Welcome to the Center on Capitalism and Society
In response, the Center on Capitalism and Society is endeavoring to build a modern economics of the workings of modern economies – how they get their dynamism, how they promote economic inclusion and how the imperfect knowledge on which they operate opens them to healthy booms yet also to unhealthy booms and ensuing slumps. (See our Mission statement.) On these questions, work at the Center has already produced insights over this decade.
In its early years, following America's brilliant innovation and joyous boom of the late 1990s, the Center saw modern capitalism to be the exemplar of economic dynamism. The recent crisis may not alter that judgment yet it has cast light on ways in which the financial sector may have diminished the economy’s dynamism and exacerbated the economy's speculative excesses. The Center has been studying a restructure of the financial sector that would make it less accommodative and less vulnerable to speculative swings and make it once again a key contributor to the dynamism and inclusion of the business sector.
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The Center's 11th Annual Conference, "Dynamism and Innovation in the West: Has a Decline Set In?," was held on September 16, 2013 at Columbia University. For papers, presentations, and photos, click here.
On Sunday, May 5th, the Center on Capitalism and Society and Columbia University's Department of Religion held a joint conference celebrating the 200th birthday of the great Danish thinker, Søren Kierkegaard. For more information, including videos of each of the day's discussions, please click here.
On March 18, the Center on Capitalism and Society and New Huadu Business School presented a joint conference entitled "China's Next Decade," which brought together a number of the world's best economic thinkers for discussions of China's economic future.
Edmund Phelps, Director
Mark C. Taylor
Saifedean H. Ammous
Hian Teck Hoon
Juan V. Sola
Tor Vergata Economics Foundation
Center on Law and Economics, University of Buenos Aires
New Huadu Economics and Management Institute