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The origins and future of inequality - keynote by Samuel Bowles
Thu 4 May 2017, 17:30 – 18:45 BST
We are pleased to invite you to our event The origins and future of inequality - a keynote lecture by Samuel Bowles. The lecture (to be followed by an open discussion) will present new research on wealth inequalities over the past 11 thousand years, and the implications of these data on how both technology and politics will influence the future course of economic disparities.The lecture will also suggest how inequality could be an integral part of the study of economics.
The event will take place in University Place Lecture Theatre A of the University of Manchester.
About Samuel Bowles
SAMUEL BOWLES, (PhD, Economics, Harvard University) is Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute where he heads the Behavioral Sciences Program. He taught economics at Harvard from 1965 to 1973 and since then at the University of Massachusetts, where he is now emeritus professor and at the University of Siena from 2002 to 2010 where he continues to occasionally teach.
Bowles' current research also includes theoretical and empirical studies of political hierarchy and wealth inequality and their evolution over the very long run. His studies on cultural and genetic evolution have challenged the conventional economic assumption that people are motivated entirely by self-interest. Recent papers have also explored how organizations, communities, and nations could be better governed in light of the fact that altruistic and ethical motives are common in most populations.
His scholarly papers have appeared in Science, Nature, New Scientist, American Economic Review, Theoretical Population Biology, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Behavioral and Brain Science, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Journal of Public Economics, Theoretical Primatology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Harvard Business Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Current Anthropology, and the Economic Journal.
His most recent book is The Moral Economy: Why good laws are no substitute for good citizens (Yale University Press, 2016). Other recent books include A Cooperative Species: Human reciprocity and its evolution (with Herbert Gintis, Princeton University Press, 2011), The new economics of inequality and redistribution, (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions, and Evolution (Princeton University Press, 2004).
He is currently working on Equality’s Moment: The origins and future of economic disparity and political hierarchy.
He has also served as an economic advisor to the governments of Cuba, South Africa, and Greece, to U.S presidential candidates Robert F. Kennedy and Jesse Jackson, to members of the Legislature of the State of New Mexico, to the Congress of South African Trade Unions, and to South African President Nelson Mandela.
Currently, Samuel is coordinating the development of a new economics curriculum for undergraduate students through the CORE (Curriculum Open-access Resources for Economics) Project, which you might have encountered in your first-year modules if you are studying Economics at UoM (www.core-econ.org)
His webpage is: http://www.santafe.edu/~bowles
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