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Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT)

The Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) is an organization devoted to encouraging and fostering the development of institutional thought in extension and modification of the contributions of Thorstein Veblen, John Dewey, Clarence Ayres, John Commons, Wesley Mitchell and others.  They offer their ideas and the ideas of other Institutionalists as a basis for inquiry into the interrelationships of society.  AFIT was officially organized on April 27, 1979 at the 21st annual conference of the Western Social Science Association.

Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) 2017 Call for Papers

  The 38th Annual Meeting of AFIT is scheduled to take place on April 12-15, 2017 in San Francisco, California, at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in conjunction with the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) 59th Annual Conference.

Conference Theme:

Institutions: the Cause of, and Solution to, all our Economic and Social Problems?


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Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT)

2016 Program as of 3/4/16


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The 37th Annual Meeting of AFIT took place on April 13-16, 2016 in Reno, Nevada, at the Grand Sierra Resort in conjunction with the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) 58th Annual Conference.
Conference Theme:
Social Innovation & Social Impact: From Institutional Theory to Policy and Practice
At the 2016 Annual Meeting of AFIT, 22 conference sessions addressed the application of institutionalist theory to policy and practice, with special emphasis on social innovation and social impact.  Social, cultural, political, and economic institutions of all types shape economic behavior and outcomes. These institutions are not indigenous; exhibiting agency as actors, people create and re-create households, government bodies, non-governmental organizations, social enterprises, small businesses, corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, places of worship, cooperatives, novel forms of money, community-based organizations, laws, public-private partnerships, as well as numerous other institutions. People can therefore lead and further efforts toward progressive social change by reforming existing institutions or creating new ones to bolster desirable social impact. Our conference theme encourages work on social innovation: the development and implementation of new or improved solutions to a social problem which are more effectual, sustainable, and fair than the status quo.


Eleventh Annual Student Scholars Competition Awardees

The Association for Institutional Thought is proud to announce the winners of the Eleventh Student Scholars Award Competition.  This competition seeks to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research topics in the field of Evolutionary-Institutional Economics.

Mila Malyshava
A Different Kind of Transition: A Heterodox Analysis of the Post-Soviet Transition in Belarus

Ali Jalali
Miller Cedar Spartan Spy: Warren J. Samuels and the Institutional Reprieve of the Coase Theorem

Heidie George
Economic Model Analysis and Economic Thought: Effect of Social Relations on Model Analysis