity, Rationality, and the Disfigurement of Character
Elias L. Khalil, Monash University

Steps Toward a Field of Law-and-Social-Economics
Mark D. White, College of Staten Island / City University of New York

Beneficence and Commerce: Adam Smith’s Unfinished Project
Robert Garnett, Texas Christian University

"The Woman Question": A History of Economic Thought Perspective
Laura Cardwell (University of Missouri - Kansas City)

Friday, January 4             10:15 a.m.               Marriott Marquis and Marina, Rancho Santa Fe 1

Session Title:  Gender and Race Stratification: Effects of the 'Great Moderation' and the 'Great Recession'
Session Co-Sponsored with IAFEE

Presiding:  Tonia Warnecke, Rollins College

Financialization, the Great Recession and the Stratification of the US Labor Market
Philip Arestis, University of Cambridge, Aurelie Charles, University of Bath, and Giuseppe Fontana, University of Leeds

Gender, Race/Ethnicity and the 2007-09 Great Recession: Another Look Within the Household
Manuel Buitrago, American University and Martha A. Starr, American University

From Prison and Housing Construction to Wealth Evisceration to City Destruction: The Cumulative Cycle of Structural Race/Gender Divides in California’s Central Valley
Gary Dymski, University of Leeds and Jesus Hernandez, University of California – Davis

Discussants:  Cecilia Conrad, Pomona College
                       Tonia Warnecke, Rollins College
                      Barbara Hopkins, Wright State University

Friday, January 4             2:30 p.m.             Marriott Marquis and Marina, San Diego Ballroom C
Joint Session with the Society of Government Economists

Panel Session:  Ethics and Professional Economic Practice – Next Steps?
Jonathan B. Wight, University of Richmond

George F. DeMartino, Universitiy of Denver
David Colander, Middlebury College
David M. Levy, George Mason University
Sandra J. Peart, University of Richmond
Steven Payson, AIRLEAP



Friday, January 4 beginning at 4:45 p.m.
Marriott Marquis and Marina - Rancho Santa Fe 1

Martha Starr, Presiding


Saturday, January 5 beginning at 7:45 a.m.
Marriott Marquis and Marina, Santa Rosa

Jonathan B. Wight , Presiding
Universitiy of Richmond

Martha A. Starr
American University

The Social Responsibility of Business Through a
Social Economics Lens


Saturday, January 5            10:15 a.m.          Marriott Marquis and Marina, Rancho Santa Fe 1

Session Title:   Health, Social Exchanges, and Economic Life
Presiding:   Robert McMaster, University of Glasgow

Kenneth Boulding: The First Social Health Economist?
Robert McMaster, University of Glasgow

Spatial Identification of Stigma Behavior through Social Networks: The Case of Selling Blood
Xi Chen, Yale University

Biform Matching Games: The Firm and Exchange
Roger McCain, Drexel University

Making a Living in 21st Century America: Social Networks and New Opportunities
Daphne Greenwood, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs

Student Academic Dishonesty: Capitalism and Crime in the Classroom
Peter Schuhmann, University of North Carolina - Wilmington

Saturday, January 5           2:30 p.m.          Marriott Marquis and Marina, Rancho Santa Fe 1

Session Title:  Plural Perspectives on Labor Markets: Behavioral, Feminist, Institutional, and Empirical 
Presiding: Bruce Kaufman, Georgia State University

Insights of Behavioral and Experimental Economics on How Labor Markets Work
Morris Altman, Victoria University of Wellington

Modeling Labor Markets: A Feminist Economics Perspective
Deb Figart and Ellen Mutari, Stockton College, Marilyn Power, Sarah Lawrence College

Modeling Labor Markets: Conclusions from 30+ Years of Research and Investigation
Richard Freeman, Harvard & NBER

Discussants:    Morris Kleiner, University of Minnesota
                         Paula Voos, Rutgers University

Sunday, January 6               8:00 a.m.          Marriott Marquis and Marina, Rancho Santa Fe 1

Session Title: Identity, Development, and Social Economics
Presiding: John Davis, Marquette University

Costly Posturing: Relative Status, Ceremonies and Early Child Development
Xi Chen, Yale University and Xiaobo Zhang, International Food Policy Research Institute

Identity and Communication Ethos: The Zapatista Autonomous Communities in Chiapas
Pablo Hernandez, Hollins University

The Impacts of Community Participation on Rural Development: Evidence from the Poverty Reduction Fund Project in Laos
Hatthachan Phimphanthavong, University of Trento

Eco-political Construction of Identities as a Means to “Sustainable” Agrarian Reform: The Case of Ciriaco Women’s Coconut Breakers in Brazil
Olympio Barbanti, Jr., Independent Consultant and Ramon Fernandez, Federal University of ABC

Discussants: John Davis, Marquette University
                       Natalia Bracarense, SUNY-Postdam
                      Jonathan B. Wight, University of Richmond


Sunday, January 6             10:15 a.m.               Marriott Marquis and Marina, Rancho Santa Fe 1

Session Title:  Social Networks, Human Capital and Social Exchange
Ellen Mutari, Richard Stockton College

Peer Effects in Adolescents' Delinquent Behaviors: Evidence from a Binary Choice Network Model
Xu Lin, Wayne State University

Is Child Marriage a Reason for High Marital Violence in Bangladesh?
Shahnaz Abdullah, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

English Proficiency and Earnings of Foreign-Born Immigrants in the U.S. from 1980-2000 and the Role of Minority-Language Enclaves
Ying Zhen, Wesleyan College

Sustainability as a Barrier to Diversity in Academia: Views from Indonesia, Australia and the United States
Janet Spitz, The College of St. Rose and Andre A. Pekerti, The University of Queensland

Integrated vs. Mixed Neighborhoods: Exploiting the Social Nature of Exchange to Unveil the Deep Processes of Residential Segmentation
Gwilym Pryce, University of Glasgow, Kevin Brown, Anderson University, and Nema Dean, University of Glasgow

Discussants:   Zohreh Emami, Alverno College                 
                       Wilfred A. Dolfsma, University of Groningen
                       Christopher Gunn, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Call for abstracts: Pro-Social Strategies for Public Welfare (The Role of Social Capital and Trust)

Pro-Social Strategies for Public Welfare: The Role of Social Capital and Trust

 Panel/Stream Proposal for IIPPE Fourth Annual Conference in Political Economy, International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands July 9-11, 2013

Dr. Luca Andriani, Birkbeck College University of London, UK

Dr. Asimina Christoforou, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece


The Fourth International Conference in Political Economy will take place in The Hague (The Netherlands) July 9-11, 2013. The conference theme is “Activism and Alterative Economic Strategies” in light of the on-going economic and political crisis (for details, please consult IIPPE’s new website at http://iippe.org/wp/).

As members of the IIPPE social capital working group, we propose a panel on “Pro-social Strategies for Public Welfare: The Role of Social Capital and Trust”. In the past decades, state and market institutions have failed to deliver redistribution and welfare in both developing and high-income geopolitical contexts, particularly after the global economic crisis broke out. This induced agents to engage in short-term, self-oriented strategies either to consolidate their power or salvage a subsistence level of living, which impedes collective action for social reform and the promotion of long-term public benefits. Nonetheless, and in response to deeper recession, social upheaval and political instability, there are collective efforts for social awareness and mobilisation to confront immediate problems of destitution and to reclaim people’s right to a quality of life.

In this sense, the panel aims to open a constructive discussion on the role of social capital and trust in building pro-social strategies for public welfare. We ask how norms and networks of cooperation, reciprocity and trust could facilitate – or hinder – a wider range of pro-social strategies, which could include, but are not limited to:

  • active social and political participation to deal with the democratic deficit of both the developed and developing world;
  • assessing events of corruption associated not only with the effects and motives of rent-seeking behaviour and tax evasion, but also with the imperspicuous transactions of powerful economic and political groups;
  • advocacy and redistributive functions of non-governmental organisations and voluntary associations that represent disadvantaged groups and fight for their needs and rights;
  • activities of social enterprises and cooperatives that provide alternative ways of production, based on general-interest objectives and innovative forms of democratic participation of
    stakeholders, workers and investors.

We welcome works that derive from various social science disciplines and use different units of analysis (individual, regional, country or cross-country level), methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative and quantitative).

Abstracts (500 words maximum) should be submitted by the 10th of February 2013 to: Luca Andriani (luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk) and/or Asimina Christoforou (asimina.christoforou@gmail.com