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The Political Economy of Alternative Realities

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 5:40 pm – 7:20 pm

Adam Szeidl:

is an applied microeconomist who has done research on the economics of networks, international trade, behavioral economics and consumption. Prior to joining CEU in 2011, Adam was associate professor of economics at UC-Berkeley. Adam got his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 2004, and his MA in economics from Central European University in 2000.


Misbeliefs about climate change, Covid, the fairness of the 2020 US elections, etc., are widespread, and combine into a semi-coherent alternative reality rife with conspiracy theories. Why do beliefs in such alternative realities emerge and persist, and what can we do about them?