Symposium on The Boundaries of Economics

Organized by the “Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Kennesaw State University, Prillaman Health Sciences 1105

Applications of economic principles to decisions by consumers, firms, and workers in market settings are obvious. But the standard approach to analyzing microeconomic behavior (which typically assumes that a rational individual is applying the cost-benefit principle, and therefore responds to incentives) can be applied to essentially any choice that a person confronts. The “Symposium on the Boundaries of Economics” – organized by Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity – will examine how the economic way of thinking can be applied to analyze situations that most people would not traditionally think of as “economic decisions.”

  • Session 1 – 9:30am to 10:45am:
    • Keynote address by Steven Landsburg (Professor of Economics [Rochester University] and author of the books “The Armchair Economist,” “Fair Play,” and “More Sex is Safer Sex”);
  • Session 2 – 10:55am to 12:10pm:
    • Presentations by Scott Cunningham (Professor of Economics [Baylor University]), Emily Owens (Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society [UC Irvine]), and Paola Suarez (Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics [SUNY Purchase])
  • Session 3 – 12:30pm to 2:15pm:
    • Screening of the documentary film “Freakonomics: The Movie.”

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