IGP Events

Festschrift for Alan Kirman

Thursday 16 March, 2023 | 15:30 -18:00 |


Bank of England, Moorgate Auditorium - 20 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6DA

Rebuilding Macroeconomics

This event was organised by IGP's Rebuilding Macroeconomics.

Please register here.

View the final event programme and notes here.

N.B. We have had to change some timings / events due to the train strike on Thursday, 16th March.

Event Dates:

16 March 2023: 15:30 - 18:00 (Registration from 15:30 and event commences at 15:50)

17 March 2023: 09:00 - 18:00 (Registration from 08:30 and event commences at 09:00)

Rebuilding Macroeconomics is hosting a Festschrift to celebrate the career and research of Professor Alan Kirman (Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, (EHESS); Professor Emeritus at Aix Marseille University) on 16-17 March 2023 at the Bank of England in London.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Sam Bowles (Research Professor, Santa Fe Institute)
  • Jim Heckman (Winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, University of Chicago)
  • Lucrezia Reichlin (London Business School)
  • Joe Stiglitz (Winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Columbia University)

Alan Kirman has made important contributions to the fields of economics and policy. His original interests focused mainly on theoretical economics, in particular general equilibrium theory and game theory. However, as problems with the foundations of modern theoretical economics became clearer, his interests have turned to looking at the empirical evidence as to how the economy in general and some markets in particular function. He has become increasingly involved in modelling the economy and markets as complex adaptive systems in which aggregate behaviour emerges from the interaction between rather simple economic agents with limited knowledge and has argued that economic actors are perhaps closer to ants than to homo economicus.

This two-day event celebrates the contributions of Alan covering themes such as heterogeneity and aggregation; interaction and emergence, co-operative and non-co-operative behaviour; market and network structures; equilibrium and non-equilibrium solutions; and application of economic theory and policy. It concludes by discussing what insights from his career mean for the future of economics. Papers submitted and presented at the conference will be published as a volume of research in honour of Alan’s contributions to economics.

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