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‘Knowledge Lost in Information’ Topic of IBC Bank & Commerce Bank Keynote Speaker Series Oct. 16 at TAMIU Posted: 10/03/19

‘Knowledge Lost in Information’ Topic of IBC Bank & Commerce Bank Keynote Speaker Series Oct. 16 at TAMIU


Dr. Edward Nik-Khah
Dr. Edward Nik-Khah  

How information, a central concept in economics, is treated in modern economics will be the topic explored during the next installation of the IBC Bank and Commerce Bank 2019-2020 Keynote Speaker Series Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Student Center Ballroom.

Dr. Edward Nik-Khah, professor of Economics at Roanoke College, will present his lecture, titled, “The Knowledge We Have Lost In Information.”

Admission is free and open to the public. Translation services, English to Spanish, will be available.

A reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture at 6 p.m.

The lecture is presented by the TAMIU A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade and sponsored by IBC Bank and Commerce Bank.

Economists have responded over time to successive developments on the concept of information in the natural sciences. Dr. Nik-Khah will detail various intellectual battles that were fought to define, analyze, and employ information in economics.

As these debates developed, economists progressively moved away from pure agent conscious self-awareness as a non-negotiable desideratum of economic models toward a focus on markets and their design as information processors. This has led to a number of policies, foremost among them: auction design of resources like the electromagnetic spectrum crucial to modern communications.

Dr. Nik-Khah’s lecture aims to provide insight into the interface between disputes within the economics of discipline and the increasing role of information in contemporary society.

He is coauthor of the books, “The Knowledge We Have Lost in Information” (Oxford University Press, 2017) and “In Search of Media: Markets” (University of Minnesota/Meson Press, 2018), and he coedited “The Contributions of Business to Economics” (Duke University Press, 2017).

Nik-Khah has been a research fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University and the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University. His previous completed research has addressed such topics as the history of information in economics, the commercialization of economics, economics imperialism, the political economy of medicine, and market design. For his work on market design, the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy awarded him the K. William Kapp Prize.

For more information, contact Amy Palacios, associate director, Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, at 326.2820 or or visit offices in Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 221.

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