"Living Better Together" — On Culture and Economics

On this episode of the Hayek Program Podcast, we continue the Living Better Together miniseries, featuring select authors of Living Better Together: Social Relations and Economic Governance in the Work of Ostrom and Zelizer (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023) and hosted by its coeditor, Stefanie Haeffele.

Joining us today are Carolina Dalla Chiesa and Crystal Dozier. Together, they mesh Ostrom and Zelizer’s approaches and highlight the importance of using interdisciplinary methods to better understand economic exchanges. Carolina focuses on the symbolic meanings of money and economic governance, while Crystal explores archaeological studies of non-market societies. They both articulate how their unique backgrounds and research focus contribute to a richer dialogue between economic sociology and institutional economics.

Carolina Dalla Chiesa is Assistant Professor of Cultural Economics and Organizations in the Department of Arts and Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is currently a Mercatus James Buchanan fellow. Check out her chapter, “‘Circuits of Commons’: Exploring the Connections Between Economic Lives and the Commons.

Crystal Dozier is Associate Professor and Archaeologist in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wichita State University. She is an alum of the Mercatus Adam Smith Fellowship. Check out her chapter, “Testing Circuits of Commerce in the Distant Past: Archaeological Understandings of Social Relationships and Economic Lives.

References: Virgil Henry Storr’s Understanding the Culture of Markets, Daniel K. Richter’s Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America, and Hans Abbing’s Why Are Artists Poor?: The Exceptional Economy of the Arts.

About Hayek Program Podcast

The Hayek Program Podcast includes audio from lectures, interviews, and discussions of scholars and visitors from the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.