The decision theoretic foundations of rational economic behaviour, institutional - and other - economic evolution in semi-decomposable systems, human and machine problem-solving by information processing systems, modelling the logic of discovery in Peircean (anti-Popperian), retroductive modes, and theorising about causality were among some of the many pioneering research themes to which Herbert A. Simon contributed as no other economist did. As distinct from "modern" behavioural economics, furthermore, Simon's work is rigorously and essentially cognitive, experimentally, and computationally - in the precise sense of computability theory - underpinned.
We derive our inspiration to investigate and, hopefully, contribute to these themes with the aim to allow several scholars to further pursue, strengthen, and develop this research field within the scientific community, in order to widen its scope by bringing in new research questions and applications, and to provide further insights into economics in the perspective of rationality, decision-making, and complexity. More specifically, we wonder which rationality and decision-making should be encompassed within economics?
Indeed, although significant progress has been made in recent years due to - among others - the combination of the proliferation of data, the decreasing costs of computing, and the first tentative steps made by economics into cognitive sciences, there is still a lot to learn and several faults to be investigated. Therefore, Decision Economics is intended to bring together leading scientists and practitioners to further investigate social science, cognitive science, and computer science as if it was an interdisciplinary research field in order to address, from the perspective of their own research, their relationships as they have not yet been completely understood and recognised in the social sciences.
Decision Economics is a growing field of research which has been given much attention by several scholars in recent decades. The recent negative economic and financial events, which have hit the world economies in the last decade, call for new and innovative studies mainly in economics, business and finance, involving different research fields such as Economics, Psychology, or strictly related social sciences, leading source for original research on the interplay of those fields within Artificial Intelligence. The organisers and chairs of DECON strongly believe that this is a moral duty, as well as a scientific duty, for a prudent and wise economist aware of the complexity of the real world in which he/she lives and works in the Third Millennium. Indeed, the combination of economics and decision sciences is a field of studies which proves to be useful and, thus, should be fostered to academicians and practitioners interested in the application of quantitative and behavioural methods to the problems of society. The special session focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of economic analysis and policies within several major areas. Hence, papers are invited for the following areas of special interest which include but are not limited to:
The aim of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide a frame where students can present their on going research work and meet other students and researchers, and obtain feedback on future research directions.
The Doctoral Consortium is intended for students who have a specific research proposal and some preliminary results, but who are still far from completing their dissertation.
All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Consortium will undergo a thorough reviewing process with the aim to provide detailed and constructive feedback. The accepted submissions will be presented at the Doctoral Consortium and published in the conference proceedings.
All papers must be formatted according to the AISC template, with a maximum length of 8 pages (4 pages in Doctoral Consortium), including figures and references:
All proposed papers must be submitted in electronic form (PDF format) using the DECON conference management system.
DECON welcomes the submission of application papers with preference to the topics listed in the call for papers. All submitted papers will undergo a thorough review process; each paper will be refereed by at least three experts in the field based on relevance, originality, significance, quality and clarity.
Accepted papers will be included in DECON Proceedings, published by Springer.
At least one of the authors will be required to register and attend the symposium to present the paper in order to include the paper in the conference proceedings. All accepted papers will be published by Springer Verlag.
Authors of selected papers from DECON will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to special issue in diffetent journals.