Sam Bowles (image: Kate Joyce for SFI)

SFI Professor Samuel Bowles was recently recognized as a Fellow of the International Economics Association. According to IEA, the award is given “to recognize excellence in economic research, research-driven popular writing, and economic policymaking.” 

Bowles has taught economics since 1965, first at Harvard University and then at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Siena. He is the author of The Moral Economy: Why Good Laws are No Substitute for Good Citizens (Yale University Press, 2016), A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and its Evolution (with Herbert Gintis, Princeton University Press, 2011), and Microeconomics: Competition, Conflict, and Cooperation (with Simon Halliday, Oxford University Press, 2022). He is also a contributor to the CORE Econ Project, which creates free online introductory courses. Bowles describes the courses as “economics with an SFI accent.” He co-founded CORE with SFI External Professor Wendy Carlin, who was named vice president of the IEA this past December.

Founded in 1950 by Joseph Schumpeter, IEA works to foster relationships among economists around the world. SFI is also connected to IEA through former SFI Science Board Member and External Professor Kenneth Arrow, who served as the IEA president from 1983 to 1986, and SFI Science Board Fellow Eric Maskin, who is now President-Elect of the IEA.