premio-diversidadThis prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. The first recipient of the prize was Alan Kirman in 2010. The second was Fernando Vega in 2011, the third Ariel Rubinstein in 2012 and the fourth Paul Seabright in 2013.

Nominations can be made on behalf of any researcher who now or in the past has worked in some of the institutions affiliated with ASSET. Nominations should include the list of publications of the candidate, with a clear indication of the date and journal when and where they appeared indicating, in the case of Economics, the JEL field or fields each publication belongs to. They may (but need not) include a nomination statement referring to the variety and the quality of the candidate’s work in Economics and other fields.

Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish. Last year´s nominees will be taken into account unless they express their will not to be considered.

Submissions have to reach the Foundation (FUE, Fortuny 37, sotabanco dcha. 28010, Madrid, Spain) or be sent through our contact form before June 15, 2014.

The method to classify candidates according to the diversity will take into account both the h-index and the number of areas in which the candidate has published as indicated by the web of science. In both cases proper weights will be assigned to the number of papers of quality as reflected by the h-index and to the number of areas in which the researcher has made significant contributions.

The FUE will appoint an ad-hoc Committee of four members chaired by the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and three other members. Aurelia Modrego, from Universidad Carlos III, will act as Secretary of the Committee. This Committee will choose a unique prize winner among those candidates pre-selected by the President and the Secretary. The decision, not subject to appeal, will be announced by the end of September 2014.

The prize will consist of a sculpture and a substantial direct financial aid for the organization, in connection with the 2015 ASSET meeting, of a special workshop conducted by the winner of the 2014 prize, on subjects reflecting the variety and scope of his or her research interests. The winner, by accepting the prize, will also commit to help organize the meeting. He will be presented the prize during the 2014 ASSET meetings, where the general subject of the special workshop will be announced.

 

paul seabrightProfessor Seabright was chosen as the recipient of the 2013 FUE Diversity Prize to acknowledge the wide range of interests, the broad views and the quality of his research, as well as the variety of his contributions. His work covers many fields from microeconomic theory, industrial organization and competition policy to intellectual property and the digital society as well as development economics,economics and human evolution and the economics of gender.

He is also directly involved in policy work and was a co-author of a report to the European Commission on Bailing out Banks.

In the case of professor Paul Seabright it is also worth mentioning the periodical regular columns in different newspapers where he contributes actively to the economic debate on the effects of economic policy, emphasizing the key role of the effectiveness in the performance of social institutions to achieve better direct forms of cooperation to reduce the fragility of the modern society. This effectiveness ought to be based on an education that enables people to evaluate the performance of the institutions and thus helps them to take rational decisions. He has, for example, examined how the establishment of cooperatives and appropriate levels of punishment are more effective in controlling water theft in arid countries than simple pricing mechanisms.

One of most attractive lines of his current research focuses on economics and human evolution. He shows that the concerns of economics overlap substantially with those of historians, biologists, anthropologists, novelists and other observes of human behavior. He argues in Company of Strangers that humans are unique in their ability to cooperate with members of their species to whom they are not related.

He has not hesitated to take controversial positions arguing for example that in some centrally planned countries the heavy emphasis on investment in physical investments produced long term benefits which more than offset the inefficiencies of the non-market allocation of goods.

One of the main goals of this research line is to explain and understand the paradox that a society whose members are interconnected as never before can nevertheless exclude some of its most vulnerable members.

For all of this, we are proud to announce the concession award of this 4th diversity prize to Paul Seabright.

 

La Fundación Aspen Institute España y la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid organizaron los días 4 y 5 de octubre el encuentro «Una conversación sobre los temas del presente y la transformación de España», un espacio de reflexión sobre los temas esenciales para el futuro económico, político y social de la España actual. La reunión contó con el patrocinio de Campus BBVA, Uría Menéndez y la Fundación Urrutia Elejalde.

El Seminario, coordinado por D. Juan Urrutia -presidente y fundador de la Fundación Urrutia Elejalde- estuvo organizado en torno a tres mesas o grupos de debate. En la primera mesa, «El modelo económico español desde el capitalismo global», dirigida por Antonio Cabrales -Catedrático de Economía en el University College London- como relator y Michele Boldrin -Director Ejecutivo de FEDEA y Profesor de Economía en la Washington University- como moderador, se analizaron los importantes retos a los que se enfrenta tanto España como el resto del mundo, no solo para mantener el nivel de bienestar, sino para que se reparta mejor, buscando maneras de afrontarlos con una posibilidad razonable de éxito.

En la segunda mesa, «La innovación en la representación política y la Estructura del Estado», en la que fueron respectivamente relator y moderador, Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca -Director del Instituto Carlos III-Juan March de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid y Profesor Titular de Ciencia Política en dicha Universidad- y Pablo Beramendi -Profesor de Economía Política en Duke University- se analizaron las causas de la caída en la confianza de las instituciones y actores políticos, de la corrupción en España y cómo puede esta ser reducida, qué reformas en las reglas y en la estructura del Estado son necesarias y convenientes, y las posibles maneras de restablecer el vínculo representativo entre ciudadanos y políticos.

Por último, Elías Fereres -Presidente de la Real Academia de Ingeniería- como relator, y Violeta Demonte -lingüista y catedrática de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid- como moderadora, guiaron el debate «Estrategias universitarias y política científica en España», centrado en el sistema universitario e investigador español, abordando posibilidades sobre cómo diseñar una política científica que fomente la calidad prioritariamente, cómo medir la producción y la calidad, el valor del riesgo, la relevancia frente a la excelencia, cómo fomentar la cultura de la investigación y la inversión real en I+D en el sector privado, qué modificaciones deben introducirse desde la educación secundaria hasta la universidad y la empresa para fomentar la cultura de la innovación.

Los 50 participantes, representantes de la política, del mundo académico y empresarial y cultural se reunieron, de manera rotativa, en torno a las tres mesas de debate con el fin de potenciar el diálogo de la sociedad civil sobre las consecuencias de la crisis, analizando los antecedentes, factores y síntomas de la misma, así como los posibles escenarios futuros a los que se enfrenta España.

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This prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. The first recipient of the prize was Alan Kirman in 2010. The second was Fernando Vega in 2011 and the third Ariel Rubinstein in 2012 Nominations can be made on behalf of any researcher who now or in the past has worked in some of the institutions affiliated with ASSET. Nominations should include the list of publications of the candidate, with a clear indication of the date and journal when and where they appeared indicating, in the case of Economics, the JEL field or fields each publication belongs to.

They may (but need not) include a nomination statement referring to the variety and the quality of the candidate’s work in Economics and other fields.

Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish. Last years nominees will be taken into account unless they express their will not to be considered.
Submissions have to reach the Foundation (FUE, Fortuny 37, sotabanco dcha. 28010, Madrid, Spain or be sent through our contact form before June 15, 2012.

The method to classify candidates according to the diversity will take into account both the h index and the number of areas in which the candidate has published as indicated by the web of science. In both cases proper weights will be assigned to the number of papers of quality as reflected by the h index and to the number of areas in which the researcher has made significant contributions.
The FUE will appoint an ad-hoc Committee of four members chaired by the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and three other members. Aurelia Modrego, from Universidad Carlos III, will act as Secretary of the Committee. This Committee will choose a unique prize winner among those candidates pre-selected by the President and the Secretary. The decision, not subject to appeal, will be announced by the end of september 2013.

The prize will consist of a sculpture and a substantial direct financial aid for the organization, in connection with the 2014 ASSET meeting, of a special workshop conducted by the winner of the 2013 prize, on subjects reflecting the variety and scope of his or her research interests. The winner, by accepting the prize, will also commit to help organize the special workshop in the 2014 ASSET meetings.

 

The jury of the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation Diversity Prize, composed of Juan Urrutia(Chair), Claude d’Asprémont, Alan Kirman , Salvador Barberà and Aurelia Modrego acting as Secretary, has unanimously agreed to declare Ariel Rubinstein as the winner of the prize’s third edition, for the year 2012.

Ariel Rubinstein is widely recognized as one of the leading economists by the profession. More than one hundred publications in economic theory, game theory, social choice, decision theory, behavioural andexperimental economics (and a highly original pioneering work in economics and language) are sufficient arguments for this decision.

But the jury would like to stress, as an example of the very existence of this FUE Diversity Prize, the deeper reasons underlying his quite original way of approaching economics, a way that might be at the origin of his diversity and that can be traced to his candid examination of the puzzles he confronts.

In his own words from his presidential address in Madrid 2004 published two years later the jury want to single out three of his characteristics:

First his identitarian astonishment: What on earth am I doing? What are we trying to accomplish as economic theorists? We get to call ourselves economists and the public naively thinks that we are improving the economy’s performance….Of course, we can justify this image by repeating some of the same fancy sounding slogans we use in our grant proposals, but do we ourselves believe in those slogans?

Second his aloofness over his own profession: Frankly, I respect philosophers, teachers, writers, and nurses more than I do economists.

I do not care about stock markets prices and I’m not sure what “equities” are. I am reluctant to give policy advice to the
government, and I am not happy with the idea that I maybe acting in the interest of fanatic profit maximizers.

Third his concerns as a citizen: However, economic theory has real effects. I cannot ignore the fact that our work as teachers and researchers influences students’ minds and does so in a way with which I am not comfortable. Can we find a way to be relevant without being charlatans?

These remarks give the prize a heavy new weight since after reading them carefully one understands that critical views on theory and diversity of writing cannot be separated. The revision of foundations is the cause and the deep probe of many diverse topics and branches of research is a direct consequence of this revision.

I now would like to add something personal. Ariel has been in the FUE summer school in San Sebastian several times talking about bounded rationality and politics and welfare besides searching for cafes to sit in and think and taking snapashots of burning buses. Next year we hope he will organize a session of this ASSET meeting in Bilbao, also in the basque country. I do not know whether he will find cafes inspiring there but I really think he will not be able to spot a single burning bus.

 

With very few exceptions, if any, ways of measurement are to some extent arbitrary and it is part of the scientific process to agree on which ways to use and how to use them when measuring. Measurement in Economics and in particular, measurement of individual and organizational basic aspects of society is therefore a topic that lies crucially between philosophy and economics, an area in which the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation has annually organized a Summer School.

Our proposal aims to discuss theoretical works regarding how to measure important concepts for the economic analysis (Inequality/Poverty/Welfare, Segregation/Discrimination/Homophily, Rationality/Consistency, Riskiness/Uncertainty/Information, Diversity/Conflict/Bizarreness or Intellectual Influence/Network Centrality among others). The course is structured around such central topics on which general talks and specific contributions will be discussed.

PhD students from all over the world will be admitted and may contribute through poster presentations.

Aims and scope

The 15th edition of the Urrutia Elejalde Summer School focuses on the broad theme of Measurement in Economics. In particular, the school aims to discuss topics such as Inequality, Poverty, Welfare, Segregation, Rationality, Diversity, or Intellectual Influence

Final Program [PDF] – Participants [PDF]

Program

July 18
10:00h. Opening Remarks
10:30h. Measuring social welfare, beyond GDP by Marc Fleurbaey Princeton University) [PDF]
11:30h. Coffee Break
12:00h Measuring Individual Well-being by Conchita D’Ambrosio (Universitá de Milano-Bicocca) [PDF]
13:00h Lunch
14:30h. Measurement of Human Development by Carmen Herrero (Universidad
de Alicante, IVIE and IAE) [PDF]
15:30h. Measurement of Population Health by Juan D. Moreno-Ternero
(Universidad Pablo de Olavide and CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) [PDF]

16:30h. Coffee Break
17:00h-18:30. Short presentations I

  • «Inefficiency», by Alan D. Miller (University of Haifa) [PDF]
  • «Riskiness Measure for Sets of Gambles» by Moti Michaeli (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) [PDF]
  • «An Axiomatic Approach to the Measurement of Ethnic Politics» by Margherita Negri (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) [PDF]
  • «My Group Beats Your Group: Evaluating Non-Income Inequalities» by Tugce Cuhadaroglu (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) [PDF]

July 19
9:30h. A characterization of the Atkinson index of Segregation by Oscar Volij (Ben Gurion University) [PDF]
10:30h. Random-Walk Segregation Measures by Marc Vorsatz (UNED)
11:30h. Coffee Break
12:00h. Measurement of Group Fitness by John Weymark (Vanderbilt University) [PDF]
13:00h. Lunch
14:30h. General Revealed Preference Theory by Federico Echenique (California Institute of Technology) [PDF]
15:30h. Measurement of Rationality and Welfare by Miguel A. Ballester (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and MOVE) [PDF]

16:30h. Coffee Break
17:00h-18:30. Short presentations II

  • «Complementarities in the Marginal Rates of Substitution in the Human Development Index» by Riste Gjorgjiev (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)[PDF]
  • «Poverty, Identity, and Non-Take-Up» by Claudia Hupkau (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) [PDF]
  • «Fair allocation of resources among other-regarding agents» by Benoit Decerf (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) [PDF]
  • «On Manipulation from an Unacceptable Social Choice to an Acceptable One» by Bora Berdamar
  • «Social Capital and Economic Development: Evidence from Russia» by Maxim Ananyev (New Econimic School, Moscow) [PDF]

July 20
10:30h. Measurement of Diversity by Shlomo Webber (Southern Methodist University) [PDF]
11:30h. Coffee Break
12:00h. Measurement of Decisiveness by Walter Bossert (Université de Montreal)
13:00h. Lunch
14:30h. Measurement of Differences in Citation Practices by Javier Ruiz Castillo [PDF]
(Universidad Carlos III, Madrid)
15:30h. Measurement of Intellectual Influence by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta (London School of Economics and Ikerbasque Foundation) [PDF]
21:00h. Farewell dinner for all participants

Venue and information

 

This prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. The first recipient of the prize was Alan Kirman in 2010. The second was Fernando Vega in 2011.

Nominations can be made on behalf of any researcher who now or in the past has worked in some of the institutions affiliated with ASSET. Nominations should include the list of publications of the candidate, with a clear indication of the date and journal when and where they appeared indicating, in the case of Economics, the JEL field or fields each publication belongs to. They may (but need not) include a nomination statement referring to the variety and the quality of the candidate’s work in Economics and other fields. Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish. Last year nominees will be taken into account unless they express their will not to be considered.
Submissions have to reach the Foundation (FUE, Fortuny 37, sotabanco dcha. 28010, Madrid, Spain or be sent through our contact form before June 15, 2012.

The method to classify candidates according to the diversity will take into account both the h index and the number of areas in which the candidate has published as indicated by the web of science. In both cases proper weights will be assigned to the number of papers of quality as reflected by the h index and to the number of areas in which the researcher has made significant contributions.
The FUE will appoint an ad-hoc Committee of four members chaired by the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and three other members. Aurelia Modrego, from Universidad Carlos III, will act as Secretary of the Committee. This Committee will choose a unique prize winner among those candidates pre-selected by the President and the Secretary. The decision, not subject to appeal, will be announced by the end of september 2012.

The prize will consist of a sculpture and a substantial direct financial aid for the organization, in connection with the 2013 ASSET meeting, of a special workshop conducted by the winner of the 2012 prize, on subjects reflecting the variety and scope of his or her research interests. The winner, by accepting the prize, will also commit to help organize the meeting. He will be presented the prize during the 2012 ASSET meetings, where the general subject of the special workshop will be announced.

 

Fernando Vega RedondoThe jury of the Urrutia Elejalde Diversity Prize, composed of Juan Urrutia (Chair), Claude d’Asprémont, Alan Kirman and Salvador Barberà, has unanimously agreed to propose Fernando Vega Redondo as the winner of the prize’s second edition, for the year 2011.

Fernando has worked in a diversity of fields, notably in public economics, evolutionary game theory, learning, experimental economics and the theory of networks. He has used a variety of tools some of them adopted from other sciences to treat these diverse topics. He has cooperated with scientists from other scientific fields in particular biologists and physicists and has also, himself, made contributions to those fields. Indeed he has published not only in the leading economics journals, but also in salient journals such as Physical Review, the Journal of Theoretical Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and Science.

This prize is in recognition of the quality of his work and also of his capacity to go beyond the limits of the economics profession, and to connect with a diversity of scientific fields.

 

Aims and scope

Since 1998 the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation has annually organized a Summer School on frontier topics between philosophy and economics and other social sciences, bringing together scholars from all these fields to explore them. The aim of this year Summer School is to explore the potential avenues for collaboration between the growing disciplines of experimental economics and experimental philosophy. Experimental economics has evolved into a thriving subfield, as attested by the number of experimental papers published in leading general economics journals. This growing enthusiasm for experiments in economics has coincided with the revival of philosophical and methodological analyses of causality, which view the controlled experiment as the privileged gate to causal inference. But more importantly, in the last years, a new field known as experimental philosophy has set out to complement or even substitute for pre-theoretical intuitions regarding philosophical themes such as moral dilemmas or rationality. At a moment in which experimental economics is already well-established and experimental philosophy is emerging, this meeting compares their main themes and results.

Preliminary schedule [PDF]

Plenary lectures

  • Nicholas BARDSLEY (University of Reading), Experimental economics, models and the world
  • Cristina BICCHIERI (UPenn), Experimental philosophy meets experimental economics
  • Giorgio CORICELLI (CNRS, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon), Emotion, cognition and the brain: the neural correlates of counterfactual emotions
  • Jason DANA (UPenn), Nosy preferences
  • Francesco GUALA (Univ. di Milano), Experimental versus conceptual analysis in economics and philosophy
  • Nagore IRIBERRI (U. Pompeu Fabra) Elicited beliefs and social information in modified dictator games: what do dictators believe other dictators do?
  • Joshua KNOBE (Yale University), Intention, cause, blame
  • Shaun Nichols (U. Arizona), Brute retributivism
  • Daniel ZIZZO (University of East Anglia), Objectives and confounds in economic experiments

Contributed papers

  • Andrighetto, Giulia (European University Institute), The Normative Power of Punishment
  • Brañas-Garza, Pablo (Universidad de Granada), Solidarity and information
  • Fernandez-Dols, Jose. (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), Self-Interest and Normative Conflict: A New Look at Moral Hypocrisy
  • Cettolin, Elena (Maastricht University), Fairness and Uncertainty
  • Civai, Claudia (International School for Advanced Studies – Trieste), Self involvement and fairness concerns in the Ultimatum Game
  • Gallotti, Mattia (University of Exeter), Collective Intentionality in the Lab
  • Grieco, Daniela (Bocconi University), Ethnic heterogeneity, cooperation, and anti-social punishment
  • Gold, Natalie (University of Edinburgh), Judgments in Trolley Problems
  • Kurschilgen, Michael (Max Planck Institute), The Jurisdiction Of The Man Within: Intrinsic Norms in a Public Goods Experiment
  • Lopez, Raul (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), Why do People Tell the Truth? Experimental Evidence for Pure Lie-Aversion
  • Miller, Luis (Oxford University), Inequality, distributive justice and the individual
  • Nagatsu, Michiru (University of Tartu), Experimental Philosophy of Economics
  • Olivola, Christopher (University College London), The Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Dilemma: Medical Martyrdom Appeals To Moral Intuitions More Than Normative Cost- Benefit Analyses
  • Vallois, N. (Université Paris 1- Pantheon Sorbonne), Neuroeconomics Beyond Reductionism: Vernon Smith and the Social Brain topos
  • Zhou, Yan. (Kyoto Sangyo University), The Knobe Effect in Experimental Economics

Registration

Due to constraints of space, we will accept a limited number of attendants. Depending on the number, the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation may cover some costs. Applicants should register directly with the University of the Basque Country, visiting their website. Deadline: May 31st

Further information

Academic inquiries (not about registration) should be addressed to philandecon@gmail.com

 

This prize is directed to the enhancement of diversity in quality research by economists working on a variety of fields. The first recipient of the prize was Alan Kirman in 2010. Nominations can be made on behalf of any researcher who now or in the past has worked in some of the institutions affiliated with ASSET. Nominations should include the list of publications of the candidate, with a clear indication of the date and journal when and where they appeared indicating, in the case of Economics, the JEL field or fields each publication belongs to. They may (but need not) include a nomination statement referring to the variety and the quality of the candidate’s work in Economics and other fields. Nominations can be made by any researcher or group of researchers working in an institution belonging to ASSET, and by the candidates themselves, if they wish. Last year nominees will be taken into account unless they express their will not to be considered and provided they update their C.V. to include the abovementioned JEL fields.

Submissions have to reach the Foundation (FUE, Fortuny 37, sotabanco dcha. 28010, Madrid, Spain or juelejalde [at] gmail.com) before June 15, 2011.

The method to classify candidates according to the diversity will take into account both the h index and the number of areas in which the candidate has published as indicated by the web of science. In both cases proper weights will be assigned to the number of papers of quality as reflected by the h index and to the number of areas in which the researcher has made significant contributions.

The FUE will appoint an ad-hoc Committee of four members chaired by the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and three other members. Aurelia Modrego, from Universidad Carlos III, will act as Secretary of the Committee. This Committee will choose a unique prize winner among those candidates pre-selected by the President and the Secretary. The decision, not subject to appeal, will be announced by the end of september 2011.

The prize will consist of a sculpture and a substantial direct financial aid for the organization, in connection with the 2012 ASSET meeting, of a special workshop conducted by the winner of the 2011 prize, on subjects reflecting the variety and scope of his of her research interests. The winner, by accepting the prize, will also commit to help organize the meeting. He will be presented the prize during the 2011 ASSET meetings, where the general subject of the special workshop will be announced.

 
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