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Economics – what are its ambitions and where is it headed?

In the run up to this year’s KåKånomics festival, the University of Stavanger Business School is holding a seminar featuring six leading economists who will put the spotlight on the methodological direction of their field. They will also focus on the expansion of economics in relation to other social science disciplines

When: 1 November 2017 at 12:15

Where: KÅKÅnomics – Auditorium V-101, Arne Rettedals hus

Admission free

In the run up to this year’s KåKånomics festival, the University of Stavanger Business School is holding a seminar featuring six leading economists who will put the spotlight on the methodological direction of their field. They will also focus on the expansion of economics in relation to other social science disciplines.

The first part of the programme will feature three critical voices. Roman Linneberg Eliassen is a Ph.D. student and author of “Hysj, vi regner!” (Why economists are out of touch with reality). Ph.D. student Cahal Moran from the University of Manchester is author of the book The Econocracy. Both are highly critical of the current mechanical and one-track approach to the discipline of economics. Professor Kalle Moene at the University of Oslo welcomes this criticism, but his response is “Nice voice, wrong tune”.

The programme will then move on to focus on the content and application of economics as a discipline. Professor Katrine Vellesen Løken from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics will offer her perspective on the opportunities available to, and the limitations on, economics as a discipline. This will be followed by Senior Researcher Erling Holmøy from Statistics Norway, and Professor Espen Rasmus Moen from the Norwegian Business School, who will share their reflections on the factors that ought to characterise the discipline’s primary methodologies.

Klaus Mohn and Ola Kvaløy, who are both professors at the University of Stavanger Business School, are co-editors of the seminar content and members of the editorial board at KÅKÅnomics.

Where:  Auditorium V-101, Arne Rettedals hus, University of Stavanger.

The academic seminar at the University of Stavanger is organised and funded by the University of Stavanger Business School and KÅKÅ, and receives financial support from Tor Dagfinn Veen.