SOS Meeting – Agenda

29 12 2014

The information below outlines the agenda for the annual meeting of the Society of Socio-Economists (SOS) on Tuesday, January 6in Washington, D.C. A series of concurrent sessions will follow a morning plenary that is intended to provide a forum to discuss how the ‘socio-economic’ approach to economic analysis can help connect disciplines and perhaps chart new research collaborations/projects.

2014-12-11_0849A list of meeting participants can be found here.

The meeting is open to professionals, academics, and students. The registration fee is $75 for professionals and academics and $10 for students. This fee can be reduced or waived if needed.

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Plenary Session

Topics to be discussed include…

  1. Socio-Economic Theory
  2. Sustainable Economic Growth
  3. Wealth and Income Distribution
  4. Poverty, Race, Gender, and Class
  5. Corporate Fiduciary Duties, Governance, and Social Responsibility
  6. Social Entrepreneurship
  7. Economic, Financial, and Environmental Regulation
  8. Economics of War and Peace
  9. Tax Policy
  10. Ethical Dimensions of Economic Analysis

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon Panel

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • 1-A Connecting and Integrating Strategies for an Economic Transformation

Nicholas Ashford (M.I.T.) (Organizer/Moderator)
Ralph Hall (Virginia Tech)
Katherine McFate (Center for Effective Government)

  • 1-B Reinventing the State in an Era of Inequality

June Carbone (Minnesota) (Organizer/Moderator)
Sara Jordan (Virginia Tech)
Nina Kohn (Syracuse)
Katie Wells (Virginia Tech)

  • 1-C Socio-Economic Theory

Robert Ashford (Syracuse) (Organizer/Moderator)
Stephan Padfield (Akron)

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • 2-A Governing Environmental Justice in the Context of Climate Change

Susan M. Sterett (Virginia Tech) (Organizer/Moderator)
Jalonne White-Newsome (WE ACT)

  • 2-B Financial Services Regulation in Times of Financial Crisis

Michael Malloy (McGeorge) (Organizer/Moderator)
Colleen Baker (Illinois)

  • 2-C Socio-economics Perspectives on Economic Theory

Stefan Padfield (Akron) (Moderator)
David Bieri (Virginia Tech)
Robert Kirsch (Salisbury University)

6:00 p.m. Concluding Plenary





SOS Meeting in Washington D.C. (Jan 6)

11 12 2014

On Tuesday, January 6the Society of Socio-Economists (SOS) will be holding its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. This years meeting on “Socio-Economics: Broadening the Economic Debate” is being co-sponsored by SPIA and promises to be a valuable and thought provoking event with notable speakers (see below).2014-12-09_1345

The intent of the meeting is to provide people with an opportunity to explore how their research may connect with the ‘socio-economic’ approach to economic analysis, and to build bridges between disciplines and perhaps chart new research collaborations/projects. I have reproduced the “Statement of Socio-Economic Principles” below for those who are not familiar with this text. The principles provide both a sound epistemological foundation and set of ethical rules of fair play regarding economic analysis that could aid the formulation of public policy.

2014-12-11_0849The meeting will consist of a morning plenary followed by a series of concurrent sessions in the afternoon. The plenary is intended to provide a forum that affords everyone a chance to speak and exchange views. Whereas the concurrent sessions allow for more narrowly focused, but still broad, discussions.

The growing list of meeting participants includes the following individuals:

Statement of Socio-Economic Principles

Socio-economics begins with the assumption that economics is not a self-contained system, but is embedded in society, polity, culture, and nature. Drawing upon economics, sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, biology, and other social and natural sciences, philosophy, history, law, management, and other disciplines, socio-economics regards competitive behavior as a subset of human behavior within a societal and natural context that both enables and constrains competition and cooperation. Rather than assume that the individual pursuit of self-interest automatically or generally tends toward an optimal allocation of resources, socio-economics assumes that societal sources of order are necessary for people and markets to function efficiently. Rather than assume that people act only rationally, or that they pursue only self-interest, socio-economics seeks to advance a more encompassing interdisciplinary understanding of economic behavior open to the assumption that individual choices are shaped not only by notions of rationality but also by emotions, social bonds, beliefs, expectations, and a sense of morality.

Socio-economics is both a positive and a normative science. It is dedicated to the empirical, reality testing approach to knowledge. It respects both inductive and deductive reasoning. But it also openly recognizes the policy relevance of teaching and research and seeks to be self-aware of its normative implications rather than maintaining the mantle of an exclusively positive science. Although it sees questions of value inextricably connected with individual and group economic choices, socio-economics does not entail a commitment to any one paradigm or ideological position, but is open to a range of thinking that treats economic behavior as involving the whole person and all facets of society within a continually evolving natural context.

Unique among interdisciplinary approaches, however, socio-economics recognizes the pervasive and powerful influence of the neoclassical paradigm on twentieth century thought. Recognizing that people first adopt paradigms of thought and then perform their inductive, deductive, and empirical analyses, socio-economists seek to examine the assumptions of the neoclassical paradigm, develop a rigorous understanding of its limitations, improve upon its application, and develop alternative, perhaps complementary, approaches that are predictive, exemplary, and morally sound. With modest amendment, this description of Socio-economics was the substance of the petition signed by more than one hundred twenty law professors from over fifty member schools of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), to establish the AALS Section on Socio-Economics. It serves as the constitution of the Section. Source.

Additional information of socio-economics can be read in this paper on Socio-Economics – An Overview by Prof. Robert Ashford.