Monday, December 30, 2013

CFP: Scientific Misconduct and Research Ethics in Economics

Since the screening of Inside Job in movie theatres around the world in 2010, research integrity in economics has been questioned by scholars and public intellectuals. Prestigious economists and policy makers are accused of conflicts of interest (Ferguson 2010) while prominent economists are charged with plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Recently, errors and omissions in a number of influential papers, uncovered in 2013 by UMass researchers, caused scholars to raise serious questions about the reliability of findings in economics. Some of these economists replied to accusations about themselves while many others have preferred not to respond at all. These days, economists hear the following question more often than before: “what is wrong with economics?” Click here to read the rest of the CFP in PDF.

Date                             : 21-22 August 2014
Venue                          : Swiss Hotel Grand Ephesus, Izmir, Turkey
Workshop website        :
Workshop calendar      : 16 March 2014            (Deadline for abstract submissions)
   4 May 2014               (Notification of acceptance)
   27 July 2014              (Deadline for full-paper submissions)
Submissions                :
Workshop committee    : Altug Yalcintas, Ankara University
                                       Robert Mcmaster, University of Glasgow
                                       Wilfred Dolfsma, University of Groningen and the Review of Social Economy
Keynote speakers         : James Wible, University of New Hempshire
                                      Stephen T. Ziliak, Roosevelt University
Workshop fee               : 250 € (payable upon arrival). Workshop fee includes participation in the
                                      workshop, lunches, and coffee breaks. Our intention is to waive the
                                      workshop fee for all PhD researchers This is currently under negotiation
   with our sponsors.
Local organizing team  : Altug Yalcintas, Ankara University
   Mehmet Basaran, Collective Minds
   Funda Demir, the Netherlands for Higher Education in Ankara.

Please note that the workshop is limited by 20 participants Information with regard to lodging and transportation will soon be available on the workshop website.

Friday, October 18, 2013

New Publication on Epistemic Costs and the "Coase Theorem"

My article on epistemic costs and the "Coase Theorem" is now published by the American Journal of Economics and Sociology and available at journal's website.

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

Ronald Coase Dies at 102

Ronald Coase, one of the most influential economists in the post-war era, died 2 September 2013. He was 102 years old.

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

Sons and Daughters of Edward Said Fighting for Freedom in Turkey

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 - (Accessed on 2 June 2013).

Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Working Paper: "The Oomph in Economic Philosophy"

My new working paper, "The Oomph in Economic Philosophy: A Bibliometric Analysis of the Main Trends, from the 1960s to the Present" is available online at MRPA RePec Archive. Click here to download!

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.

Keywords: rhetoric of economics, realism in economics, bibliometric analysis

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Economic E-Translations into and from European Languages (EE-T Project)

I have become an associate partner of an EU project, entitled “Economic E-Translations into and from European Languages: An Online Platform.” For this project, I will prepare a bibliographical survey on the evolution of the Turkish translations of the economic manuscripts of Marx and Engles. The title of my paper is “Artificial Selection in the Industry of Publications: A Bibliographical Survey on the Economic Manuscripts of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in Turkish.” Its extended abstract is available here.

The objective of EE-T Project is stated as follows: “The EE-T project, funded by the European Commission, in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme – Erasmus Subprogramme, has the objective to assess the impact of translations of economic texts on the History of Economic Thought in Europe. Historical and linguistic analysis of the different translations is indeed necessary to fully understand the circulation of economic ideas, in order to provide a richer approach to the History of Economic Thought.” For further information visit the website of EE-T Project.

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Paper on the Theory of Punctuated Equilibirium and Intellectual Evolution

My paper on punctuated equilibrium and evolution of ideas has appeared in the Journal of Philosophical Economics. The paper is a response to Professor David Laibman's rejoinder to my review essay on his 2007 book, Deep History: A Study in Social Evolution and Human Agency.

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.

Keywords: punctuated equilibrium, continual progress, perfection, intellectual path dependence

Friday, September 28, 2012

New Book: Iktisatta Bir Hayalet / A Spectre in Economics: Karl Marx

İktisatta Bir Hayalet / A Spectre in Economics: Karl Marx, published by Iletisim Publications, is an edited volume of the 4th Workshop of the Turkish Initative for Economic Thought. The workshop took place in Denizli, Turkey in April 2011. This new book, available in Turkish only, is now in stores. Click here (TL), here (TL), or here (€) to buy the book.

Sevinc Orhan, Serhat Kologlugil, and Altug Yalcintas. (Eds.) 2012. İktisatta Bir Hayalet: Karl Marx. Istanbul: Iletisim.

Here is an excerpt from the back flap:

"Bugün Avrupa’da Marx’ın sözünü ettiği bir komünizm hayaleti dolaşıyor mu, bunun tayinini okuyucuya bırakıyoruz. Bizim bu çalışma dolayısıyla görebildiğimiz, iktisatta bir hayaletin dolaşıyor olduğu – Marx’ın hayaleti.

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

Commentary in Les Affaires by Olivier Schmouker, "Accordez-vous assez d'attention à vos erreurs?"

Olivier Schmouker discusses my work on "error" in Les Affaires, a news magazine published in Quebec, Canada.  His commentary is available here. My work on error, published in Ankara University SBF Review in 2011, is available here.

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

Publication: American Journal of Economics and Sociology

My manuscript on "epistemic costs" has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

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

International Conference on Economic Philosophy

The Program of the International Conference on Economic Philosophy, organized by Sciences Po Lille, 21-22 June 2012, has been announced.

Download the programme here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Publication: Economics Bulletin

My manuscript on "intellectual path dependence" has been published in Economics Bulletin.

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

The fifth workshop of the Turkish Initiative for Economic Thought is to be held in Hacettepe University (Ankara) on 3-4 May 2012. The theme of the workshop is "Economics and Literature". The program is available here and here.

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

Journal of Philosophical Economics

As of February 2012, I will be serving in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Philosophical Economics. JPE is one of the youngest and best journals publishing articles in philosophy of economics. Click here for the website of JPE.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New Book: Kantindeki Politik Ekonomi / Political Economy in the Canteen

Kantindeki Politik Ekonomi: Türkiye Öğrenci Hareketlerinden Mekânsal Bir Kesit, 1994 - 2001 Dönemine İlişkin Seçilmiş Metinler / Political Economy in the Canteen: A Spatial Register of Student Movements in Turkey, Selected Papers, 1994 - 2001 is now in print and on sale here, here, here, and here. For Google Book preview click here.
This book is based on the political petitions, brochures, booklets, and posters that belong to the Turkish student movement in Ankara between 1994 and 2001. It includes original texts as well as scanned versions of various images.

Here are two articles that mention or review the book - available in Turkish only:

Cansu Akbaş. 2013. "Üniversitenin İşlevi" Dağarcık Türkiye Ocak.

Here is the excerpt from the backflap - available in Turkish only:
Kantindeki Politik Ekonomi, Ankara Üniversitesi Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi'nde bulunan Altkantin'in 1994 - 2001 arasındaki sosyallesmelerinin ve siyasallaşmalarının ürünü olan metinlerden ve görsel materyallerden oluşuyor. Çalışmada yer alan metinler, Altkantin'cilerin, dönemin akademisyenlerinin ve entelektüellerinin üretiminden belli başlı örnekleri kapsıyor. Kantin masalarında, yemekhane kuyruklarında, sınıflarda dağıtılan bildiriler, SBF duvarlarını kaplayan afişler, öğrencilerin çıkardıkları dergiler, bültenler, öğrenci hareketi üzerine yazılmış yazılar ve fotoğraflar dönemin öğrenci hareketini bir belgesel şeklinde sunuyor.
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

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Philosophizing Economics

I will soon start working on a new project, "Philosophizing Economics" as a visiting post - doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Economics, the University of Cambridge. This project aims at examining the debate between the rhetoric of economics (McCloskey, Klamer as well as many others) and realism in economics (Lawson, Maki as well as many others) in terms of "intellectual path dependency". My intention is not to offer another way to resolve this philosophical "controversy". I rather would like to read a specific period of intellectual history of philosophical economics (from 1980s to the present) from an evolutionary perspective. The project will last until the end of August 2012, with the purpose of producing a few working papers.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Publication: "Review Essay on Deep History by David Laibman (2007)"

My review article on D Laibman's Deep History (2007) has been accepted by the Journal of Philosophical Economics. It will appear in JPE in Autum.

Full citation: A. Yalcintas. 2011. "Review Essay on David Laibman's Deep History: A Study in Social Evolution and Human Agency (2007)" Journal of Philosophical Economics 5 (1) Autumn: 168 - 182.

Abstract: The frequency of historical materialist explanations in evolutionary social sciences is very low even though historical materialism and evolutionism have great many shared aims towards explaining the long term social change. David Laibman in his Deep History (2007) picks up some of the standard questions of evolutionary social theory and aims at advancing the conception of historical materialism so as to develop a Marxist theory of history from an evolutionary point of view. The contribution of Laibman’s work is to show that historical and materialist explanations are present both in Marxian and evolutionary interpretations of history, and moreover, the traditional borders of historical materialism can be enlarged so as to embrace evolutionary methodology in explaining social change. The unbalanced research methodology of Laibman’s work, however, reduces the evolutionary depth of his contribution. The two main shortcomings of Laibman’s work are discussed under the titles of “The Audience Problem” and “The Evolutionary Problem”.

Keywords: Directionality, (un-)intentionality, contingency, path dependency, evolutionary political economy, evolutionary historical materialism, critical realism.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Publication: "On Error: Undisciplined Thoughts on Intellectual Path Dependency"

"On Error: Undisciplined Thoughts on One of the Causes of Intellectual Path Dependency" is now available online. Click here.

Full citation: A. Yalcintas. 2011. "On Error: Undisciplined Thoughts on One of the Causes of Intellectual Path Dependency" Ankara University SBF Review 66 (2): 215 - 233.

Abstract: Is there not any place in the history of ideas for the imperfect character of human doings (i.e. capability of error) that is repeated for so long until we lately start to think that it had long been wrong? The answer is: In the conventional histories of ideas there is almost none. The importance of the phenomenon, however, is immense. Intellectual history is full of errors. Scholarly errors are among the factors that generate intellectual pathways in which consequences of historical small events feed back up on each other positively and give rise to historical pathologies in the end. Pathways hold the intellectuals dependent on the consequences of errors which interact upon each other and prevent resulting pathologies to disappear fully. As a result, ideas do not converge to a level of perfection. Evolutionary account of errors suggests that errors in the history of ideas matter even though they are often corrected.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Greijsje is niet meer

Greijsje, our sweet “Rotterdamsche meisje”, died on Friday morning. After being our companion for 9 years, she passed on due to kidney failure. Greijsje was a little cat but held a big space in our lives. You might have known her as a good humored, ladylike, grey bundle of joy who at some time might have been a house guest of yours as well. She was thankful to all of you for your kindness, love, and caring.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Post Doctoral Fellowship: University of Cambridge

I have been granted a post-doctoral fellowship by the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey. This fellowship will allow me to start pursuing a new paroject, entitled "Philosophizing Economics: A Cultural Economics Perspective on Rhetoric and Realism in the Netherlands, from 1980s to the Present," at the Economics Department of the University of Cambridge as a visiting scholar and join the Cambridge Social Ontology Group from the beginning of September 2011 until the end of August 2012.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Publication: Journal of the History of Economic Thought

"Intellectual Paths and Pathologies: How Small Events in Scholarly Life Accidentally Grow Big" Journal of the History of Economics 32 (4) 2010: 621 - 622.

Download the abstract at JHET website.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Popular Science III: "Kuramlar Evrilir, Peki İlerler mi?"

A short article mine, "Kuramlar Evrilir, Peki İlerler mi?", has been published in NTVBLM, a popular science magazine published in Turkey, in its issue of December 2010: 68 - 71. The article - its title reads: "Theories Evolve, but Do They Progress?" - comments on the "Coase Theorem" and argues that evolution of ideas does not always amount to the progress of ideas. It claims that the "Coase Theorem" has evolved from Coase's 1960 "The Problem of Social Cost" and it now means the opposite of what the originator of the "Coase Theorem," Ronald Coase, 1991 Nobel Prize Winner, has argued.
This article relies on a discussion paper that appeared in SSRN in August 2010. Click here to read its abstract and download the full paper.
The following abstract (in Turkish) is from the website of NTVBLM
"Ders kitaplarına yerleşmiş kuramlar, bugüne dek değişmeden gelmiş olabilir mi? Düşünce tarihçilerinin soruya cevabı net: Hayır, her zaman değil. Kuramlar da aynen doğadaki birçok tür gibi evrimleşir. Arka arkaya birkaç nesil sonra kuramlar, değişen “düşünce iklimi”, yani çevresel koşullarla, ata kuramdan farklı bir içeriğe sahip olabilir. Evrim kuramı bize tarihin sürekli olarak ilerleyen ya da gittikçe mükemmele yaklaşan patikalardan oluşmadığını söylüyor. Kuramlar da evrim süreçlerinden geçer, değişir."

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Discussion Paper Online: "The 'Coase Theorem' vs. Coase Theorem Proper"

The paper I presented in the Annual Meetings of ESHET 2010 (University of Amsterdam) and HES 2010 (Syracuse University), "The 'Coase Theorem' vs. Coase Theorem Proper: How an Error Emerged and Why It Remained Uncorrected So Long," is now available at SSRN - Social Science Research Network. Click here to read the abstract and download the paper.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Popular Science II: "Ahlakın İktisadi Evrimi"

A short article of mine (in Turkish) has been published in the June issue of NTVBilim, a Turkish popular science maganize.

"Ahlakın İktisadi Evrimi" NTVBilim Haziran 2010.
("Economic Evolution of Morals")

Click here to visit the website

Friday, April 9, 2010

Publication: Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics

The summary of my PhD dissertation, Intellectual Paths and Pathologies: How Small Events Accidentally Grow Big (2009), has been published in the Spring issue of Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics.

Visit the journal's website at

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Young Scholar Award II: History of Economics Society

History of Economics Society has granted me one of this year's Young Scholar Awards to present my paper on the "Coase Theorem" at the 2010 meetings of the Society at Syracuse University. The conference program and further details will be posted at the conference web site soon:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wordcloud Image by RePub of Erasmus University Rotterdam

I have three entries at the Erasmus University Library (RePub). The image here has been generated by the Library software according to the frequency of some of the (key-)words that are used in these entries.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Young Scholar Award I: The European Association for the History of Economic Thought

I am awarded a grant by the European Society for the History of Economic Thought to present a paper of mine, entitled "The 'Coase Theorem' and Coase Theorem Proper: How an Error Emerged and Remained Uncorrected For So Long," at the "Young Scholar Seminar" during the ESHET 2010 Conference in the Netherlands. This event will be held at the University of Amsterdam between 25 - 28 March 2010.

To download the full program, see the ESHET 2010 Conference Website HERE!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

İktisatta Evrimci Yol: İktisat Güncel Evrim Teorisine Ne Kadar Katkı Yaptı?

"Evolutionary Pathways in Economics: How Much Has Economics Contributed to the Contemporary Evolutionary Theory" Ankara University, GETA Discussion Paper Series No: 108 January 2010.

This discussion paper examines the influence of economics on the contemporary evolutionary theory. Citations show that evolutionary economists, especially those working on path dependence theory, such as Paul David and Brian Arthur, are quite popular among natural scientists. Is economics now colonizing chemistry and physics?

The paper is in Turkish only. Nevertheless, it is not difficult to read its figures and diagrams which give a bit of a glimpse on the main theme of the paper. Download the figures here.

Download the full text here!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Book Review of David Ruccio's Economic Representations: Academic and Everyday (2008)

My review of David Ruccio's Economic Representations: Academic and Everyday (Routledge: 2008) has appeared in Journal of Economic Issues (December 2009). Downloadable at JEI website:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Popular Science I: QWERTY

A short article of mine, "QWERTY: Evrim Parmaklarınızın Ucunda" ("QWERTY: Evolution at Your Fingertips"), has appeared in NTV Bilim Dergisi, a Turkish popular science magazine, in December 2009.

Download the paper in PDF here.
Log on the web site:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Symposium on Darwin and Evolutionary Economics

Hacettepe University hosts a symposium on Darwin and evolutionary economics between 19th and 20th of November 2009. I'll be presenting a paper at this event. The title of my paper is "İktisat Düşüncesinde Evrimci Yol: İktisat Güncel Evrim Teorisine Ne Katkı Yaptı? (Meraklısına Notlar)". In Turkish only ("Evolutionary Pathways in Economics: How Much did Economics Contribute to Contemporary Evolutionary Theory? [Highlights for the Interested]").

Details about the symposium can be found here:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Public PhD Defense: 28 October 2009, 13:30, Senaatszaal

You are cordially invited to the public defense of my PhD disseration (see the older post below) at Senaatszaal (Erasmus University Rotterdam, A Building) on 28th of October 2009 at 1:30 pm.

A promotion reception will immediately follow at Cum Laude between 2:30 - 3:30 pm.

Almut Krauss and Floris Heukelom are going to be my paranymphs during the ceremony. They are colleagues and close friends of mine from Erasmus, who were regular attendees of the seminars that Arjo Klamer organized between 2001 and 2005.

All design work in this project is by Alsu YALÇINTAŞ -

Friday, September 25, 2009

Intellectual Paths and Pathologies: How Small Events in Scholarly Life Accidentally Grow Big

The printed version of my dissertation, Intellectual Paths and Pathologies: How Small Events in Scholarly Life Accidentally Grow Big (2009) is now available in paperback.

* Download the full-length article at Informaworld: Altuğ Yalçıntaş "Historical Small Events and the Eclipse of Utopia: Perspectives on Path Dependence in Human Thought" Culture, Theory, and Critique 47 (1) 2006

Here is the excerpt from the backflap:

"The initial conditions of certain ways of thinking sometimes lock us in to particular pathways. Such pathways occur when the follow-up of small events catches intellectuals in its complex web irreversibly and grow bigger in the future. The distinctive property of such conditions is that the evolution of ideas does not necessarily lead to any pre-defined end point. Small events trigger shifts in the course of events and this leads to (extra-) positive or (extra-) negative consequences that move the system away from its systematic course. After small events take place, complex webs of scholarly life function in either of two ways: (i) as a short-cut that moves the system to a better state and elevates it to higher levels of order which could only be reached within longer time spans if there had been no interruptions or (ii) as a hindrance that would break the system down and disallow intellectuals to proceed further and achieve intellectual advancement. When historical small events become a hindrance (ii), a little uncorrected error sometimes feeds back a negative cumulative effect on the progress of scientific knowledge. When historical small events operate as a short-cut (i), however, the conditions that turn an event into a starting point of a new pathway can be the breaking point of an old one as such that they unlock the old course of events bearing path dependent properties and perhaps lead to more complex evolutionary pathways. This would mean an upward movement of the system to more coherent and sophisticated levels."

KEYWORDS (concepts): Intellectual path dependence, intellectual pathologies, the 'Coase Theorem', Coase Theorem Proper, evolutionary history of economic ideas, historical small events, Utopia, will to perfection, will to (in)dependence.

KEYWORDS (names): Brian Arthur, Ronald Coase, Charles Darwin, Paul David, Stephan J. Gould, Arjo Klamer, Deirdre McCloskey, Thomas More, Douglass North, George Stigler.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Taraf Gazetesi :: Türkiye’de krizin seyrine ilişkin kısa bir evrimci yorum

A newspaper article published in TARAF, a Turkish daily, in July 2009. (In Turkish only)

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