Toulouse Summer School in Quantitative Social Sciences

Toulouse Summer School in Quantitative Social Sciences

May 30 – June 23, 2023

The summer school will be in-presence only and located in the new TSE building at 1 Esplanade de l’Université, 31000, Toulouse, France.

 

The Toulouse Summer School in Quantitative Social Sciences at Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) offers an interdisciplinary program in economics and the social sciences. The summer school is open to PhD students in economics and other disciplines.

Scholars from TSE and IAST will lead a program offering a variety courses, lectures, and interactive sessions in the following topics:

Part 1 (May 30–June 9, 2023): The evolution of human sociality

Part 2 (June 12–June 23, 2023): Economic and political institutions

Students will be able to claim 3 ECTS credits per part. Students may attend part 1 only, part 2 only, or both parts.

Students attending part 1 (The evolution of human sociality) will have the option to attend the 10th annual IAST Economics and Biology Workshop, and to present a poster during the workshop poster session.

Organizers: Victor Gay (TSE) and Jonathan Stieglitz (IAST)

Summerschool@tse-fr.eu

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The Toulouse Summer School in Quantitative Social Sciences offers a variety of courses taught by recognized experts in their fields. Further details can be found in the summer school brochure. (coming soon)

Part 1 (May 30 – June 9)
The evolution of human sociality

Jonathan Stieglitz, Zoe Purcell, Paul Seabright, Maxime Derex, and Péter Bayer

Week 1:

Day 1: Jonathan Stieglitz

  • Overview of human evolutionary social sciences
  • Social contract theory in light of evolutionary social science
  • Student presentations

Day 2: Jonathan Stieglitz

  • Life History Theory I
  • Life History Theory II
  • Student presentations

Day 3–4: Toulouse Economics and Biology Workshop

Week 2:

Day 1: Jonathan Stieglitz

  • Norm enforcement
  • Complementarity in human families
  • Student presentations

Day 2: Zoe Purcell

  • Reasoning and artificial intelligence
  • Belief updating and misinformation
  • Student presentations

Day 3: Paul Seabright

  • The economic strength of religion in the modern world
  • Religious organizations: business models and impact on beliefs
  • Student presentations

Day 4: Maxime Derex

  • The effects of population size and structure on cumulative cultural evolution
  • Are human population structures especially conducive to cumulative cultural evolution?
  • Student presentations

Day 5: Péter Bayer

  • Introduction to mathematical models of social evolution
  • Indirect reciprocity and institutional sanctioning
  • Student presentations

Part 2 (June 12–June 23)

Economic and political institutions

Alberto Simpser, Patrick Le Bihan, Mate Montenegro, Christophe Lévêque, Sebastian Thieme, Michele Rosenberg, Michael Denly, Karine Van Der Straeten, and Anne Degrave

Week 1:

Day 1: Alberto Simpser

  • Electoral preferences and behavior
  • Student presentations (with Alberto Simpser and Sebastian Thieme)

Day 2: Alberto Simpser

  • Non-electoral participation: protests and social mobilization
  • Student presentations (with Alberto Simpser and Michele Rosenberg)

Day 3: Alberto Simpser

  • Prejudice, polarization, and interventions to reduce them
  • Student presentations (with Alberto Simpser and Sebastian Thieme)

Day 4: Patrick le Bihan

  • How to Think about Elections
  • Student presentations (with Patrick le Bihan and Sebastian Thieme)

Day 5: Patrick le Bihan

  • Political Economy of Mass Media
  • Student presentations (with Patrick le Bihan and Michele Rosenberg)

Week 2:

Day 1: Mateo Montenegro

  • Corruption and Development: The Consequences
  • Student presentations (with Mateo Montenegro and Michael Denly)

Day 2: Mateo Montenegro

  • Corruption and Development: The Causes
  • Student presentations (with Mateo Montenegro and Michael Denly)

Day 3: Christophe Lévêque

  • The origin of democracy
  • Student presentations (with Christophe Lévêque and Karine Van Der Straeten)

Day 4: Christophe Lévêque

  • Family and politics
  • Student presentations (with Christophe Lévêque and Karine Van Der Straeten)

Day 5: Mateo Montenegro

  • Corruption and Development: The Fight Against Corruption
  • Student presentations (with Mateo Montenegro and Anne Degrave)

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275 euros for the whole program. 

Waiver and funding: All students will be provided with university accommodation on site throughout the length of the program they are registered for. PhD students in other disciplines than economics will further have their registration fees waived and their travel expenses funded.

 

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Application deadline

Early applications are encouraged and will be given priority in the event of excess demand.

  • Deadline: February 10, 2023

The following documents are required to apply:

  • CV
  • Copy of most advanced degree
  • Proof of of student status
  • Short (maximum 1 page) cover letter describing why you are applying (for example, what you hope to learn from the summer school), and how your background can contribute to an interdisciplinary setting
  • Recommendation letter (optional), to be sent to summerschool.application[a]tse-fr.eu

Applicants should specify if they will attend part 1, part 2, or both.

Applications are to be made on the TSE platform : click here to apply

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