Making sense of chaos: a better economics for a better world
We live in an age of increasing complexity, where accelerating technology and global interconnection hold more promise – and more peril – than any other time in human history.

The fossil fuels that have powered global wealth creation now threaten to destroy the world they helped build. Automation and digitisation promise prosperity for some, unemployment for others. Financial crises fuel growing inequality, polarisation and the retreat of democracy. At heart, all these problems are rooted in the economy, yet the guidance provided by economic models has often failed.

Using big data and ever more powerful computers, we are now able for the first time to apply complex systems science to economic activity, building realistic models of the global economy. The resulting simulations and the emergent behaviour we observe form the cornerstone of the science of complexity economics, allowing us to test ideas and make significantly better economic predictions – to better address the hard problems facing the world.

In this talk Doyne Farmer, author of Making Sense of Chaos: A Better Economics for a Better World presents a manifesto for how to do economics better. He will fuse his profound knowledge and expertise with stories from his life to explain how we can bring a scientific revolution to bear on the economic conundrums facing society.

This is a joint event with INET Oxford.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception, all welcome.


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Date: 2 May 2024, 17:00 (Thursday, 2nd week, Trinity 2024)
Venue: Lecture Theatre (and Online)
Speaker: Professor Doyne Farmer (INET Oxford)
Organising department: Oxford Martin School
Organisers: INET Oxford (University of Oxford), Oxford Martin School (University of Oxford)
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Part of: Oxford Martin School Events
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Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editors: Clara Bowyer, Hannah Mitchell