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Allied Social Science Assocations (ASSA) Meetings

Association for Social Economics 
Allied Social Science Assocations (ASSA) Meetings
January 2-5, 2014, Philadelphia, PA

All ASE sessions will be held in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.


Opening Plenary Session and Reception

Thursday, January 2, 6:30-9:00 PM, Regency Ballroom A&B, Loews Philadelphia

 Martha Nussbaum

Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Law School and the Philosophy Department, University of Chicago

“Capabilities and Social Justice: Why Economics Needs Philosophy”


Friday, January 3, 8:00 AM

Social Entrepreneurship: Maximizing Impact and Innovation

Organizer and chair: Tonia Warnecke (Rollins College) 

“Social Enterprises as Networks of Innovators in the Social Economy,” Zohreh Emami (Alverno College)

“Social Enterprises and the Analysis of Space to Alleviate Financial Constraints,” Benjamin Wilson (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

“Workers' Cooperatives: New Strategies for Finance,” Daniel Fireside (Equal Exchange) and Christopher Gunn (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

“Social Entrepreneurship, Alternative Currencies, and Post-Transactional Civil Society: The Case of the Sunshine Bank,” Matthias Klaes (University of Dundee)

“Social Entrepreneurship for Students: The Rollins Microfinance Fund,” Tonia Warnecke (Rollins College)


Friday, January 3, 10:15 AM

Gender, Law, and Social Economics

Chair: Ellen Mutari (The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey) 

“The Legality of Involuntary Motherhood: A Social Economics Approach to Contraception and Power,” Janet Spitz (The College of Saint Rose)

“Married Women's Property Rights and Social Economics: A Historical Perspective,” Daniel MacDonald (California State University, San Bernardino)

“Gendered Poverty in Subsistence Households in Mozambique,” Diksha Arora (University of Utah)

“Female Genital Cutting, Social Norms, and Islamic Law,” Quentin Wodon (The World Bank)


Friday, January 3, 2:30 PM

Overcoming Causes of Income Inequality and Fostering Economic and Social Stability

(Co-sponsored by the Association for Evolutionary Economics and the American Economic Association)

Organizer: Lynne Chester (University of Sydney)

Chair: Nancy Folbre (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

“Death by a Thousand Cuts: Financial Innovation and Income Inequality,” William Redmond (Indiana State University)

“Rising Income Inequality and Family Functioning: Macroeconomic Effects of Changes in Family Structure and Relationship to Employment,” Heather Boushey (Center for American Progress)

“The Impact of Paid Parental Leave on Income Inequality in the United States,” Steve Pressman (Monmouth University) and Robert Scott (Monmouth University)

“Finding a Positive Vision for State Capitalism,” Anna Klimina (University of Saskatchewan)

Discussants: Deborah Figart (Richard Stockton College) and David Zalewski (Providence College)


Saturday, January 4, 10:15 AM

The Ethics and Economics of Corporation Governance, Finance, and the Great Recession

Chair: Wilfred Dolfsma (University of Groningen School of Economics and Business)

“The U.S. Treasury's Rhetoric of the AIG Bailout: A Misguided Justification,” Rojhat Avsar (Columbia College Chicago)

“The ‘Paradigm Blindness’ of Economics: Ethical Challenges to Economic Thought from the Financial Crisis,” Robert McMaster (University of Glasgow) and Denis Fischbacher-Smith (University of Glasgow)

“Are Near-Retirees Getting Hit from All Sides? Understanding the Link Between Job Insecurity and Older Households' Wealth Risk Exposure,” Sara Bernardo (University of Massachusetts Boston) and Christian E. Weller (University of Massachusetts Boston)

“The Perpetuation of Class Divides from the Bottom Up: Trust, Groupthink and the Emerging Evidence from Corporate Boards,” René Reich-Graefe (Western New England University School of Law)


Saturday, January 4, 2:30 PM

Law and Social Economics: Foundations

Chair: Mark D. White (College of Staten Island/CUNY)

“Should Individual Maximizers Seek to Maximize Social Utility as Well?” Claire Finkelstein (University of Pennsylvania Law School)

“A Relational View of Law and Economics,” Daniel Finn (St John's University)

“The Role of Economic Rights and the Law in Social Economics: A Natural Law Perspective,” Stefano Solari (Università di Padova)

“Bringing Justice under the Law to All Persons in Economics,” Kevin McCarron (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and Robert E. Prasch (Middlebury College)


Sunday, January 5, 8:00 AM

The Environment, Law, and Social Economics

Chair: Jonathan B. Wight (University of Richmond)

“Do Constitutions Matter? The Effects of Constitutional Environmental Human Rights Provisions on Environmental Outcomes,” Christopher Jeffords (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and Lanse Minkler (University of Connecticut)

“Environmental Ethics, Economics, and Property Law,” Steven McMullen (Calvin College) and Daniel Molling (Kansans City Federal Reserve Bank)

“How Social Norms Can Guide the Law Pertaining to Accounting in Order to Accomplish Climate Change Remediation,” F. Gregory Hayden (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

“Marketing Sustainability: Firm Values and Product Differentiation,” Jill J. McCluskey (Washington State University)


Sunday, January 5, 10:15 AM

Law and Social Economics: Applications

Chair: Andrew Yuengert (Pepperdine University)

“The Impact of Laws on the Egyptian Economic Performance, 1960-2010,” Eman Selim (Tanta University)

“Divergent Outcomes of Land Rights Claims of Indigenous Peoples in the United States,” Wayne Edwards (Middlebury College)

“The Language of Social Constraints,” David George (La Salle University)

“Institutionalist Method and Forensic Proof,” Robert M. LaJeunesse (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)


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The Association for Social Economics was established in December 1941 in New York City, NY. The association was formed to advance scholarly research and writing about the great questions of economics, human dignity, ethics, and philosophy. Its members seek to explore the ethical...

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