The UK input-output network, showing the complexity of interconnections between industries and consumers.

July 31st - August 2nd, 2023


The global economy is undergoing a series of structural transformations including the transition to net-zero due to climate change, technological change, demographic change, and shifting balances of economic power.  These structural changes raise critical issues of economic justice and political economy, and have contributed to political polarization.  Complexity economics is increasingly providing new ways of understanding these problems.  This workshop will review these applications, discuss how they can be expanded and identify new avenues of research.

For this meeting we will issue a call for papers and gather the best new work in this field.  We will also have a few invited talks.  These new results will be presented, along with a discussion. Participants for the working group will be drawn from a range of social, behavioral, and physical science disciplines.  A significant proportion of the participants will be early career scholars. Outputs will include original research papers and perspective papers. Original research papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, while perspective papers will be gathered in a volume to be titled “The Economy as an Evolving Complex System, Part IV”.

Deadline for submitting papers: April 15th, 2023. Funding is available to cover travel and lodging of presenting authors who cannot cover their costs. 

Conference organizers and guest editors 

Jenna Bednar (University of Michigan)

Eric Beinhocker (University of Oxford)

Maria del Rio Chanona (Complexity Science Hub Vienna)

J. Doyne Farmer (University of Oxford)

Jagoda Kaszowska (Bank of Poland)

François Lafond (University of Oxford)

Penny Mealy (World Bank)

Marco Pangallo (CENTAI)

Confirmed participants

W. Brian Arthur (Xerox PARC)

Robert Axtell (George Mason University)

Alexandra Brintrup (University of Cambridge)

Marion Dumas (London School of Economics)

Cars Hommes (University of Amsterdam)

David McMillon (Emory University)

Jose Moran (University of Oxford)

Anton Pichler (Complexity Science Hub Vienna)

Tony Pipa (Brookings Institute)

Alissa Kleinnijenhuis (Stanford University)

Tino Cuellar (Carnagie Endowment for International Peace)

Scott Page (University of Michigan)

Geoffrey West (Santa Fe Institute)

Vicky Yang (MIT)

Muhammed Yildrim (MIT)