Society of Socio-Economists
Annual Meeting Program

New York City 

Thursday, January 2,  2014

"Socio-Economics: Changing the Economic Debate:

The Ethical Foundation for Economic Analysis"

New York Hiltown Midtown
Concourse B, Concourse Level



Society of Socio-Economists
Annual Conference
Thursday, January 2, 2014
9:00 a..m. 
- 5:30 p.m. 

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New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, NY 10019-6012


New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, NY 10019-6012

Luncheon Speaker:

    Lloyd Jeffry Dumas
(Economics, Political |and Policy Sciences
Univ. of Texas-Dallas)

  "Structuring Economic Relationships to Keep the Peace"

Thursday, January 2, 2014
12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.


  Ccncluding Plenary 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m    

"Changing the Economic Debate:
The Ethical Foundation
for Economic Analysis"

David Cay Johnston
Pullitzer Prize-Winning Correspondent

Syracuse Univeesity



What is the
Society of Socio-Economists?

The Society of Socio-Economists (SOS) is a society of law teachers, teachers of economics and other disciplines, and other professionals and interested people who approach economic issues in harmony with the "Statement of Socio-Economic Principles."   (Please see below, right column,)

SOS holds an annual meeting in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in coordination with the AALS Section on Socio-Economics.  For the AALS Section on Socio-Economics Newsletter, showing the Section's 2014 Annual Meeting Program, click here.

There is no fee to become a member of SOS.  However, there is a registration fee (usually $75, which can be reduced or waived) to attend its Annual Meeting. There is also a luncheon fee dependent on the price of the hotel or restaurant at which the luncheon is held.  It is not necessary to buy lunch to attend the luncheon address.

Planning for the January 2, 2014, SOS Annual meeting is still in progress. Persons interested in participating and/or attending should contact Robert Ashford (See below.)


Robert Ashford
Professor of Law
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, New York 13244
Tel.  (w)  (315) 443-1111
Tel.  (c)   (315) 677-4680


P a r t i c i p a n t s

Robert Ackerman (Wayne State)
Michael Ambrosio (Seton Hall)
Robert Ashford  (Syracuse)
Janet Dewart Bell 
  (Mrs. Derrick Bell)
Bill Black (Missouri - Kansas City)
Joseph Blasi (Rutgers)
Mercer Bullard (Mississippi) 
June Carbone (Minnesota)
Harold Channer 
  (Manhattan Neighborhood Network)
Lloyd Jeffry Dumas
  (Economic, Political and
  Policy Sciences, Texas-Dallas)
Teresa Nelson Dumas 
  (Economists for Peace and Security)
Andrea Freeman (Hawaii)
Richard Gershon (Dean, Mississippi)
Sidney Greenfield 
  (Anthropology, Wisconsin, Emeritus)
Kristin Johnson (Seton Hall)
David Cay Johnston (Syracuse)
Tayyab Mahmud (Seattle)
Michael Malloy (McGeorge)
Stefan Padfield (Akron)
Richard Peltz-Steele (Massachusetts)
Tracy Porter (Cal. Western) 
Robert Prasch (Economics, Middlebury)
Michael Risinger (Seton Hall)
Falguni A. Sheth (Hampshire College)
Lucy Webster (Director 
  Economists for Peace and Security)
Johnanne Winchester 
 (Unites Nations Liaison)



 Featured Participants

Robert Ashford
Co-Author of Binary Economics: The New Paradigm
Syracuse University

Janet Dewart Bell
(Ms. Derrick Bell)

William Black
Author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One

Ph. D., Criminology. - Law and Economics University of Missouri-KC

Joseph Blasi
Author of The Citizen's Share
J. Robert Beyster Professor of Employee Stock Ownership,
Rutgers University

June Carbone
Author of Red Families vs. Blue Families
University of Minnesota

Lloyd Jeffry Dumas
Author of The Peace Keeping Economy
School of Economics, Political and Policy Sciences
University of Texas - Dallas

Ralph Hall
Co-Author of  Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development
Virginia Tech School of Policy and International Affairs

David Cay Johnston 
 Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist 
Author of The Fine Print:
How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind
Syracuse University, College of Law & College of Business Administration

Michael Malloy

Author of Anatomy of a Meltdown 
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Robert Prasch
Economics, Middlebury Colllege

 Lucy Law Webster
Director -  Economists for Peace and Security

 Johnanne Winchester
United Nations Liaison

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Society of Socio-Economists
Annual Meeting Program
Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thursday,  January 2, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.       Plenary Session 
Topics to be discussed include...
  1.    Socio-Economic Theory
    Sustainable Economic Recovery and Growth
  3.    Ownership and Wealth Distribution 
  4.    Race, Gender, and Class 

  5.    Corporate  Fiduciary Duties, Social Responsibility, and  Governance
  6.    Regulation:  Theory and Practical Effect 
  7.    Economics of War and Peace

  8.   Tax Policy
  9.   Positive and Ethical  Dimensions of Economic Analysis

12:00   -  1:15  p.m.   Luncheon Speaker
                     Lloyd Jeffry Dumas (Economics, Texas)

                      "Stopping Conflict Short of War: 
           Principles for Structuring Economic Relationships 
                                  to Keep the Peace"

1:30   -   2:45  p.m.   Concurrent Sessions 
                                    (Based on Plenary Topics)

3:00   -   4:15  p.m.   Concurrent Sessions 
                                   (Based on Plenary Topics)

4:30   -  5:30  p.m.   Conluding Plenary

                              "Changing the Debate: 
              The Ethical Foundation for Economic Analysis"

                                  David Cay Johnson
                     Pulitzer Prize Winning Correspondent



 Statement of Socio-Economics Principles

Socio-economics begins with the assumption that economic behavior and phenomena are not wholly governed or described by any one analytical discipline, but are embedded in society, polity, culture, and nature.  Drawing upon economics, sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, biology and other social and natural sciences, philosophy, history, law, management, and other disciplines, socio-economics regards competitive behavior as a subset of human behavior within a societal and natural context that both enables and constrains competition and cooperation.  Rather than assume that the individual pursuit of self-interest automatically or generally tends toward an optimal allocation of resources, socio-economics assumes that societal sources of order are necessary for people and markets to function efficiently.  Rather than assume that people act only rationally, or that they pursue only self-interest, socio-economics seeks to advance a more encompassing interdisciplinary understanding of economic behavior open to the assumption that individual choices are shaped not only by notions of rationality but also by emotions, social bonds, beliefs, expectations, and a sense of morality.

Socio-economics is both a positive and a normative science. It is dedicated to the empirical, reality testing approach to knowledge.  It respects both inductive and deductive reasoning.  But it also openly recognizes the policy relevance of teaching and research and seeks to be self-aware of its normative implications rather than maintaining the mantle of an exclusively positive science.  Although it sees questions of value inextricably connected with individual and group economic choices, socio-economics does not entail a commitment to any one paradigm or ideological position, but is open to a range of thinking that treats economic behavior as involving the whole person and all facets of society within a continually evolving natural context.

Unique among interdisciplinary approaches, however, socio-economics recognizes the pervasive and powerful influence of the neoclassical paradigm on contemporary thought.  Recognizing that people first adopt paradigms of thought and then perform their inductive, deductive, and empirical analyses, socio-economists seek to examine the assumptions of the neoclassical paradigm, develop a rigorous understanding of its limitations, improve upon its application, and develop alternative, perhaps complementary, approaches that are predictive, exemplary, and morally sound. (For a fuller description of socio-economics, see