APRIL 28> intro: L. Bruni | G. Todeschini – Ricchezza Francescana: the roots of Franciscan economic thought
After his studies at the University of Bologna, prof. Giacomo Todeschini was appointed as Professor of Medieval history at the University of Trieste in 1979. His studies focus on the development of medieval economic theory and languages, Christian doctrine of infamy and exclusion from citizenship and market games, and the political role of Jews inside of the Christian medieval-modern world.
MAY 5> intro: L. Becchetti | P. Dasgupta – (title to be confirmed)
MAY 12> intro: A. Roncella | A. Edmans – Finance as a Common Good. Reconciling purpose and profit
Professor of Finance at London Business School and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance.
Prof. Alex Edmans graduated from Oxford University and then worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking (London) and fixed income sales and trading (New York). Edmans’ research interests are in corporate finance (corporate governance, executive compensation, investment/growth/innovation, and M&A), behavioural finance, and responsible business.
Abstract: Purpose is one of the corporate buzzwords of 2021, with the politicians, the public, and even investors themselves calling on businesses to serve wider society. But it seems unrealistic to think about purpose in a pandemic when companies are strapped for cash, and companies also have a responsibility to their shareholders. Is there a trade-off between purpose and profit, or is it possible for companies to achieve both? This talk will critically examine the case for purposeful business, using rigorous evidence and real-life examples to show what works – and, importantly, what doesn’t. It will discuss practical ways for businesses of all sizes to put purpose into practice, and how investors and citizens can play their part. Professor Alex Edmans will draw on his new book, “Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit”, which was named to the Financial Times Business Books of the Year for 2020.
MAY 26> intro: V. Rotondi | R. Kashyap – Big Data for good
Associate professor of social demography University of Oxford and professorial fellow at Nuffield College.
Her research spans topics in demography and sociology related to population dynamics and human development, with a significant focus on different manifestations of gender inequality. Her work advances the use and applications of digital and computational innovations in demographic research, and examines the implications of digital technologies on demographic and development outcomes.
JUNE 9> intro: G. Nigri | J. Nedelsky (title to be confirmed)
Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto and Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Social Justice.
Her teaching and scholarship have been concentrated on Feminist Theory, Legal Theory, American Constitutional History and Interpretation, and Comparative Constitutionalism
JULY 7> intro: V. Pelligra | R. Sugden – What is the market? A Community of Advantage
Abstract: The publication of The Community of Advantage (2018) was an important event for scholars working in the research avenues opened by Robert Sugden in the last 40 years. At the core of Sugden’s theoretical system are the nature and function of the market and the economy, which are reflected by J. S. Mill’s expression chosen as the title of this book. From this perspective, the market is a dense network of mutually beneficial relationships that are richer the more people differ from one another.
Sugden aims to show that the cornerstone of the market economy is not self-interest, as Adam Smith and almost all modern economists believed, nor the pursuit of the common good, but rather the mutual benefit between the individuals involved in the exchange.
In today’s rhetoric that increasingly relies on sports or militaristic language to present the market as a race or a fight, Sugden reminds us of the ancient idea that the market is the greatest form of cooperation that human beings are capable of and have achieved across the globe.
JULY 21> intro: A. Grevin | E. Chiapello (title to be confirmed)
Research Professor at EHESS
Following on from the Sociologie des Outils de Gestion research manual (Chiapello, Gilbert, 2013) which presents various possible approaches to the development of a sociology which takes account of management tools and policy instruments, she aims to analyse transformations of capitalism by decoding the management tools used by companies and the political instruments employed by legal entities under public law to regulate and organise this capitalism. More specifically, over the last two years she has been examining the phenomenon of the financialisation of our economy and the tools used for said financialisation. In particular, she is trying to document the penetration of all business sectors by “financialised” tools, i.e. by instruments which rely both conceptually and technically on the technical and scientific corpus of modern finance. She is also looking to understand the extent to which financialised formats are mobilised to incorporate certain critiques of capitalism into its operation. For example, it would appear that the ecology issue is leading to the invention of various financialised devices.
Some topic oh her research: Critiques of capitalism and the history of management; Sociology of management tools and political instruments; Accounting categories and economic categories.
JULY 28> intro: A. Smerilli | C. Bicchieri (title to be confirmed)
SJP Harvie Professor, University of Pennsylvania. Director, Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics. Director, PPE and MBDS. Honorary Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge.
Her intellectual affinities lie at the border between philosophy, game theory and psychology. Primary research focus is on judgment and decision making with special interest in decisions about fairness, trust, and cooperation, and how expectations affect behavior. A second research focus examines the nature and evolution of social norms, how to measure norms and what strategies to adopt to foster social change. This research is more applied, and forms the core of the newly created Penn Social Norms Group (PennSONG). A third, earlier research focus has been the epistemic foundations of game theory and how changes in information affects rational choices and solutions.
AUGUST 25> intro: L. Crivelli | F. Dodoo – Public Health
British Academy Global Professor at the Leverhulme Center for Demographic Science and Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
Research spans gender, power and sexual decision-making, demographic and health outcomes associated with urban poverty, inequality issues among Africans in the diaspora, and building research capacity in Africa. Joining LCDS in January 2021
SEPTEMBER 1> intro: T. Reggiani | R. H. Frank (title to be confirmed)
He is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos.
For more than a decade, his “Economic View” column appeared monthly in The New York Times. He received his BS in mathematics from Georgia Tech, and then taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal. He holds an MA in statistics and a PhD in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals.
Faculty Area: Strategy and Business Economics
Interdisciplinary Theme: Behavioral Economics and Decision Research – Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology