The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics

The blossoming research field “philosophy of economics” has a new resource: the “Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics”. It is co-edited by Conrad Heilmann (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Julian Reiss (Johannes Kepler University Linz). A new resource for philosophy of economics The Handbook captures the most important topics and recent trends in the field “philosophy … Read more

Talk on “The Philosophy of Science of Financial Economics” at Second Lake Como Summer School on Economic Behaviours: Models, Measurements, and Policies

In collaboration with Melissa Vergara Fernández (Philosophy, EIPE) and Marta Szymanowska (Finance, RSM). We argue that financial economics should be characterized particularly by its focus on the use of models and by its performative nature. We suggest that the model-based and performative character of financial economics is: (1) visible in the history of its emergence … Read more

Blogpost “No envy: a Nobel economist as a forerunner on fairness”

The rich legacy of EUR economist Jan Tinbergen needs updating. Besides a Nobel Prize in economics, having founded Dutch and international organisations, being active in policymaking and economic development, and having published influential works especially on econometrics, there is also this: Tinbergen has formulated the “no envy” fairness principle already in 1930, decades earlier than previously … Read more

Article “Liberal political equality does not imply proportional representation” in Social Choice and Welfare

In their article ‘Liberal political equality implies proportional representation’, which was published in Social Choice and Welfare 33(4):617–627 in 2009, Eliora van der Hout and Anthony J. McGann claim that any seat-allocation rule that satisfies certain ‘Liberal axioms’ produces results essentially equivalent to proportional representation. We show that their claim and its proof are wanting. Firstly, the … Read more

Talk at INEM 2021

We will present “Objective Fairness and its Two Dimensions” at the 15th Biennial Meeting of the International Network for Economic Method, held at Arizona State University, November 12-14, 2021.

Chapter in Routledge Handbook: “Fairness and Fair Division”

Our chapter “Fairness and Fair Division” is forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics Abstract. Fairness is important concept in Western philosophy and in economics alike. We review the so-called fair division theories in philosophy and economics that explore fairness as a distinct value concept. Philosophers build on John Broome’s influential account of … Read more