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Sheila Dow is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling and co-Convener of SCEME. She has worked previously as an economist with the Bank of England and the Government of Manitoba and as an advisor on monetary policy to the UK Treasury Select Committee. She has published in the areas of methodology, the history of economic thought (especially Hume, Smith and Keynes), money and banking and regional finance. Recent books include Economic Methodology: An Inquiry, OUP, 2002, and A History of Scottish Economic Thought, Routledge, 2006, co-edited, with Alexander Dow. Her new book, Foundations for New Economic Thinking: a collection of essays, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in spring 2012.

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Experts on Trial: A Symposium

Paper Symposium | | Mar 2017

Widespread criticism of elites and their ‘experts ’ raises questions about how economists should perceive their role, and what role societies should give them. We invited four scholars to start an online conversation by sharing their perspectives 

'People Have Had Enough of Experts'

Article | Feb 6, 2017

As part of our ongoing symposium “Experts on Trial”, Professor Sheila Dow argues that if voters have grown contemptuous of economists’ expertise, that’s because economics has been misrepresented as a technical subject separate from politics and moral judgments

Endogenising Uncertainty

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2013

Uncertainty is an unavoidable feature of economic life, although we may cope with it sometimes by ignoring it. Institutions, conventions and behaviour are all conditioned by uncertainty, and they in turn condition uncertainty in a reflexive manner.

What Kind of Theory to Guide Reform and Restructuring of the Financial and Non-Financial Sectors?

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2010

The purpose of the paper is to argue for attention to be paid, not only to choice of theory, but also to choice of theoretical approach, in order to address issues posed by the crisis.

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Reawakening

From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time

Event Conference #INET2017 | Oct 21–23, 2017

This fall, hundreds of leading scholars, policymakers and public officials will gather at the Edinburgh International Conference center for the INET 2017 conference.

Experts on Trial: Introduction

Article | Mar 3, 2017

Widespread criticism of elites and their ‘experts ’ raises questions about how economists should perceive their role, and what role societies should give them. We invited four scholars to start an online conversation by sharing their perspectives 

Economists are Divided over Brexit

Article | Jun 19, 2016

Some predict global economic catastrophe if Britain votes to leave the EU, others foresee a more limited set of consequences — and some see a telling trend in the public ignoring economists’ warnings

The Institute and Income Distribution at GES 2015

Article | Oct 15, 2015

The Institute recently sponsored several panels at the Kiel Global Economic Symposium. In particular, the panel on Income Distribution and Mobility struck us as likely to be of especially wide interest. We are grateful for the participation of all the scholars on them and are pleased to present summaries of their presentations here.