Economic Methodology: Models, Measurement, and Interventions

March 8, 2024 - March 9, 2024
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University

Palo Alto 94109
United States

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Chapman University
University of California, Irvine
Stanford University

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Economic Methodology: Models, Measurement, and Interventions

Primary contact:

Nadia Ruiz, Stanford University ([email protected])

Organizing Committee:

Kobi Finestone, Chapman University ([email protected])

Benjamin Genta, University of California, Irvine ([email protected])

Marcos Picchio, ([email protected])


Malte Dold, Pomona College

Jennifer Jhun, Duke University 

Armin Schulz, University of Kansas

"Author-Meets-Critics" session

Author: Dan Hausman, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Book: The Inexact and Separate Science of Economics 2nd edition.


Alexander Rosenberg, Duke University

Nadia Ruiz, Stanford University

Margaret Schabas, The University of British Columbia


Economic methodology encompasses the systematic analysis of the principles and techniques that economists employ to understand economic phenomena and craft policy interventions. Ranging from debates concerning the epistemic status of theoretical and empirical models to analyses of specific econometric techniques and experimental methods, economic methodology attempts to understand economics as both an academic discipline and as a practical tool for social engineering.

For this conference, all topics in and related to economic methodology are welcome. The conference is also an opportunity to build a network of scholars interested in how economics works, including philosophers, economists, historians, and sociologists.

Example topics include but are not limited to the following:

·      Empirical economics and its relationship to economic theory.

·      Experimental economics and its implications for economic methodology.

·      Modeling, data mining, and testing.

·      Economic imperialism and the future of the social sciences.

·      Causal inference, counterfactuals, and policy analysis.

·      Economists as scientists and as public intellectuals.

Those interested in participating in the conference are invited to send an abstract of up to 750 words to [email protected] by December 4th, 2023. Please write “Economic Methodology Conference” in the subject line. The accepted speakers will be notified by January 5th, 2024.

Submission Guidelines:

I. Abstracts must be prepared for anonymous review––authors are required to remove any information that could identify them.

II. Two documents:

a. One document should include the title of the paper, the name and academic affiliation of the author, contact email.

b. One document should include the title of the paper and abstract.

c. PDF or Word.doc

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