Christian Schubert: Exploring the (behavioural) political economy of nudging

In recent years, a novel, specifically institutional approach to public regulation has become popular, particularly in the Anglo-Saxon world: ‘Libertarian Paternalism’ promises to tackle society’s problems in a way that increases welfare without compromising people’s freedom and autonomy. The key instrument advanced by this programme is nudges. Although nudges’ ethical Weiterlesen…

1. Agora-Alumni-Treffen in Erfurt

Vom 5. bis 7. Januar 2018 trafen sich Teilnehmer der ersten beiden Jahrgänge der Agora Sommerakademie in Erfurt zum ersten Alumni-Treffen. Von den insgesamt 35 Alumni machten sich 17 auf den (zum Teil sehr langen) Weg nach Erfurt, um alte Freunde wiederzusehen und neue zu gewinnen. Die programmatische Gestaltung lag vollständig in der Hand der jungen Menschen zwischen 17 und 23 Jahren.

Interview with Israel M. Kirzner

Dr. Karen Horn has interviewed Israel M. Kirzner for the academic journal Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik. An English-language version has now been published by the online magazine CapX. Here is Kirzner’s take on neoclassical economics: „For neoclassicals, the entrepreneurial element is a nuisance, a pest, something they would wish to eliminate because it makes it difficult or in fact impossible for them to derive clear results.“

Nils Goldschmidt/Erik Grimmer-Solem/Joachim Zweynert: On the Purpose and Aims of the Journal of Contextual Economics

The Editors of the new Schmollers Jahrbuch Journal of Contextual Economics, Nils Goldschmidt (University of Siegen), Erik Grimmer-Solem (Wesleyan University), and Joachim Zweynert (Witten/Herdecke University) are glad to announce that the first issue has now appeared. It contains contributions by John B. Davis, Geoffrey M. Hodgson, Richard Sturn, Stephen T. Ziliak & Samuel Barbour, and Philip Mirowski.