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1st International Conference on “Cliometrics and Complexity”

The main goal of this conference is to stimulate new approaches to Cliometrics.
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When Jun 09, 2016 09:00 to
Jun 10, 2016 05:00
Where ENS de Lyon, site Descartes, Room F 008
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We are very pleased to announce the 1st international conference on “Cliometrics and Complexity” (CAC) organized by the CAC Team hosted by IXXI, the Complex Systems Institute in Rhône-Alpes ( Given the multidisciplinary dimension involved in the project, the conference will be devoted to recent developments of complexity in economics, finance and history.

This conference will take place on the 9-10 June 2016, at the “Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon”, campus Descartes, 15 Parvis René Descartes, 69007 Lyon, France (F 008). The conference will include plenary sessions with Keynote Speakers and several contributed communications. The present Open-Call is an invitation to submit proposals for contributed papers or sessions.



  • Deadline for submission: March 11, 2016 / Online submission form
  • Decision to the authors : 8 Avril 2016
  • Deadline for Registration: 14 mai 2016

Call for Papers: Complex Dynamics in Economics, Finance and History

The main goal of this conference is to stimulate new approaches to Cliometrics. The interaction between Cliometrics and Complexity raises at least 4 types of issues:

  • Methodological issues, i.e. questions related to the choice of relevant and useful tools and methods.

  • Epistemological issues, i.e. questions that are linked to the way researchers conceive their objects of research and the paradigms attached to them.

  • Issues related to the heuristic scope of these alternative approaches to economic and social systems. More specifically, one of the key questions is how these new approaches enrich our understanding of some key features of these complex systems, such as complex causality, path dependency and irreversibility, emergent properties or self-organization; issues that are not necessarily seized by standard tools and methods.

  • Finally it questions our capacity of producing models which are able to provide relevant prospective and useful expertise to policy-makers.

We want to promote collaborations between disciplines such as Cliometrics, Econometrics, Economic History, History, Social Science, Physics, Mathematics, Information, Data and Computational sciences. We think that the methodological exchanges between different academic fields are fundamentally beneficial for a renewed understanding of the underlying dynamics of historical and social systems and will enrich our knowledge of the past. For example, regarding the methodological aspects, the recent burst in the study of non-linear and/or non-stationary dynamics has led to a significant number of innovative approaches attempting to explain observed deviations from usual properties such as normality, simple correlations.

Regarding the topics, and without any exclusive, the monetary and financial history offers a rich field of investigation for testing tools from complexity. Indeed, history offers us many examples of financial market imperfections, nonlinearities, bubbles, anomalies. Applying these new tools to the understanding of large-scale crises should not be limited to financial and monetary aspects: A session or papers addressing epistemological and methodological aspects of complexity in Cliometrics would be welcome as well as complex approaches to alternative measurement of well-being and human capital. Any paper trying to address cliometrics of growth and development as complex systems evolving through the interaction of numerous factors as inequalities, path dependency, public debt are encouraged. How complex approaches in Cliometrics can enrich our understanding of economic systems, structures, institutions and government, and question standard assumptions and axioms in economics (equilibrium, maximization principle, optimality, efficiency, etc.)?

Papers or Sessions may involve topics including but not limited to: Money and Finance, Crises, Economic Growth and Development, Inequalities, Institutions, Historical Economics, Econometrics, Economic or Financial complexity, Social science. Insights from epistemological, methodological and heuristic views are equally welcome. Tools may come from fields such as Econophysics, Statistics, Non-linear Dynamics, Chaos, Non-stationary signal processing, Complex networks, Information theory, Random matrix theory, Multi-Agent modeling, Causality measurements,... with no limitation either.


Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers have been chosen by the organizing Committee to represent different approaches. We have the great pleasure to announce the presence of the following leading scholars:

  • Prof. Steven Durlauf (Univ. of Maddison, USA)  / Field: complexity economics
  • Prof. Alan Kirman (Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France) / Field: Computational Economics 
  • Prof. Michael Bordo (Rutgers Univ. and NBER, USA) / Field: monetary and financial cliometrics 
  • Prof. Geoffrey Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire, UK) / Field: Institutional economics
  • Pr Jean-Philippe Bouchaud (Capital Fund Management) / Field: Statistical Physics


PROGRAM Committee:

  • Jean-Pascal BASSINO (IAO)
  • Guillaume BESLON (Liris)
  • Pierre BORGNAT (CNRS)
  • Fredj JAWADI (Univ. of Evry)
  • Pablo JENSEN (CNRS)
  • Catherine KYRTSOU (Univ. of Macedonia)
  • Pierre LEVIAUX (ISH)
  • Stéphane LOISEL (ISFA)
  • Antoine PARENT (IEP Lyon)

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