The Political Economy of Social Choices (15w5108)


(Wilfrid Laurier University)

Norman Schofield (Washington University in St. Louis)


The Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) will host the "The Political Economy of Social Choices" workshop from July 26th to July 31st, 2015.

Throughout the world, but particularly in Europe and the US. governments
face major problems within the economy and in the polity about how to deal
with debt, and in the longer run about appropriate responses to climate
change. Social choice and political economy offer an integrated theoretical
apparatus that studies the response of voters in democratic societies to
governmental policies. Indeed the theory can also model large sweeping
changes in beliefs that we have seen recently, for example in North Africa
and the Middle East. The techniques to be explored in this workshop will
include theoretical models linked to empirical analysis.

The The Political Economy of Social Choices (PESC) workshop to be held in
Oaxaca (Mexico) or in Banff (Alberta, Canada) in the Spring of 2015 and
sponsored by the Banff International Research Station brings together
researchers studying policy making under different political institutions.
Workshop participants will examine how voters chose their representatives in
elections taking into account the institutions under which the elected
official operate. By adding norms, social structures, institutions or having
an agenda setter we can study how social institutions help shape policies
different societies adopt.

The Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) in Mexico, and the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) in Banff, are collaborative Canada-US-Mexico ventures that provide an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry.

The research station in Banff is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). The research station in Oaxaca is funded by CONACYT.