Catherine Herfeld - Progress in Economics / ReSES ID seminar
Catherine Sophia Herfeld (Universität Hannover, University of Zürich, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, George Mason University, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München), Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki)

August 30, 2023, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Event: ReSES ID Seminar  
Speaker: Catherine Herfeld (University of Hannover)  
Title of the talk: Progress in Economics 
Discussant: Uskali Mäki 
Time: Wednesday 30.8.2023 from 14:00 to 16:00 (EEST, Helsinki time)
Place: Online via Zoom (link: email [email protected] )

We are happy to invite you to our next ReSES ID Seminar featuring a talk by Catherine Herfeld on “Progress in Economics”. In this talk, she will discuss a specific kind of progress that occurs in most branches of economics today: progress involving the repeated use of mathematical models.The talk will draw on the recent literature on model making, model transfer, and model application in philosophy of science to look at the case of economics.

The discussion will be led by Uskali Mäki, while N. Emrah Aydinonat will chair the seminar. This seminar will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, August 30th, 2023, from 14:00 to 16:00 (EEST, Helsinki time).


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Catherine Herfeld is Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics at the University of Hannover, Germany. Her research interests fall into the fields of philosophy of the social sciences, history of economics, and philosophy of economics. Catherine has recently received an ERC Starting Grant for a project entitled Model Transfer and Its Challenges in Science: The Case of Economics, which allows her to conceptually and empirically study why and how models are transferred across different scientific domains and what such model transfers imply for our understanding of scientific progress.


This is the 4th event in our ReSES ID Seminar series, which is a part of the Rethinking the Serviceability of Economics to Society project (funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation). At every ReSES ID Seminar, attendees can expect a central presentation, succeeded by a discussion facilitated by a designated commentator. The audience is encouraged to participate and offer their questions and comments. We welcome anyone interested in these subjects to join us and engage in valuable discussions and reflections. Students, in particular, are cordially invited to attend, and we look forward to their presence.

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