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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Forum for Social Economics on Formal Methods for Integrated Socio-Economic Analysis

Call for Papers, Special Issue of the Forum for Social Economics, Issue 3-2014 (November)

Special Issue Editor: Tara Natarajan, Associate Professor, Economics, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT, USA

Formal Methods for Integrated Socio-Economic Analysis

This Special Issue of Forum for Social Economics invites papers on the following topics:

a) Use and applications of the Social Fabric Matrix Approach (SFM-A): Descriptive and analytical uses, applications and extensions of the SFM-A to recent domestic/ international/ global socio- economic problems, and contemporary policy matters. Use and applications of other integrated methodologies such as Ostrom's Institutional Analysis and Development Framework (IAD) to recent domestic/ international/ global socio economic problems, and contemporary policy matters are also sought.

Employing contextually relevant quantitative methods such as econometrics, complex modeling, embedded game theory, system dynamics and/ or computer simulations to the integrated framework of choice is particularly encouraged. Discussions of internal consistency, extensions between the integrated framework of choice, and quantitative analytical technique are highly encouraged.

b) Discussions: Are there congruencies between integrated frameworks (e.g., SFM-A and IAD)? Can integrated methodologies reach beyond case studies and heterodox schools of thought? Perspectives on the question of broader applicability of integrated approaches in the field of economics are highly encouraged. Are these integrated approaches largely limited to heterodox thought? Are there certain sub-fields within economics that find a natural congruence with holistic frameworks? What are some of the critical questions that need to be asked of holistic methodologies, frameworks, and approaches in the interest of broader applicability within and beyond heterodox economics?

Motivation and Description

The SFM-A (Hayden) and IAD (Ostrom) are two examples of integrated approaches to analysis and policy making that help delineate, distill, and analyze complex socio economic issues in a holistic, non-reductionist framework. These frameworks are designed to help researchers understand institutions and evolutionary socio-economic processes and allow for embedding the complexity of social interaction into the analysis. The SFM-A (Hayden 2006) is designed to identify cultural values, social beliefs, institutions, technology, prevailing attitudes, and environmental context of any socio economic process (Natarajan, Fullwiler, and Elsner 2009). The IAD framework comes out of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and focusses on understanding institutions at all scales (Ostrom 2005). While there are divergences between the SFM-A and IAD, there is a convergence in their goal; both seek to retain institutional complexity and thus expand the informational base of analyzing any socio-economic process. Both methodologies seek to identify institutional rules and reasons for individual and social behaviors.

Hayden, Gregory F. 2006. Policy Making for A Good Society: The Social Fabric Matrix Approach to Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (Springer).
Natarajan, Elsner and Fullwiler (Eds.). 2009. Institutional Analysis and Praxis: The Social Fabric Matrix Approach (Springer).
Ostrom, Elinor. 2005. Understanding Institutional Diversity (Princeton University Press).

This is an invitation for you to consider submitting an article to this special issue of Forum for Social Economics and/or serving as a reviewer for the articles submitted to the special issue.

Please reply to me at tnatarajan@smcvt.edu and indicate yes/ no to the following:

I am interested in submitting an article _________

I agree to serve as a reviewer _________

Tara Natarajan


Call for papers: ASE sessions at the 2014 Eastern Economic Association meetings

Submissions are now open for the Association for Social Economics sessions at the 2014 Eastern Economic Association meetings, being held in Boston from March 14-16, 2014.

Individual papers and organized sessions on any topic related to social economics are welcome. As usual, proposals dealing with economics and philosophy are particularly encouraged. All whose proposals are accepted must register for the conference but do not have to pay the paper submission fee.

Please email Professor Mark D. White (profmdwhite@hotmail.com) with your proposal and any questions about the meetings by November 1. (This is slightly earlier than usual to allow any papers not accepted in the ASE sessions to be submitted to the general conference by its deadline of November 15.)


Call for papers: Association for Social Economics sessions at Midwest Economics Association meetings

Call for Papers

Deadline: October 2, 2013

Association for Social Economics
at the Midwest Economics Association
79th Annual Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
March 21-23, 2014
Hilton Orrington
Evanston, Illinois

Theme: Advances in Social Economics Research and Pedagogy

Social economic approaches to the analysis and understanding of economic phenomena have a long and rich history. The mission of the Association for Social Economics (ASE) is, "to advance scholarly research and writing about the great questions of economics, human dignity, ethics, and philosophy."

What contributions are social economists making toward advancing this mission today? This session seeks to introduce economists to the breadth of research being undertaken under the banner of social economics. Social economists from all fields of economic inquiry are invited to share their research and pedagogical innovations. The focus will be on identifying those aspects of research and teaching that represent the contemporary methods, values and commitments of social economics.

Please submit a copy of the paper title and abstract (up to 250 words) to Bruce Pietrykowski, Midwest ASE Regional Director, at bpie@umich.edu no later than October 2, 2013.

Please refer to the Midwest Economics Association web site for further information regarding the 2013 MEA Conference: http://web.grinnell.edu/MEA/.