About INEM

The International Network for Economic Method (INEM) seeks to promote links among economic methodologists, economists in all fields, and scholars in cognate disciplines. It aims to serve all those who would reflect on the methods of economics and of closely related social sciences.

INEM Board of Directors


Ivan Moscati


Ivan Moscati is the current president of INEM. He is a professor of Economics at Insubria University, Varese, and a research associate of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at LSE. His research focuses on the history and methodology of choice and utility theory, behavioral economics, and measurement theory. He is the author of Measuring Utility (Oxford UP, 2018) and Expected Utility Theory and Beyond (Cambridge UP, forthcoming). Since 2019 he organizes, with F. Guala and R. Seri, the Como summer school on Economic Behaviors, sponsored by INEM.


N. Emrah Aydinodat


N. Emrah Aydinonat (PhD, Docent) is a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki and a member of TINT - Centre for Philosophy of Social Science. He is one of the editors of the Journal of Economic Methodology (together with Jack Vromen). He is the author of The Invisible Hand in Economics (Routledge, 2008) and the co-editor of Economics Made Fun: Philosophy of the pop-economics (Routledge, 2015). More information at http://neaydinonat.com



Beatrice Cherrier


Beatrice Cherrier is a historian of Economics at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), affiliated with CREST and Ecole Polytechnique, France. She researches the history of the applied turn in economics from the 1970s onwards. This has led her to investigate the development of economics in engineering-oriented universities such as MIT and Stanford, the status of women in the economics profession, the uses of models in policy spheres, such as the US Council of Economic Advisors, the Federal Reserve Board and the Bank of England, and the epistemologies developed in specific subfields (urban economics, public economics, macroeconomics). 


Tyler DesRoches


C. Tyler DesRoches is the outgoing president of International Network for Economic Method. He is Associate Professor of Sustainability and Human Well-Being, Associate Professor of Philosophy, andFaculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, Arizona State University. Tyler co-founded the Erasmus Journal for Philosophy of Economics and the Canadian Society for Environmental Philosophy. His interdisciplinary research has focused on the normative foundations of behavioral economics, Aristotle’s economic thought, old institutionalism, the nature of interdisciplinary economics, and environmental philosophy. His peer-reviewed articles have been published in a number of different journals, including the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, History of Political Economy, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Ethics, Policy & Environment, and Journal of Applied Philosophy. His first book, a co-edited volume entitled, Canadian Environmental Philosophy, was published in 2019. Currently, Tyler is writing a monograph entitled, Sustainability without Sacrifice: A Philosophical Analysis of Human Well-Being and Consumption (under contract with Oxford University Press).



Malte Dold


Malte Dold is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Pomona College in California. Prior to that, he spent two years at New York University as a postdoctoral fellow. He holds a PhD in Economics (University of Freiburg) and an MA in Philosophy & Economics (University of Bayreuth). His research interests lie at the intersection of economics, psychology, and philosophy. In his work, he employs a combination of methods (experimental, philosophical, formal-mathematical, and historical-contextual). This follows Elinor Ostrom’s maxim, which states that the use of multiple research methods is often the most powerful way to study complex social phenomena.


Brian Epstein


Brian Epstein is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He received his PhD in philosophy from Stanford University, his master’s in philosophy from Oxford University, and AB in philosophy from Princeton University. Epstein’s research interests include philosophy of social science, metaphysics, and philosophy of language, focusing in particular on social ontology and the nature of social institutions. He is the author of The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences, winner of the 2016 Lakatos Award and the 2016 Joseph B. Gittler Award, as well as many articles in the field, and is currently co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Social Ontology. Epstein is currently President of the International Social Ontology Society, and is on the board of the International Network of Economic Method. Between degree programs, Epstein worked at a number of technology startups and consulting firms. His webpage is https://epstein.org


Catherine Herfeld


Catherine Herfeld is an assistant professor for Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Social Theory at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is also an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology. Her research interests fall into the fields of philosophy of economics, economic methodology, history of economics, Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (&HPS), and empirical philosophy of science. In her work, she mainly brings an &HPS approach to address philosophical and historical questions about economics, such as how model transfer into and from economics into other domains looks like, the nature of rational choice explanations, the history of rational choice theories, the nature of thought experiments in economics, and the status of first principles in economics, among other issues. She is also interested in diversity issues in the field of economic methodology and conducts empirical research on the underrepresentation of women in philosophy.


Guilhem Lecouteux


Guilhem Lecouteux is Associate Professor of economics at Université Côte d’Azur, and Vice-Dean for international relations of the Graduate School of Economics and Management. His research lies at the intersection of behavioural economics, history of economic thought, and philosophy, and investigates the role of behavioural sciences in the design and justification of public policies. He has published in economics, philosophy, and psychology journals, and has more recently initiated a project in digital health on the prevention of risky behaviours.


Chiara Lisciandra


Chiara Lisciandra is a Humboldt Experienced Research Fellow at the University of Munich. Her research interests are in philosophy of science, economic methodology, and social philosophy. She works on the emergence and development of norms in society, both theoretically and empirically (via formal and agent-based models, laboratory experiments, and survey studies). Next to this, she studies norms in science, in particular the way in which scientists combine their explanatory norms with those from other fields and how this affects the transfer of models across domains. Chiara’s academic website is www.chiaralisciandra.com


Magdalena Małecka


Magdalena Małecka is an Assistant Professor at Aarhus University (Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies) and a Docent at the University of Helsinki. She has undertaken research at i.a. Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Stanford University, Columbia University, Central European University, European University Institute, University of California, Berkeley. Magdalena combines insights from history of economic thought, STS and feminist philosophy of science to develop her philosophical perspective on modern economics. She has published on behavioural public policy and behavioural economics, decision theory, values in economics, economics imperialism, law&economics. Her recent research focuses on the ways in which computer has transformed modern economics and on philosophical implications of this transformation. 


Esther-Mirjam Sent


Esther-Mirjam Sent is a professor of Economic Theory and Policy at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Her research interests include behavioral economics, experimental economics, and economic policy as well as the history and philosophy of economics and the economics of science. Particular points of interest are bounded rationality, emotion, and gender. Esther-Mirjam Sent has studied and worked in the United States. She obtained her doctorate from Stanford University in 1994, under the guidance of Nobel prize winner Kenneth Arrow. Since 2011 she also serves as a member of the Dutch Senate.


Johanna Thoma


Johanna Thoma is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics (LSE), where she has worked since 2016, after completing her PhD at the University of Toronto. She has published widely in economic methodology, decision theory, moral and political philosophy, and philosophy of public policy. Her current core research interestsare attitudes to risk (their representation and normative significance), the methods of behavioural welfare economics, the science-policy interface, and dynamic and long-term decision-making. Next to directing and teaching on the PPE degree at LSE, she has been Teacher Responsible for the LSE’s courses in Philosophy of Economics since 2016.


Melissa Vergara Fernandez


Melissa Vergara Fernández is postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus University’s initiative Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity. Prior to this, she was a Fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy, at Duke University. Her work has focussed on the modelling practices of economics, giving the history of economics a primary role. In her postdoctoral project she is working on the philosophy of science of finance and financial economics. Specifically, she is interested in the ways in which financial economics has characterised financial markets historically and how these have in turn shaped the development of the discipline. On this basis, she is particularly interested in how blockchain technology and the urgency of the energy transition are affecting financial markets and their  characterisation.   She has taught courses in Economic Methodology, Business Ethics, History of Economic Thought, and Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. Between 2015 and 2019 she coordinated INET’s YSI philosophy of economics working group, where she co-organised several workshops and conferences, some in partnership with INEM.


Jack Vromen


Jack Vromen is professor of philosophy at the Erasmus School of Philosophy and Director of the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam). He co-edits with N. Emrah Aydinonat the Journal of Economic Methodology. His research always has been at the intersection of economics and philosophy, with special attention for foundations of evolutionary economics, new institutional economics and neuroeconomics. More recently his research focused on social preferences, to how they could have evolved, what might motivate them and whether their satisfaction should be included in welfare evaluations.

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