‘When models become market infrastructure’ by Taylor Spears

When mathematical models are adopted into new fields, actors within those fields tend to modify them in order to ensure their fit with local practices and infrastructures through a process of ‘translation’. The translation of specific models has been studied, but we know little about how the translation of models into field-specific infrastructures shapes subsequent […]

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Cinema, Finance & Society
The Afterlives of Finance Film in the Digital Public Sphere by Constantin Parvulescu

“Once upon a time Wall Street became a favorite subject for Hollywood. After the 2007-2008 crisis, both fiction and documentary films in the US and Europe explored finance with high interest. They earned Oscars, festival awards, and critical acclaim. Their content impacted the public sphere and created a valuable archive for understanding global finance.However, as […]

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Financial markets: are they epistemically efficient? by Lisa H. Herzog

The Efficient Market Hypothesis popularized the picture according to which financial markets are real-time mirrors of the economy. They are automatically epistemically efficient because all epistemic inefficiencies would be removed by savvy arbitrageurs by incorporating all publicly available knowledge. This would justify the financial market’s central role in economic and public life.Lisa argues against this […]

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Finance, Law, and Sustainability: the EU sustainable finance action plan by Boudewijn de Bruin

Finance, law, and sustainability are more and more interconnected. When law takes over, important questions must be asked. What is the power of legislation and litigation, and what legal instruments and tactics are appropriate? Boudewijn will zoom in on legislative initiatives around sustainable finance deriving from the Action Plan Financing Sustainable Growth published by the European Commission […]

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Boudewijn de Bruin

Finance, law, and sustainability are more and more interconnected. When law takes over, important questions must be asked. What is the power of legislation and litigation, and what legal instruments and tactics are appropriate? Boudewijn will zoom in on legislative initiatives around sustainable finance deriving from the Action Plan Financing Sustainable Growth published by the European Commission […]

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‘Taking the floor’ by D. Beunza

Modelling and governing finance are not two separate things. This is one of the main lessons that the sociology and the nascent philosophy of finance have taught us. The powerful interrelation between the models, the behavior, and the organization of financial markets is the focus of Daniel Beunza’s book Taking the Floor: Models, Morals, and Management in a […]

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Daniel Beunza

This meeting of the Phinance Online Seminars will discuss Daniel’s book with contributions from Donald MacKenzie (Edinburgh), Katherine K. Chen (CUNY), José Ossandón (Copenhagen Business School), Michael Barzelay (LSE), and Daniel himself, which will be followed by an open debate. 17:00 CET, 13 October 2021

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‘Trading at the speed of light’ by D. Mackenzie

Finance is inextricably linked to technological innovation. Not only does it constantly look for innovative companies to invest in, or technological innovations to give it a competitive advantage, but it is itself one of humanity’s foremost technological innovations. Present-day finance is the outcome of two fundamental technological innovations: money and machines. With the information revolution, […]

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Donald Mackenzie’s new book

The first of the Phinance Online Seminars will discuss Donald Mackenzie’s book with contributions from Daniel Beunza, Bo Hee Min, Christian Borch, Robert Seyfert, and Donald himself, which will be followed by an open debate. Save the date 17:00 CET, 21 June 2021

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