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Tentative Schedule Below. Subject to Change.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

5:00–6:00 p.m. – Opening Reception


Friday, January 24, 2020

8:30–9:00 a.m. – Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:00 a.m. – Session 1: Erik W. Matson, New York University
10:15–11:15 a.m. – Session 2: George F. DeMartino, University of Denver
11:30–12:30 p.m. – Session 3: Melissa Vergara Fernandez, Duke University
12:30–2:00 p.m. – Lunch
2:00–3:00 p.m. – Session 4: Ecem Okan, Arizona State University
3:15–4:15 p.m. – Session 5: Up Sira Nukulkit, Purchase College
4:30–5:30 p.m. – Session 6: Andrew Farrant, Dickinson College


Saturday, January 25, 2020

8:30–9:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:00 a.m. – Session 1: Gary Mongiovi, St. John's University
10:15–11:15 a.m. – Session 2: Maria Camila Orozco Espinel, Duke University
11:30–12:30 p.m. – Session 3: Jeff E. Biddle, Michigan State University
12:30–2:00 p.m. – Lunch
2:00–3:00 p.m. – Session 4: Alexander Linsbichler, University of Vienna
3:15–4:15 p.m. – Session 5: Adrian K. Yee, University of Toronto
4:30–5:30 p.m. – Session 6: Vlad Tarko, The University of Arizona

7 p.m. – Closing Dinner (Invite Only)


Winter Institute attendees will be staying at the Graduate Tempe – where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay.

The CSEL group rate is $172/night (plus tax and fees). Email if you'd like to book your stay using the group rate.

Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the room block is full. Room block closes on Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Guests in the room block will receive:

Travel & Transportation

Nearby Airports

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Ground Transportation


Lyft is ASU's preferred ride-share option.

  • Lyft: $12-15
  • Lux: $25-30
  • Lux Black: $35-42
Shuttle Service

Graduate Tempe provides complimentary shuttle service to pick you up and drop you off from the Phoenix airport*.

Any guest who needs transportation assistance with disabilities will be able to schedule their transportation with the front desk.

*Based on availability. Please call the front desk upon arrival at (480) 967-9431.

Light Rail

The PHX Sky Train is a free service connecting travelers from the 44th St/Washington light rail station to all terminals and East Economy parking at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Access to the PHX Sky Train can be found on Level 3, where the gates and security checkpoints are located. Valley Metro Rail fare can be purchased at stations, the Sky Train terminal and participating retail locations. A 1-Ride fare is $2 and must be validated before boarding.

Valley Metro Rail operates from early morning to late at night:

  • Monday – Thursday: 4 a.m.–midnight
  • Friday: 4 a.m.–2 a.m.
  • Saturday: 5 a.m.–2 a.m. 
  • Sunday: 5 a.m.–11 p.m.

For time at specific stops, please see the maps and schedules for Valley Metro Rail.

ASU and the Graduate Tempe hotel are accessible via the Veterans Way/College Ave station or the University Dr/Rural station.


Who can attend the Winter Institute?

The conference is geared towards graduate students and faculty both local and international. Undergraduates and ASU staff are more than welcome to attend as well. The goal of the Winter Institute is to provide a forum for scholars to receive feedback on their work in progress papers. Registration is required.

Will the papers being presented at the sessions be distributed?

Yes, papers by the presenters will be distributed the week of January 12, 2020 so attendees have an opportunity to read and get familiar with the topic prior to the sessions. This way our presenters get adequate feedback on their work in progress.

Why a Winter Institute and not a Summer Institute?

The hot summer temperatures that descend on Phoenix, Arizona usually peak in early July with an average high 106° F (41° C) and an average low of 83° F (28° C). Along with the extreme heat, summers see a rise in humidity and frequency of thunderstorms. We're pretty sure you wouldn't want to be in Phoenix in the summer.

What's the weather like in Phoenix in January?

January's weather in Phoenix, Arizona is mostly sunny with comfortable daytime temperatures and little rain.

January's average high is 69° F (20° C) and the average low is 46° F (8° C).

Are meals provided?

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees on Friday and Saturday. In addition, there are 15 minute breaks between each session where coffee and snacks will be available.

Where's a good place to eat?

Tempe restaurants offer an eclectic array of dining and drink options. In this college town, long influenced and inspired by local, regional, national and international tastes, Tempe visitors enjoy fast casual and fine dining of all types and styles. Dishes you wouldn’t expect in Arizona are right here in Tempe.

Visit Tempe Tourism Food + Drink or Downtown Tempe Dining for more information

Where can I do some shopping?

Discover some of the best shopping in the Phoenix Metro area in Tempe. There is a wide array of shopping destinations in and around Tempe, from unique specialty shops to nationally known favorites, and everything in between. Plan your shopping excursion to Downtown Tempe, Tempe Marketplace, Arizona Mills and Phoenix Premium Outlets.

Visit Tempe Tourism Shopping or Downtown Tempe Shopping for more information.

Is there anything to do in Phoenix?

Looking for fun things to do in Tempe and the Phoenix area? We’ve got you covered. Don’t miss family-friendly attractions like the zoo, aquariums, arcades and scenic hiking trails. Dine and shop at Tempe Marketplace and Arizona Mills. Explore Tempe Town Lake from a paddleboard or kayak. Get inspired at one of the many museums and galleries throughout the city and on the ASU Tempe Campus. And that’s just the beginning.

Visit Tempe Tourism Things To Do In Tempe or Downtown Tempe Culture and Entertainment for more information.

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Yes, please email

I have more questions!

For any additional questions, email

Call for Papers

Call for papers deadline has passed.

Non-Presenter application deadline has passed.

We encourage all those interested in attending to register for the 2020 Winter Institute. Keep a look out for the new call for papers for the 2021 Winter Institute

The 1st Winter Institute for the History of Economic Thought will be held at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, January 23-25, 2020.

The Winter Institute has been conceived as an annual small conference following the tradition laid down by Sandra Peart and David Levy in their Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought. The Summer Institute was held fifteen times, most recently in 2015, and offered a forum where both early-career and distinguished scholars could meet, network, and present work in progress to an audience of engaged peers. Past speakers at the Summer Institute included Brad Bateman, Peter Boettke, Mauro Boianovsky, Marcel Boumans, James Buchanan, David Colander, Evelyn Forget, Dan Hammond, Samuel Hollander, Kevin Hoover, Deirdre McCloskey, Steve Medema, Phil Mirowski, Mary Morgan, Maria Pia Paganelli, Malcolm Rutherford, Warren Samuels, Gordon Tullock, Anthony Waterman, and Roy Weintraub.

Like Levy and Peart before us, our primary goal is to provide a workshop setting, no less academically rigorous for its conviviality, in which early-career scholars and more eminent members of the field can engage with each other’s work. Of course, we have had to make a significant change to the Peart-Levy model: given that no one, even those of us who live here, wants to visit the Phoenix metropolitan area during the summer months (average daily high temperature: 105 F / ~41 C), we have moved the Institute to the winter, when Phoenix is a delightful place to be. This change bears the added benefits that most South American universities are on summer break and the rest of North America is usually frozen at this time of year.

The most important part of the Peart-Levy Institute model that we are determined to maintain is their commitment to encouraging younger scholars in the field. Of the 12 presentation spots that we have available, 6 will be reserved for scholars within 2 years of completion of their PhD. We are also able to support a few scholars who would just like to attend the Institute without presenting their work. Of course, anyone local to Arizona or who would otherwise like to attend, albeit without financial support, is welcome. 

Participants should arrange to arrive in Phoenix on or before Thursday, January 23, 2020. An opening reception will be held that evening. Six sessions per day will be held on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25, with a closing dinner following the final Saturday session. 

Those selected to present at the Institute will receive a $750 honorarium, while non-presenters invited to attend will receive a $500 honorarium. In addition, everyone will receive between-session coffee breaks, Institute-related meals, hotel accommodation, and a free t-shirt for participation in the Winter Institute.

We invite proposals in any area, on any topic, from any perspective, relevant to the history of economic thought. If you would like to present at the Institute, please provide an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV of no more than 2 pages. If you would like to attend without presenting a paper, please provide only a brief CV. Please submit your materials to The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2019. Notifications will be sent by September 1, 2019. 

The organizers of the ASU Winter Institute for the History of Economic Thought:

Tyler DesRoches
Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Human Well-Being, School of Sustainability
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Arizona State University

Ross Emmett
Director, Center for the Study of Economic Liberty
Professor of Political Economy, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Arizona State University

Scott Scheall
Assistant Professor of Social Science, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Arizona State University

On behalf of the Winter Institute Scientific Committee:

John B. Davis
Professor Emeritus of Economics, Marquette University and University of Amsterdam

Marianne Johnson
Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Maria Pia Paganelli
Professor of Economics, Trinity University

Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak
Associate Professor of Economics, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

The ASU Winter Institute for the History of Economic Thought is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty and the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at ASU, as well as the History of Economics Society.