Friday, October 18, 2013
Altug Yalcintas. 2013. "The Problem of Epistemic Cost: Why Do Economists Not Change Their Minds (about the 'Coase Theorem')?" American Journal of Economics and Sociology 72 (5): 1131-1157.
Abstract: Errors in the history of economic analysis often remain uncorrected for long periods due to positive epistemic costs (PEC) involved in allocating time to going back over what older generations wrote. In order to demonstrate this in a case study, economists' practice of the “Coase Theorem” is reconsidered from a PEC point of view.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Coase has been one of the economists whose works influenced my research. I published a number of papers on Ronald Coase and the “Coase Theorem.” Here is a list of these papers:
- 2013 [EN]. "The Problem of Epistemic Cost: Why Do Economists Not Change Their Minds (About the 'Coase Theorem')?" American Journal of Economics and Sociology 72 (5): 1131-1157.
- 2010 [EN]. "The 'Coase Theorem' vs. Coase Theorem Proper: How an Error Emerged and Why It Remained Uncorrected So Long" Social Science Research Network Discussion Paper No: 1628163.
- 2010 [TR]. "Düşünceler Evriliyor, Peki İlerliyor mu? Ronald Coase ve 'Coase Kuramı'" NTVBLM December: 68-71.
- 2009 [EN]. Intellectual Paths and Pathologies: How Small Events in Scholarly Life Accidentally Grow Big. PhD Dissertation: Erasmus University Rotterdam: 1-25.
- 2008 [TR]. “İnsan Düşüncesinde Belirsizlik, İşlem Maliyetleri ve İdeoloji” [Uncertainty, Transaction Costs and Ideoloji in Human Thought] In: Candan, Özbolat, and Öziş (eds.) Bilim ve İktidar (Ankara: Dipnot Yay.): 287 - 309.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Edward Said was not only a university intellectual but an activist against Israeli occupation in Palestine. Sons and daughters of Said in Turkey, mainly university youth with intellectual backgrounds, have now become activists occupying over 900 squares in 40 Turkish cities! Said was accused to be a “professor of terror.” Turkish activists are today accused to cause chaos. Both are mindless propogations of government ideologies!
On 28 May, protests started spontaneously after a “small cause,” demolishing trees in the city park in Istanbul (Taksim Gezi Parki), and are now leading to “big consequences” against excessive measures of the police organization, media sensory, dictatorial rhetoric of the president and his officers as well as regulations banning alcohol consumption. Only one TV network, Halk TV, is broadcasting the protests with full coverage. Activists are communicating mainly via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. Protestors ask for the resignation of the government.
About the creative nature of the protests: There is no homogenous central organizing body. Individiuals are coming together in the main squares of their cities in order to stand in solidarity with their fellow protestors. Networks are helping thousands of people pour into places where protestors clash with the police. The police attack with tear gas and water cannons after which resistant protestors scatter around and come together again using smaller streets leading to main squares. 900 people were arrested yesterday. Today they are all released. No other arrests have been reported so far but there are a great number of injuries. Some of official figures are senseless, such as the one announced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, that 115 police and 58 civilians were injured.
Resistance kicked off in Istanbul Gezi Parki, the only park in Taksim area, after demolishing trucks of the local government started to rip off trees. Their aim was to enlarge the area to build a shopping mall in place of the park. Sirri Sureyya Onder (MP) and a group of activists (not more than 100 people) drew the attention of country to this event. The tipping point of the resistance was the excessive usage of tear gas and water cannon on these resistant protestor that day.
The protests have spread to more than 40 cities throughout the country. Izmir, Ankara, Eskisehir, Samsun, Mersin are among the cities where huge protests take place. The police have been fierce on the protestors.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has so far addressed the public trice. He claimed the protestors to be "plunderers" and "drunkards." He told the media about the government's plan to build a mosque in Taksim square. He defended the regulations to limit (and even ban) alcholol consumption, arguing that all drinkers are alcholics. "Social media is a manace for societies," Erdogan said.
In Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, medical doctors and attorneys in law voluntarily assist people who are in need of medical and juridical help due to tear gas and police aggression. Food and drinks are also provided by the local shops in city centers. Internet connections are now without passwords in order to let the protestors keep communicating with each other.
Today is the 6th day of the resistance. Hundreds of protestors all around the country keep pouring into main squares of their cities. Protestors claim that there are people amongst protestors misinforming the crowds and social media.
Photo credit and further photos on #occupygezi - http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/ (Accessed on 2 June 2013).
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Abstract: In this essay, I quantitatively analyze the significance of scholarship in economic philosophy since the 1960s. In order to do so, I examine, through the number of publications and citations, the evolution of the main trends in economic philosophy over a fifty years period. This paper will develop a better conception of how the pathways of major debates, in particular rhetoric of economics (RoE) versus realism in economics (RiE), helped economic philosophy achieve its present status in economics. Viewed through this lens, it is clear that the main trends in the recent history of the discipline have emerged out of the concerns of non-mainstream economists since the 1980s.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Monday, November 26, 2012
Yalcintas, A. 2012. "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Second Thoughts on Laibman's Deep History and the Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium with Regard to Intellectual Evolution" Journal of Philosophical Economics 6 (1): 1 - 22.
The paper is freely downloadable here.
Abstract: In this article I reconsider Laibman’s Deep History (2007) in the light of Niles Eldredge and Stephan Jay Gould’s theory of punctuated equilibrium. I argue that the theory of punctuated equilibrium explains (1) why conceptions of inevitability and directionality in intellectual evolution may not be as useful as Laibman thinks they are in the context of social evolution and (2) why stasis (that is, intellectual path dependence) in intellectual evolution does not allow different pathways of thought to converge.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Marx ve Engels Komünist Manifesto’da, komünizm hayaletinin en nihayetinde kapitalizmi yıkarak somutlaşacağından bahsediyordu. Bugün, bu hayaletin varlığına olan inancın bazı kapitalizm karşıtı çevrelerde bile yok sayıldığı bir çağı yaşıyoruz. Peki, sahiden de ruh çağıracak, tarihî bir dönemeçte ismen zikredilecek bir yazar mıdır Marx? Yoksa insanlığın başka bir dünya hayal etmesini doğuran şartlar bugün hâlâ var olmaya devam mı etmektedir?
Marx anlatmaya devam ediyor. Kapitalizmi niteleyen, onun bitip tükenmek bilmeyen iştahını açıklayan kuramıyla, zihin açıcı ve benzersiz bir düşünür olarak varlığını koruyor. Onun meşhur hayalet metaforuna gönderme yapan kitap, Marx’ın sorularını ve yöntemini hatırlatıyor, yeniden yorumluyor. Mevcut yaklaşımları özetlerken, güçlü bir alternatif olarak sorunları ele alış biçimini irdeliyor.
İktisadi Düşünce Girişimi’nin yeni bir kolektif çalışması: Alp Yücel Kaya, Hüseyin Özel, Ragıp Ege, Serhat Koloğlugil, Altuğ Yalçıntaş, Sevinç Orhan, Ozan İşler, Metin Arslan, Metin Sarfati, Kaan Öğüt kitaba katkıda bulunan iktisatçılar."
Kitaptan bir bölüm okumak için tıklayınız.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Here is an excerpt from Schmouker's post: " ... L’important n’est toutefois pas là, à mon avis. Non, il est de manière plus générale dans notre approche de la notion d’erreur : au fond, c’est quoi, une erreur? La définition classique nous dit qu’une erreur est une pensée ou une décision qui n’est pas conforme à la réalité ou à la vérité, et qui de surcroît n’est pas délibérée, car sinon il s’agirait d’un mensonge ou d’une méchanceté. Mais, on sent bien que cette «définition» est insuffisante, car elle recèle beaucoup de flou. Un flou on ne peut plus dangereux, comme je l’ai appris dans une étude passionnante intitulée On error : Undisciplined thoughts on one of the causes of intellectual path dependency et signée par Altug Yalçintas, professeur d’économie de l’University of Ankara (Turquie) ..."
Sunday, June 3, 2012
The full title of the manuscript is "The Problem of Epistemic Cost: Why Do Scholars Not Change Their Minds (About the 'Coase Theorem')?"
Abstract: Errors in the history of economic analysis often remain uncorrected for long periods due to positive epistemic costs (PEC) involved in allocating time to going back over what older generations wrote. In order to demonstrate this in a case study, the economists’ practice of the “Coase Theorem” is reconsidered from a PEC point of view.
Keywords: Epistemic costs, intellectual path dependence, ideologization, the “Coase Theorem,” “The Problem of Social Cost” (1960).
Monday, April 23, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The full title of the manuscript is "A Notion Evolving: From 'Institutional Path Dependence' to 'Intellectual Path Dependence'" Economics Bulletin 32 (2): 1092 - 1098. The paper is available online here.
Abstract: "How do ideas evolve? Can one speak of scientific progress when there is more than one pathway of intellectual evolution in which different ideas emerge and flow in different directions? Is the history of economic analysis a compilation of a number of intellectual pathways? This essay argues that it is possible to understand the course of history as a number of overlapping, divergent, and endlessly changing pathways. Such pathways operate in different fashions. They sometimes lead to more coherent and high levels of understanding. And sometimes they delay or obstruct advancement in intellectual history. In both cases, outcomes are unpredictable and multi-directional"
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Turkish Initiative for Economic Thought is a network of more than 50 scholars specialized in the history of economic thought or economic philosophy. Since 2007, the Initiative has organised four workshops on a different subject in a different city. The articles presented in these workshops have been published by Iletisim Publication House of Turkey.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Cansu Akbaş. 2013. "Üniversitenin İşlevi" Dağarcık Türkiye Ocak.
Güney Çelik. 2011. "Altkantinde Siyaset" Yarınlar 30 (Ekim).
Altkantin'den yola çıkan bu çalışma, Türkiye öğrenci hareketlerinden dönemsel ve mekânsal bir kesiti konu alırken, "mektep" ile sınırlı kalmıyor; 1990'ların başlarından 2000'lere demokratik üniversite mücadelesinin önemli uğraklarına yer veriyor.
Çalışmanın yayına hazırlanmasında emeği geçenler kitabın ilk ve diğer baskılarının satışından elde edilecek tüm geliri Mülkiyeliler Birliği Burs Fonu'na bağışlamışlardır.
ANAHTAR KELİMELER: Altkantin, Ankara Üniversitesi, Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi, Mektebi Mülkiye, Mektep, SBF, Cebeci, Öğrenci Hareketleri, YÖK