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Forum for Economic Dialogue – Is culture key?

Nov
12
November 12, 2018
9:30 AM - 6:45 PM

Intro

New insights on how culture affects economic prosperity

Culture is a set of shared attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors. Culture shapes the way we interact, the way firms operate, and nations develop. How much do we value integrity, trust and honesty in a multi-cultural and diverse world? What drives economic performance: taking risks, or avoiding them? Cooperation or competition? Homogeneity or heterogeneity? Carrot or stick? Is it patience, after all?

At this year’s forum, we will reflect on how prosperity and culture interact. We will explore different culture plots, from cultural groups to organizations and nations. Italian Economist and former Bocconi rector Guido Tabellini will start with a provocative question “Does Europe belong together?” and analyze whether culture is an obstacle for the European integration. Leading voices from academia and the corporate world will discuss how culture drives success: from an economic, a business and a social perspective. And Joe Henrich, a human evolutionary biologist and anthropologist, will ask what has made Western culture so strange – and so successful.

Guido Tabellini, Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, will deliver the opening keynote lecture.

This year’s Forum for Economic Dialogue will be concluded with the Zurich Lecture of Economics in Society delivered by Joe Henrich, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Impression

Guido Tabellini, Professor of Economics at Bocconi University

Guido Tabellini, Professor of Economics at Bocconi University

Joe Henrich, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University

Joe Henrich, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University

Program

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Speakers

Professor of Economics at Bocconi University
Prof. Guido Tabellini
Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University
Prof. Joseph Henrich
Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn
Prof. Armin Falk
Monetary advisor and assistant director, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Alessandra Fogli
Chilean congressman, economist and consultant
Felipe Kast Sommerhoff
Professorship of Development and Emerging Markets, University of Zurich
Prof. David Yanagizawa-Drott
Director of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society
Prof. Ernst Fehr
Thomas S. Murphy Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Prof. Raffaella Sadun
CEO Ikea Switzerland
Simona Scarpaleggia
Professor of Economics, University of Zurich
Prof. Nir Jaimovich
Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government
Sir Paul Collier
Author, journalist
Alan Posener
SPILLMANN Media, Strategy Management GmbH
Markus Spillmann
Scientific Director of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society
Prof. Hans-Joachim Voth

Venue

Kaufleuten Zurich
Pelikanstrasse 18, 8001 Zurich

Videos

Zurich Lecture of Economics in Society

12.11.2018, 5:45 p.m., Kaufleuten, Zurich

This year’s Forum for Economic Dialogue will be concluded with the Zurich Lecture of Economics in Society delivered by Joe Henrich, a Professor and Chair of the Department of Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a senior fellow in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Group. His research deploys evolutionary theory to understand how human psychology gives rise to cultural evolution and how this has shaped our species’ genetic evolution. Using insights generated from this approach, Professor Henrich has explored a variety of topics, including economic decision-making, social norms, religion, marriage, prestige and cooperation. He’s conducted anthropological fieldwork in Peru, Chile and in the South Pacific, as well as having spearheaded several large comparative projects on human sociality. His most recent book is W.E.I.R.D. People: How Westerners became psychologically peculiar and economically prosperous (forthcoming). His other books and edited volumes include The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter, Why Humans Cooperate (together with Henrich ), Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from 15 Small-Scale Societies (together with Boyd, Bowles, Camerer, Fehr, and Gintis) and Experimenting with Social Norms (together with Ensminger).