Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research, New York

15 June 2019 to 16 August 2019

In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst

Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt in cooperation with Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften. Funded by Johanna Quandt Foundation

Sanjay G. Reddy is an Associate Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research.  He has also previously taught at Columbia University, and been a visitor at diverse academic institutions in the US, Europe and India.  He has held fellowships  from the Center for Ethics, the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University, the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, the Justitia Amplificata program of the Goethe University of Frankfurt and Free University of Berlin and the Advanced Research Collaborative of the City University of New York.  
Recently he was a member of the Independent High-level Team of Advisers to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System (in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) and has served in various other functions in the United Nations..  He is one of the co-founders of the Global Consumption and Income Project. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, an M.Phil. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and an A.B.  in applied mathematics with physics from Harvard University.
For more information see: http://www.sanjayreddy.com/about

Research project title:
The Predicament of Economics

Abstract
During my stay I will investigate the ‘predicament of economics’, in particular the underlying sources of difficulties in establishing agreed upon and ‘law-like’ economic knowledge, and what implications this has for our understanding of the status of economic knowledge and of the role it can or should play in society.
The project thus straddles the methodology, the sociology and politics of social science to ask how and why it is that the discipline, looked to in order to provide answers to pressing questions of social explanation and of policy, often does not do so fails to do so in a manner that many could consider to be satisfactorily, and is instead y, seemingly characterized by permanent internal conflicts, and the reign of ideology, fads and fashions, and some notable predictive and explanatory failures. The project explores the forces and factors operating on the discipline to deflect or prevent it from better serving its social mission and explores the predicament of economists, asking whether certain debates can ever reasonably expected to be resolved or whether their continuation is a manifestation of politics in another form. If there is a way forward that might permit the discipline to become both more reason-bound and more faithful to society, what is it?

Publications (selection):

“Inequalities and Identities” (with Arjun Jayadev), in Deprivation, Inequality and Polarization (ed. I. Dasgupta and M. Mitra), 2019, Springer.

“Poverty Beyond Obscurantism” in Beck, V./Hahn, H./Lepenies, R. (Eds.): Dimensions of Poverty. Springer (forthcoming; 2019).

"The Middle Muddle: Conceptualizing and Measuring the Global Middle Class" (with Arjun Jayadev and Rahul Lahoti) in Martin Guzman ed. Toward a Just Society: Joseph Stiglitz and Twenty-First Century Economics, Columbia University Press.

International Trade and Labour Standards: A Proposal for Linkage (with Christian Barry), 2008, New York: Columbia University Press.

Events:
Lecture by Sanjay Reddy
The predicament of Economics (and the social sciences more generally)
Tuesday 23.07.2019, 2-4 pm/ 14:00-16:00 Uhr (Building „Normative Orders“, 5.01)

Masterclass (with Sanjay Reddy)
The predicament of Economics (and the social sciences more generally)
Monday 22.07.2019 – Wednesday 24.07.2019; each day a morning session from 10-12 am and an afternoon session from 2-4 pm.
Also individual sessions can be attended. For more information (pdf): click here...

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