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Economics of Good and Evil

The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street

Thursday, September 28 at 3pm in Auditorium J1-050

 

In Economics of Good and Evil, Tomas Sedlacek radically rethinks his field. Economics is touted as a value-free mathematical inquiry, he writes, but it’s actually a cultural phenomenon, a product of our civilization. He ranges from the Epic of Gilgamesh to the consumerism in the movie Fight Club. Placing the wisdom of philosophers and poets over strict mathematical models of human behavior, Sedlacek’s groundbreaking work promises to change the way we calculate economic value.

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OPENING:
Indermit Gill
Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank

AUTHOR:
Tomas Sedlacek
Member of the National Economic Council
Chief Economist and Strategist of CSOB Bank, Czech Republic

MODERATOR:
Jean-Jacques Dethier
Research Manager, Development Economics, World Bank

For panelist biographies, see below.

OPENING:
Indermit Gill
Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank
Mr. Gill is the Chief Economist of the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank.  Prior to this, he was the Director of the World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography.  He joined the World Bank in 1993 and has held various positions.  He was the Sector Manager in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit in the East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, where he was also Economic Adviser to the Chief Economist.  Previously, he had been the Economic Adviser to the Vice President of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network.  His research has been published in several books and academic journals. 

AUTHOR:
Tomas Sedlacek
Member of the National Economic Council
Chief Economist and Strategist of CSOB Bank, Czech Republic
Mr. Sedlacek is the Chief Macro-Economist of CSOB Bank, the largest Czech bank, lectures at Charles University, and is a member of the National Economic Council in Prague. He worked as an advisor of Václav Havel, the first Czech President after the fall of communism, and is a regular columnist and popular radio and TV commentator. Named one of the “young guns” and one of the “five hot minds in economics” by the Yale Economic Review.

MODERATOR:
Jean-Jacques Dethier
Research Manager, Development Economics, World Bank 
Mr. Dethier is Research Manager, Development Economics, at the World Bank. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research, at the University of Bonn, Germany. His recent published work includes Growth and Empowerment (2005); Governance, Decentralization and Reform in China, India and Russia (2000); and Public Finance Reform during the Transition (1998).

 




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