Masterclass Wissenschaftstheorie

June 25, 2014

GGS Masterclass:

Die Sein/Sollen Dichotomie in den Sozialwissenschaften

Diese Veranstaltung wird organisiert von der GGS Sektion Wissenschaftstheorie.

Organisatorisches

Referenten: Dr. Christine Tiefensee (Lehrstuhl für Politische Theorie, Universität Bamberg)

Termine: 09.10.2014, 9:00-16:00 Uhr und 10.10.2014, 10:00-15:00 Uhr

Ort: Raum 601 (Untergeschoss), Licher Str. 66, 35394 Gießen

Details hier.


Economics Research Seminar (Giessen)

April 24, 2014

This is the program for the economics research seminar at the University of Giessen, which is organized by Prof. Peter Tillmann, Dr. Johannes Paha and myself.

Date Speaker Title Room
May 7, 2014 Tobias Regner, Ph.D. (MPI Jena) Moral Wiggle Room and Reciprocity R 601
May 28, 2014 Prof. Dr. Dennis Gärtner (Uni Bonn) Cooperate Leniency in a Dynamic World: The Preemptive Push of an Uncertain Future R 601
June 6, 2014 Prof. Dr. Christine Zulehner (Uni Frankfurt) TBA R 601
June 18, 2014 Prof. Kundan Kishor, Ph.D. (U Wisconsin, Milwaukee) What Moves the Price-Rent Ratio for Housing? A Modified Present-Value Approach R 601
July 9, 2014 Dr. Bettina Klose (Uni Zurich) Moderating Alliances R 601

All talks start at 6 pm.


Adaptive Präferenzen

March 1, 2014

Rainer Hank berichtet hier über Carl Christian von Weizsäckers Konzept der adaptiven Präferenzen (Symposion anläßlich Bertram Schefolds 70. Geburtstag). Prof. Weizsäckers Vortragsmanuskript gibt’s hier.

Menschen, die nicht schon als Ökonomen auf die Welt gekommen sind, fanden dieses Konzept der starren Präferenzen immer schon wunderlich und wenig plausibel. Der Alltagserfahrung viel näher kommt der Verdacht, dass Präferenzen sich ändern je nach Umgebung, in der wir gerade leben, oder nach der Rolle, die wir gerade spielen. Präferenzen befinden sich im Wettstreit nicht nur inter-, sondern auch innersubjektiv:  Der Gelegenheitsraucher sucht langfristig Gesundheit und kurzfristig Genuss und leidet durch diesen inneren Widerspruch ständig an sich selbst. Kognitive Dissonanzen pflegt man solche Widersprüche vornehm zu nennen.


Voting and Self-Image

December 4, 2013

People vote because voting is what they should do and they don’t want to lie if asked whether they did vote. This is found in a field experiment by Stefano DellaVigna et al. (paper, short interview).

Letting people know that others might ask them, is an obvious implication of our study, and it turns out that the Obama campaign did just that, too, as part of their turnout experiments. They let Democratic voters know that they would be asked whether they voted, and so this tight-knit community where there is some informal monitoring does seem to be one of the ways that keeps up voting. Now you may ask, “Is this a good or a bad thing, potentially inflicting shame and guilt on those that don’t vote?”, and that’s part of what we point to. That’s part of how we get voting to be high enough, which is generally a desirable objective.


Economics Research Seminar (Giessen)

November 21, 2013

This is the program for the economics research seminar at the University of Giessen, which is organized by Dr. Johannes Paha and myself.

Date Speaker Title Room
Oct. 28, 2013 Prof. Lutz Kilian, PhD (Univ. of Michigan) Quantifying the Role of Speculation in Oil Markets HS 24a
Dec. 4, 2013 Florian Hoos, PhD (HEC Paris) Can They Serve Different Masters? R 601
Dec. 11, 2013 Dr. Benjamin Weigert (German Council of Economic Experts) Vorstellung des Jahresgutachtens des Sachverständigenrats HS 3
Jan., 15, 2014 Prof. Dr. Oliver Hülsewig (University of Applied Sciences Munich) Smells like fiscal policy? Evaluating the potential effectiveness of the ECB’s OMT program R 601
Feb., 5, 2014 Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kranz (Ulm University) Predatory Short-Sales and Bailouts R 601

All talks start at 6 pm.


new Paper

September 23, 2013

My new paper “Rewards and the private provision of public goods on dynamic networks” is published in the Journal of Evolutionary Economics (here).


Frank Hahn

February 22, 2013

Last month, Frank Hahn (1925-2013), one of the fathers of general equilibrium theory, has passed away.

In 1991 he wrote about the next 100 years of economic theory:

I am pretty certain that the following prediction will prove correct: theorising of the ‘pure’ sort will become both less enjoyable and less possible.

The full article, in which he argues that economics will become a ‘softer’ subject, is definitely worth reading.
Also, there is a tribute written by Geoff Harcourt (pdf).


Nobel Price goes to Roth & Shapley

October 16, 2012

As someone working in game theory I was delighted to hear that Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley were awared rthe 2012 Nobel Price in economics. Here is a nice piece on Roth’s work on dwarf-tossing and wife-carrying.
Veronika Grimm explains Shapley’s and Roth’s work on matching and its practical relevance for a broad audience here (in German).


How to survive peer review

September 3, 2012

Here is a very good description on how to surive the peer review process.


Journal of Economic Perspectives

August 23, 2012

The Journal of Economic Perspectives JEP celebrates its 25th birthday. Access to all issues is now free.


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