THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 7 p.m. • POWER CENTER BALLROOM
John Gowdy, Ph.D.
Rittenhouse Teaching Professor of Humanities and Social Science
Department of Economics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
This lecture will be about the history of the cross-fertilization of ideas in economics and biology, the abandonment of biology and psychology by economists that came with the “marginalist revolution,” and the return of evolutionary thinking in contemporary economics. The lecture will emphasize the behavioral revolution in economic theory and policy using examples from climate change economics and the valuation of biological diversity. Some preliminary thoughts about how an evolutionary perspective might help unify the behavioral critique of neoclassical theory will be offered.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
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