UCD Philosophy Prof Maria Baghramian is organizing a conference on “Trust, Expert Opinion and Policy” at the end of the Summer in Dublin and there’s to be a panel on “Trust in Economics”. She has asked me to post this call for abstracts. Should be an interesting event.
Place: University College Dublin
Time: August 31-September 2, 2017
Carlo Martini (University of Helsinki) and Don Ross (University College Cork and University of Cape Town) are organising a special session on
Trust in Economics
embedded in the international conference on Trust, Expert Opinion and Policy (a multidisciplinary conference investigating questions of trust in and the trustworthiness of expert opinion).
The conference is organised by Professor Maria Baghramian (School of Philosophy, University College Dublin) and Professor Luke Drury (School of Cosmic Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) as part of their Irish Research Council Project “When Experts Disagree” in collaboration with the project: “The Trinity of Policy-Making: Evidence, Causation, Argumentation”
Keynote speakers at the conference:
Onora O’Neill (University of Cambridge, Philosophy)
Patrick Honohan (Trinity College Dublin, Economics)
Call for Abstracts for the special panel on Trust in Economics
Description of the panel’s topics: What factors influence the extent of public trust in economists? Research and media outlets have recently reported a severe crisis of confidence affecting science, and economics in particular. But available surveys mainly focus on natural and medical sciences. What do we know, based on rigorous and objective surveys, about the attitudes of various publics toward economics? Past and current economic crises and turmoil are often cited to cast doubt on the expertise of economic policy advisors and commentators, but to what extent is this a problem for economics as a science? To what extent does it stem from failures in communication? Are some of the current negative judgments on economics and economists due to lack of adequate effort by economists in building a relation of trust between their science and its public?
We will be selecting a small number of contributed papers addressing, among others, the following questions:
Is there currently a crisis of public trust in economic science?
Do economists value trust in public communication of their science?
Are economists effective in communicating trust?
How should we conceptualize trust in economic expertise?
How can public trust in economics best be empirically studied and measured in surveys?
How can we most effectively build greater public trust in economic expertise?
We invite short abstracts (max 500 words) to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15 2017. Notifications of accepted papers will be sent out shortly after the deadline.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 15 2017