ISEG Research Fellow Dr. Abigail Devereaux attended the 2023 Southern Economic Association meetings as a presenter and chair of several sessions. Dr. Devereaux organized three complexity economics sessions featuring a total of 11 scholars speaking on complexity economics at the SEA.
Complexity economics is an emerging field of economics that seeks to explain spontaneous social orders, truly temporal and nonlinear economic system dynamics, creativity and innovation, human action under fundamentally partial knowledge, and the limits to system control. This field encompasses the topics above. Complexity economics is a paradigm shift away from static, timeless, an unsocial economic theory. Devereaux is the founder of the only complexity economics group with a focus on bottom-up emergence and epistemic humility.
About the SEA
The Southern Economic Association is one of the oldest economics associations in the United States, dating back to a conference held in Atlanta in November 1928. The Southern Economic Journal began publication in 1933 and is the eighth oldest American scholarly journal in economics. From its founding, the purpose of the Southern Economic Association has been to further the education of scholars and the public in economic affairs. Toward this end, it seeks to stimulate interest in and disseminate results of recent research in theory and applied economics.
Since its modest origins in the early 20th century, the Southern Economic Association has grown into a truly global professional organization today. Membership and participation in its annual conference regularly attracts thousands of economists from more than 94 nations to share their interests in economic scholarship.