De 06/07/2015 hasta 08/07/2015

Macroeconomics, Microfoundations, and Evidence-Based Social Policy: A Summer School in Economics and Philosophy


University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU

Donostia-San Sebastián

Spain; 6-8 July 2015


The International Network for Economic Method (INEM) and Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS, Durham) will be holding an International Summer School in Economics and Philosophy for graduate students and researchers. The Summer School is part of the UPV/EHU XXXIV Summer Courses and XXVII European Courses and continues the series initiated by the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation (UEF). 


The Summer School is open to Masters/PhD students and other researchers at various stages of progress on their dissertation project or academic careers.

To register please send us, by June 15, 2015 at the latest, a short CV and motivation statement to Anna de Bruyckere (email: [@] We will accept applications as they come in, so to be guaranteed a place please apply as soon as possible. We are considering allotting time for student presentations. Whether or not this will fit the programme will depend upon interest and final schedules. If you would be interested to give a brief presentation of your own work, please indicate so in your application. Please note this will not affect the likelihood of obtaining a place.

Registration Fee and Bursaries:

The registration fee for the Summer School is 100. This will cover teaching material as well as lunches and coffee breaks during the event. There are bursaries to help with accommodation expenses in San Sebastián. If you are interested in applying for a bursary, please let us know in your registration letter.

We would like to draw your attention to national sponsorship institutions like the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in the case of Germany, who offer training course scholarships for students. Please contact your universitys international office for further information on scholarships available in your country.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the International Network for Economic Method (INEM) and the University of the Basque Country (UPV).



•   Kevin Hoover, Duke University

•   Sarah Heilmann, Social Research Unit, UK

•   Attilia Ruzzene, Erasmus University Rotterdam

•   David Teira, UNED, Madrid



•   Julian Reiss, Durham University, UK

   Conrad Heilmann, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

   Anna de Bruyckere, Durham University, UK (graduate student assistant)

   Melissa Vergara Fernández, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (graduate student assistant)

   Philippe Verreault-Julien, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (graduate student assistant)


In the last couple of decades the economics discipline has become more diverse in its fields of enquiry and especially its methods. Many economists have become more open towards neighbouring disciplines; some now regularly collaborate with psychologists to provide the behavioural foundations for choice theory and modellers look to alternative approaches from complexity theory and agent-based modelling. Likewise, after the recent financial and economic crises, many economists are striving to rebuild and strengthen the structures that were hit and others are taking the opportunity to open their horizons. All these new research avenues and, in particular, the crises have made the need for philosophical reflection within the discipline evident. Methodological, theoretical, and ethical problems are at the core of the discussion of the causes of the crises, the ways to go back to prosperous paths of growth and employment, and new approaches to doing economics. 

The aim of the Summer School in Economics and Philosophy is to present a variety of topics in economics in which philosophical reflection is important and useful. It will bring together graduate students with scholars from economics, philosophy and neighbouring disciplines in order to exchange ideas, build a community and strengthen the link between economics and philosophy. This years main focus is on reduction and microfoundations in macroeconomics and the use of evidence in the formation and testing of social policies.