Professor Samuel Bowles of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will give a talk titled "Fugitive Resources: The Weightless Economy and the Invisible Hand" on Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m. in room 300 of Rockefeller Hall, Vassar College. The Department of Economics hosts the annual Martin H. Crego lecture, which is free and open to the public.
An economics professor, Bowles studies the structure of labor and capital markets, the organization of work, and the evolution of norms and preferences. Much of Bowles' research is carried out as part of the MacArthur Research Network on Preferences and in conjunction with the programs on evolutionary dynamics and economics at the Santa Fe Institute.
Bowles was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve as a member of South Africa's Commission on the Labour Market, where he was asked to contribute to the design of policies intended to overcome the legacy of apartheid.
The author of many books and papers, Bowles received the 1999 Museum of Education Book of the Century prize for "Schooling in Capitalist America." Among his forthcoming books are " Economic Institutions and Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach to Microeconomics," "The Foundations of Social Reciprocity," "Understanding Capitalism: Competition, Command, and Change," and " Cooperation, Reciprocity and Punishment: Experiments from 15 Small-Scale Societies."
For additional information, call the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.