2018 HES Sessions at ASSA (Jan 5 to 7, 2018 – Philadelphia):


Session by Evelyn L. Forget: “Basic Income: The Past and the Present”

Chair: Elizabeth Rhodes, Oakland BI Project 

Guido Erreygers, University of Antwerp: Was Basic Income Invented in Belgium in 1848? Exploring the Origins and Continuing Relevance of a Simple Idea

Walter Van Trier, Ghent University: “Scheme for a State Bonus” and the Early Roots of Basic Income in the UK

Jurgen De Wispelaere, University of Bath & Independent Social Research Foundation: Basic Income in the European Social Investment Welfare State

Evelyn L. Forget, University of Manitoba: Narratives of Change: Contemporary Basic Income Experiments in Four High Income Countries

Discussants: Robert Dimand (Brock University), Edward Teather-Posadas (Colorado State University), Stephenson Strobel (Cornell University), and Elizabeth Rhodes



Session by Guy Numa: “Beyond Say’s Law: Reappraising Jean-Baptiste Say’s Political Economy”

Chair: Evelyn L. Forget, University of Manitoba

Guy Numa, University of Massachusetts Boston: Money is Not a Veil, Exchange is Not Barter, and Hoarding is Real: J.-B. Say on Money Holdings

Petur O. Jonsson, Fayetteville State University: On Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Market Adjustment in the Writings of J.-B. Say

Philippe Steiner, Université Paris-Sorbonne: Say on Statistics and the Administration

Discussants: Robert W. Dimand (Brock University), Evelyn L. Forget (University of Manitoba), Gonçalo Fonseca (Institute for New Economic Thinking)


Session by Till Düppe : “Economic Knowledge in Socialism”

Chair: Gérard Roland, University of California Berkeley

Ivan Boldyrev, University of Bochum, and Till Düppe, Université du Québec à Montréal: Economic Knowledge in Socialism: Forms, Integration, Isolation

Joachim Zweynert, University of Witten Herdecke: The Sixtiers as Political Economists: The Case of Leonid Ivanovich Abalkin

Richard Ericson, East Carolina University: The Growth and Marcescence of the ‘System of the Optimal Functioning of the Economy’

Johanna Bockman, George Mason University: Socialist Banking in Yugoslavia and the Third World through the 1980s Debt Crisis

Discussant: Gérard Roland


Session by Franck Jovanovic: “Physics and Financial Economics: New Transfers and New Relations ”.

Joint session with the American Finance Association


Chair: Christophe Schinckus, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and David Colander, Middlebury College: The Future of Economics:Econophysics or Econoengineering?

John B. Davis, Marquette University and University of Amsterdam: Agent-Based Modeling’s Open Methodology Approach: Simulation, Reflexivity, and Abduction

Geoffrey Poitras, Simon Fraser University: Econophysics, Ergodicity, and the History of Economic Theory

Franck Jovanovic, TELUQ University, Rosario N. Mantegna, Palermo University, and Christophe Schinckus: When Financial Economics influences Physics: The Case of Econophysics

Discussants: Alan Kirman (University of Aix-Marseille III and EHESS), Marcel Boumans (Utrecht University), Emmanuel Haven (University of Leicester), and Xavier Gabaix (Harvard University)