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16-17 March


Bank of England, Moorgate Auditorium

Festschrift for Alan Kirman

We hosted a Festschrift to celebrate the career and research of Professor Alan Kirman on 16-17 March 2023 in London. Keynote speakers included Sam Bowles, Jim Heckman, Lucrezia Reichlin and Joe Stiglitz.

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Festschrift for Alan Kirman
Festschrift for Alan Kirman

Date & Location

16-17 March

Bank of England, Moorgate Auditorium, 20 Moorgate, London EC2R 6DA, UK

About the Event

Summary of the Festschrift here.

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Full programme and notes here.

Alan Kirman has made important contributions to the fields of economics and policy. His original interests focused mainly on theoretical economics, in particular general equilibrium theory and game theory. However, as problems with the foundations of modern theoretical economics became clearer, his interests have turned to looking at the empirical evidence as to how the economy in general and some markets in particular function. He has become increasingly involved in modelling the economy and markets as complex adaptive systems in which aggregate behaviour emerges from the interaction between rather simple economic agents with limited knowledge and has argued that economic actors are perhaps closer to ants than to homo economicus.

This two-day event celebrates the contributions of Alan covering themes such as heterogeneity and aggregation; interaction and emergence, co-operative and non-co-operative behaviour; market and network structures; equilibrium and non-equilibrium solutions; and application of economic theory and policy. It concludes by discussing what insights from his career mean for the future of economics. Papers submitted and presented at the conference will be published as a volume of research in honour of Alan’s contributions to economics.

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