Samuel Bowles

Samuel Bowles is theArthur Spiegel Research Professor and Director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has been a Fulbright, Ford, and Guggenheim Fellow. Professor Bowles earned his B.A. in Economic and Political Institutions from Yale University and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

His research interests include the co-evolution of preferences, institutions and behavior, with emphasis on the modeling and empirical study of cultural evolution as well as the causes and consequences of economic inequality, with emphasis on the relationship between wealth inequalities, incomplete contracts, and governance of economic transactions in firms, markets, families and communities.

Representative Publications

Belloc, Marianna, and Samuel Bowles. “Persistence and Change in Culture and Institutions under Autarchy, Trade, and Factor Mobility.” American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 9.4 (2017): 245-76.

Hwang, Sung-Ha, and Samuel Bowles. “Optimal Incentives with State‐Dependent Preferences.” Journal of Public Economic Theory 16.5 (2014): 681-705.

Bowles, Samuel, Alan Kirman, and Rajiv Sethi. “Retrospectives: Friedrich Hayek and the Market Algorithm.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 31.3 (2017): 215-30.

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