Towards 'cohesive societies': economics of identity, norms and narratives

Thu 23 - Fri 24 Jun 2022

Baby changing facilities
Online and in person
Wheelchair accessible venue

For more information or any queries, please email [email protected]

Colourful wooden pawns placed on a grey surface
116 Pall Mall and online
£6 - £40

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British Academy/Wellcome Trust Conferences bring together scholars and specialists from around the world to explore themes related to health and wellbeing.

Watch the recording of this conference on the British Academy's YouTube channel: day one | day two

We live in a strongly interdependent world, subject to constant social, political, economic and technological forces of change. This interdependence means that the cohesiveness of society is of fundamental importance as a key for unlocking change, especially in the political arena and the economic realm. This conference focuses on understanding how economic behaviour influences and is influenced by how societies cohere. It aims to bring such understanding, particularly, to the forefront of economic science. The conference will have three sessions (featuring four contributions each) devoted to the following sub-themes: (i) Economics and Identity; (ii) Social Norms and Economic Behaviour; (iii) Narrative Economics. This unique, interdisciplinary conference will address the multi-dimensionality of social cohesion; focus on economic issues, ranging from micro to macro behaviour; advance foundational and applied understanding as well as theoretical and empirical research; and deliver diverse scholarship of international standing.

Conference convenor: Dr Fabio Tufano, University of Nottingham


Day 1, Thursday 23 June

Professor Dominic Abrams FBA, University of Kent

Professor Tim Besley FBA, London School of Economics

Professor Cristina Bicchieri, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Leonardo Bursztyn, University of Chicago

Professor Davide Cantoni, University of Munich

Professor Jean-Paul Carvalho, University of Oxford

Professor Mary S. Morgan FBA, London School of Economics

Professor Imran Rasul FBA, University College London

Professor Moses Shayo, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr Fabio Tufano, University of Nottingham

Day 2, Friday 24 June

Professor Dominic Abrams FBA, University of Kent

Professor Roland Bénabou, Princeton University

Professor Tim Besley FBA, London School of Economics

Professor Paul Collier FBA, University of Oxford

Professor Amrita Dhillon, King's College London

Professor Paola Giuliano, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Professor Stephan Meier, Columbia University

Professor Friederike Mengel, University of Essex

Professor Mary S. Morgan FBA, London School of Economics

Book tickets online. When booking, you have a choice of an online or in-person ticket. Please book for each day separately.

In-person standard ticket: £40 per day

In-person concession ticket: £20 per day

Online standard ticket: £10 per day

Online concession ticket: £6 per day

Please note that this event will take place at 116 Pall Mall. In-person tickets include refreshments and lunch.

The concession rate applies to: unwaged / retired / early-career academics (within three years of completing PhD) / students / disabled. Free entrance is offered to companions or carers of disabled visitors.

Funded by Wellcome Trust

All events are staged in line with the government’s COVID-19 guidelines and our venue’s COVID-19 guidelines. Measures are subject to change in accordance with government guidance; attendees will be notified of any changes prior to their visit. If you have any questions about this event please refer to our public events FAQs or email [email protected]

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