STOREP 2019 Invited speaker ALAN KIRMAN is Directeur d’Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Professor Emeritus at Aix Marseille University. He has an M.A. from Oxford and his Ph.D is from Princeton. He has been professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Warwick University, the European University Institute in Florence. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the European Economic Association.
He was awarded the Humboldt Prize in Germany, has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and was elected as a foreign member of the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome. He was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa at the University Jaume 1 in Castellon Spain in 2018. He is Senior Adviser to the OECD’s New Approaches to Economic Challenges programme.
He has published 160 articles in international journals and is also on the editorial board of several international journals. He is the author and editor of 15 books among which are Complex Economics: Individual and Collective Rationality published by Routledge in 2010 and Complexity and Evolution: Towards a New Synthesis for Economics edited with David Sloan-Wilson and published by MIT press in 2016.
His original interests focused mainly on theoretical economics and in particular general equilibrium theory and game theory. However, as the problems with the foundations of modern theoretical economics have become 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. Economic actors are perhaps closer to ants than to homo oeconomicus.
His keynote lecture at the 16th Annual STOREP Conference is titled:
“Following Walras down a road which Pareto did not share”