USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking

The USC Dornsife INET is a new economic research institute in the Economics Department at the University of Southern California. The Institute is funded jointly by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and USC Dornsife. It is inspired by the increasing awareness that the analysis of economic problems can no longer be based on idealized concepts of representative agents and competitive markets alone. New tools from decision theory under uncertainty and the theory of networks are needed if we are to address problems of globalization, unemployment, increased economic inequalities, the financial crises, and regulation of financial institutions. Standard economic theorizing alone cannot succeed and must be augmented with the analysis of disaggregated transaction data, as well as experimental and survey data on individual behavior and their interactions. 


Institute News & Links of Interest

Conference on "Oil, Middle East, and the Global Economy"

We invite you to participate in the conference on "Oil, Middle East, and the Global Economy", held on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 2016 on the main campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Visit the conference website for more information:

New Article on Iran Post-Sanctions

Director Hashem Pesaran has published a new magazine article on the Iranian economy post-sanctions. The article is entitled "Sanctions Were not the Only Problem" and appreased in the International Finance Magazine. CLICK HERE to view the article. 

Replication Workshop with Richard Ball, Johannes Pfeifer, Edward Miguel, Jan H. Höffler, and Thomas Herndon

Offered by the Young Scholar Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking
January 6 – 7, San Francisco, Mozilla Science Lab

For more information, visit

Call for Papers: 3rd Annual IAAE Conference 2016

Following the success of the last two Annual Conferences of the International Association for Applied Econometrics, the Third Annual Conference will be held at the University of Milan-Bicocca in Milan (Italy), on June 22-25, 2016. For more information, please CLICK HERE to view the annoucement or visit

INET Conference on Networks

USC Dornsife INET invites you to participate in the "INET Conference on Networks". The conference will be held on Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 212015 on the main campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. You can find more information on the conference website:

USC Dornsife INET Appoints New Research Associate Fellows

The Institute has launched a distinguished Associate Fellow program, established in an effort to advance the creation of research networks across different fields of specialization. This past summer, 17 faculty members were appointed to serve in the role of USC Dornsife INET Associate Fellows. To view the Associate Fellows and find out more information, visit 

Upcoming Events

Fall 2016 Seminar Series - Confirmed Speakers

Joris Pinkse (Penn State)

Tuesday, September 13th (4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Tong Li (Vanderbilt University)

Tuesday, October 18th (4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Nobuhiro Kiyotaki (Princeton University)

Tuesday, November 29th (4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

CLICK HERE for more information on previous seminars.

Events Calendar

View the USC Dornsife INET Calendar to find out about upcoming events. 

USC Dornsife INET Working Paper Series

To view the working papers in our SSRN series CLICK HERE

"Recent Developments in China Financial Sector" Conference Pictures - February 2015

  • USC Dornsife INET