"Paradigms of Economic Thought" 1998 Annual Meeting Program Wednesday January 7, 1998
On January 7, 1998, the Section on Socio-Economics of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) is presenting a day-long Annual program entitled "Other Paradigms of Economic Thought" at the San Francisco Hilton, from 8:30 - 5:00 p.m. The topics include (1) an overview of socio-economics and its relation to law, (2) positive and normative aspects of moral dimension of economic behavior (including a socio-economic approach to affirmative action), (3) the real history of law and economics (starting with John R. Commons, not Coase) with attention to important developments that are presently neglected in most courses in law and economics, and (4) other paradigms of economic thought (including two forms of institutional economics, several views of feminist economics, an integration of law, economics and behavioral psychology, and an exiting new approach to integrating economics and other disciplines based on endogenizing preferences). Participants include Richard Coughlin (Chair, Sociology, University of New Mexico), Richard Hattwick (Economics, Western Illinois, Editor, Journal of Socio-Economics); and Robert Cooter, Philip Selznick and Williamson (Univ. of California, Berkeley).\
One unifying theme of the program is the responsibilities of the lawyer and law teacher when using economics and other disciplines to serve clients, research legal issues, and teach students. The program was offered to show that socio-economics provides a rigorous, interdisciplinary, paradigm-conscious, value-conscious approach to economic behavior, predicated on a consideration of whole human beings within social, political, and institutional context--an approach more in keeping with the responsibilities of lawyers and law teachers than more limited approaches to economic behavior.
Overview of Socio-Economics and Its Relation to Law Moderator: Charles Whalen (Senior Economist, Institute for Industry Studies, Cornell University) Richard Hattwick (Economics, Western Illinois Editor, Journal of Socio-Economics) Robert Ashford (Syracuse University) Morality: Socio-Economic and Communitarian Perspectives Moderator: Terry O'Neill (Tulane) Richard Coughlin (Chair, Sociology, University of New Mexico): "Whose Morality? Which Community? What Interests?" Anthony Cook (Georgetown) "A Socio-Economic and Communitarian Approach to Affirmative Action" Philip Selznick (Berkeley) Commentator: Richard McAdams (Boston University)
Luncheon Speaker: Mike Gravel, U.S. Senator, Alaska (1969-1981) "The Socio-Economics of Democracy: The Essential Economic Conditions"
The Real History of Law and Economics Moderator: Jeffrey Harrison (Florida) Steven Medema (Chair, Economics, University of Colorado, Denver): "Wandering the Road from Pluralism to Posner: The Transformation of Law and Economics in the Twentieth Century" William Lovett (Tulane): "Shifting Ideological Mixes" Commentators: Edward Rubin (California, Berkeley) Tom Ulen (Illinois) Other Paradigms of Economic Thought Moderator: Robert Ashford (Syracuse) Robert Cooter (Berkeley): "Endogenizing Preferences" Owen Jones (Arizona State): "Law, Economics and Behavioral Biology" Nicholas Mercuro (Michigan State): "Institutional Law and Economics" Myra Strober (Stanford): "Feminist Economics" Commentators Lynne Dallas (San Diego) Lynn Stout (Georgetown)