The Philosophy, Politics and Economics Research Seminar encourages and explores the latest research by scholars. Our PPE Research Seminar is a vehicle for scholars and graduate students to discuss and receive feedback on research.

The PPE Research Seminar is typically held on Fridays from 2–3:30 p.m. in Computing Commons (CPCOM) 480 on ASU's Tempe campus.*

*Due to COVID-19, we have decided to transition the PPE Research Seminar series to a virtual Zoom format for the 2020–2021 academic year. There will be no in-person seminars.

If you are interested in presenting your research during the 2020–2021 academic year, please email with a brief abstract for review.

Fall 2020

Date Presenter Topic
Friday, September 11 Ross Emmett, ASU School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership Orthodox Economics and the Human Sciences
Friday, September 18 Andrew Smith, University of Liverpool Informal Institutions as Moderators of the Effectiveness of Formal Institutions in Discouraging Rent-Seeking Entrepreneurship: How Changes in Norms and Values Interacted with U.S. Constitutional Limits
Friday, September 25 Luc Bovens, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill How Demographically Sorted is the US Voting-Age Population?
Friday, October 2 Henry Thomson, ASU School of Politics and Global Studies Controlling the Secret Police and Maintaining Social Order in Socialist Central and Eastern Europe
Friday, October 9 Robert Sugden, University of East Anglia The Community of Advantage
Friday, October 16 None
Friday, October 23 James Strickland, ASU School of Politics and Global Studies Higher-Law Lobbying at Constitutional Conventions
Friday, October 30 Saura Masconale, University of Arizona Corporations and Moral Sentiments
Friday, November 6 Voluntary Governance Conference
Friday, November 13 Erwin Dekker, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Pavel Kuchar, University of Bristol
The Epistemological Break in Economics: What Does the Public Know about the Economy and What do Economists Know about the Public?
Friday, November 20 Margaret Hanson, ASU School of Politics and Global Studies Under the Veil of Democracy: What Do People Mean When They Say They Support Democracy?

Spring 2021

Date Presenter Topic
Friday, January 22 Winter Institute for the History of Economic Thought
Friday, January 29 "Risk, Uncertainty and Profit" 100th Anniversary Symposium
Friday, February 5 Philip Arthur, ASU School of Sustainability Escaping Paternalism: A Response
Friday, February 12 Tyler DesRoches, ASU School of Sustainability When is Green Nudging Ethically Permissible?
Friday, February 19 School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership Spring Conference (Canceled)
Friday, February 26 Michiru Nagatsu, University of Helsinki Non-paternalistic justification of nudges: a preference-constructivist approach
Friday, March 5 Jennifer Jhun, Duke University Multi-Model Reasoning in Economics
Friday, March 12 Spring Break (Canceled)
Friday, March 19 Steven McMullen, Hope College Can Baby Bonds Address Historic Racial Injustice?
Friday, March 26 Glory Liu, Harvard University Adam Smith, History, and the Meaning of Das Adam Smith Problem in the Progressive Era
Friday, April 2 Stefanie Haeffele, George Mason University Crisis as a Source of Social Capital: Adaptation and Formation of Social Capital during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Friday, April 9 Brianne Wolf, Michigan State University No Man is an Island Entire of Itself: Adam Smith on Homoeconomicus, Autonomy, and Judgment
Friday, April 16 Spencer Banzhaf, Georgia State University Pricing the Priceless: A History of Environmental Economics
Friday, April 23 Peter Galbacs, Budapest Business School Lucas's way to his monetary theory of large-scale fluctuations

PPE via Zoom

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