Fellows Academic Program

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The Center has organized a set of five intensive and high-level research seminars for its 2018-2019 group of fellows. These seminars are also opened to a small, select group of PhD students from across the campus whose research relates to the Center’s main theme:

Resarch Seminar

Lecturers

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The Building Blocks of the Market: Property and Contracts

Prof. Hanoch Dagan

 

This seminar covers some of the major theories of property and contracts, which are of course the most fundamental building blocks of the market. We will discuss both conceptual and normative accounts, focusing respectively on the structure of property and contracts as well as on their putative (welfarist or right-based) normative underpinnings. Throughout our deliberations we will try to bring these theoretical questions to life by grounding them in some of the most persistent and contentious problems facing contemporary society.

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Economy and Modernity

Prof. Michael Zakim

 

The seminar will explore the keywords of modern economic life – property, labor, value, exchange, profit, and market, to name a representative sampling – by reading various key texts of modern economic thought.  The aim is to develop a multi-disciplinary conversation that will seek to situate economy in its more general social, cultural, and political contexts.

 

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Markets and Their Limit

Dr. Assaf Sharon

With the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War, the contest between market economy and planned economy has been largely displaced by debates over the limits of markets. Should markets be allowed to produce vast inequalities of wealth or opportunities? Are markets efficient providers of public goods and social values? What spheres of human activity should be governed by the market and which should not, and in particular, what are the moral considerations that should determine the limits of markets? The course will focus on the latter set of questions. We will examine some of the main ideas and arguments in the contemporary debate over whether and to what extent moral considerations should constrain market activity.

 

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Prof. Ron Harris

The institutional turn in economics shifted attention from the functioning of markets to the legal, political and organizational infrastructure of markets. In this four-session module we will explore the intellectual and material motivations for the institutional turn. We will study a few basic analytical tools used by historically oriented institutional economics, touching upon transaction costs and property rights, information and networks, public choice and path dependence. We will eventually examine a few applications in concrete historical studies, ranging from macro issues such as the rise of the West to micro-organizational structures, from social to legal norms and enforcement, and from evolutionary developments to sticky inefficiencies. 

 

 

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The Market and the State

Prof. Talia Fisher

 

The seminar will be dedicated to the issue of the proper scope of the market, and to reflective thought regarding the expansion of the market realm, as manifested by two related phenomena – commodification and privatization. Commodification reflects the infiltration of market logic to what were otherwise external arenas, and the conversion of people, attributes, and relationships into commodities.  Privatization signals the transfer of services and industries from the state to the market, similarly leading to market expansion.  Our discussions on commodification will address the classic “taboo trades” – such as prostitution or the sale of human organs – as well as markets for votes and conscription. The deliberation on privatization will take place against the background of the commodification debate, and will be dedicated to private prisons and to the privatization of law. The methodological tools will range from economic analysis to political theory.  

 

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Law, Markets and Inequalitiy Dr. Tamar Kricheli-Katz

 

The class investigates the interrelations across law markets and society and focuses on the  empirical research of inequality. We will ask how law and markets generate, maintain and legitimize inequality and address the ways in which they can reduce it. We will explore different dimensions of inequality (class, identity (race, gender, nationality, sexuality), and community) and different levels of legal-market-society phenomena ((the micro (people), macro (institutions), and meso (interpersonal relationships)).

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