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Call for Papers


The 16th Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) will be held at the St. Petersburg State University (Russia), May 17-19 2012. 


Institutions and Values in Economic Thought


The standard view of economists that economics is a value-free science independent from political and social institutions has changed significantly. Even positive economics is value-laden in choosing its subject-matter, methods, concepts and scientific criteria. “Institutions matter” in economics, and there are many ways of studying institutions in different schools of economic thought. Though mainstream economics has neglected institutions, there remain important questions for historians of economics: What is the place of institutions in the different economic schools (Mercantilism, Classical political economy, the Cambridge school, Marxism, Austrian, Post-Keynesian and Evolutionary economics, and others)? Why were institutions neglected for so long in modern economic theory? What are the accomplishments of institutional thinking in economics? Can bridges be built between Old and New Institutional economics? What are the cultural and national traditions of economic thought regarding institutions?
Topics for discussion could include: 


Keynote Speakers:


Geoffrey Hodgson
Research Professor in Business Studies at the University of Hertfordshire, 
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Institutional Economics
Viktor Polterovich
Professor at the Moscow School of Economics


Proposals for papers or sessions on all other aspects of the history of economic thought are also welcomed. An abstract of about 300 words for a paper and about 500 words for a session should be submitted at the latest by January 10, 2012 by following the instructions on the conference website:  

A selection of papers of the conference will be published in the The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought.


January 10, 2012

Deadline for abstract submissions

January 30, 2012

Notification of accepted/rejected abstracts

March 7, 2012

Last Date for Early Registration

April 2, 2012

Deadline for visa application at local Consulates/Embassies of Russia

April 16, 2012

Deadline for sending full papers

April 23, 2012

Deadline for registration for the Conference

May 18, 2012

Conference Dinner & Boat Trip

May 17-19, 2012

ESHET 2011 Conference


Organizers: Leontief Centre,  Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, Saint Petersburg State University