Welcome to the WEA conference
Economic Philosophy: Complexities in Economics


Leaders: John B. Davis and Wade Hands

Call for papers

There is considerable interest in recent economics in the idea of complexity. There are also many different ideas about what complexity involves, making the subject of complexity itself a complex matter! Thus the plural form – complexities in economics – is purposefully suggested in order to accommodate the following issues in this inaugural conference in Economic Philosophy:

  • the diversity of accounts and conceptions of complexity itself
  • how the nature and content of economics is complex
  • the complex history of economics
  • different approaches to introducing complexity into economics
  • the complex relation between the sociology of economics and its content
  • the complexity of economic philosophy as an interdisciplinary subject
  • the complex interplay between normative and descriptive pluralism

To produce an integrated conference fostering communication between the many ways that people think about complexity, papers contributed to the conference should begin with a brief opening section stating their

  • Methodological and/or philosophical assumptions;
  • Point of entry in relation to the Theoretical Background Statement accompanying this call.

This will provide the basis for the organization of the conference sessions, and help to frame the papers’ treatment of complexity for the conference participants.
A partial, non-exclusive list of topics includes:

  • computational complexity
  • cognition and bounded rationality
  • nonlinearities and disequilibria
  • ontological and epistemological pluralism
  • agent-based modeling and complex adaptive behavior
  • emergence, novelty, and evolution
  • heterogeneous agents and expectations
  • reflexivity and feedback loops
  • emergence
  • out of equilibrium and chaotic dynamics
  • big data
  • multiple identities
  • abduction and simulation
  • complexity across different levels
  • bubbles and related phenomena
  • climate change economics and complexity


Please send papers with abstracts and keywords to John Davis (john.davis@mu.edu) and Wade Hands (hands@ups.edu) by August 15th, 2017.
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Key dates

Deadline for paper submissions: 15th August, 2017
The notification of acceptance will be sent by September 15th, 2017.

Discussion Forum: 2nd October to 30th November, 2017

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