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Automation and the Future of Work: Insights from Economics and Catholic Social Thought

Thu, Apr 29 at 2:00pm
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Edward HadasBlackfriars Hall, Oxford University

William R. Hauk Jr.University of South Carolina

Christos MakridisNational Artificial Intelligence Institute

Luis ValenzuelaAustral University of Chile

Carola BinderHaverford College

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Free and open to the public. This event will be held online through Zoom (registration required) and live-streamed to YouTube. This event is co-presented with CREDO.

Edward Hadas is a Research Scholar at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, as well as a Fellow at the Institute of Human Ecology, Catholic University of America and a Visiting Senior Fellow for the School of Management and Social Sciences, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK. Educated at Columbia University, Oxford University and the State University of New York at Binghamton, he worked for many years as a financial analyst and then as a journalist, mostly at Reuters Breakingviews but also for one year as Assistant Editor of the Lex column of the Financial Times. His book, Counsels of Imperfection: Thinking through Catholic Social Teaching was published by Catholic University of America Press in 2020. Human Goods, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science was published by ISIS books in 2007 An article “Three Rival Versions of Monetary Enquiry: Symbol, Treasure and Token” was published in New Blackfriars in 2020. He lives in Oxford, UK.  


William R. Hauk, Jr. is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, where he arrived after receiving a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in California and a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  He regularly teaches international trade, intermediate macroeconomics, and managerial economics at the undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral level. His research interests focus primarily on issues of political economy and their impact on a country’s international trade preferences and economic growth prospects. Some of his research papers have been published in the Journal of Economic Growth, Economics and Politics, and the Journal of Macroeconomics.  He has also been involved with CREDO and Lumen Christi since attending their Economics and Catholic Social Thought workshop in Rome during the Summer of 2018.


Christos Makridis serves as a Senior Adviser at the National Artificial Intelligence Institute in the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Research Professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business in Arizona State University, a Digital Fellow at the Initiative at the Digital Economy in the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Digital Fellow at the Digital Economy Lab in Stanford University, a Non-resident Fellow at the Institute for Religious Studies at Baylor University, a Senior Adviser at Gallup, a Non-resident Research Scientist at Datacamp, a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and policy adviser. Christos previously served on the White House Council of Economic Advisers managing the cybersecurity, technology, and space activities, as a Non-resident Fellow at the Cyber Security Project in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and as an entrepreneur and adviser. Christos earned a Bachelor’s in Economics and Minor in Mathematics at Arizona State University, as well as dual Masters and PhDs in Economics and Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.


Luis Valenzuela is Associate Professor of the Institute of Economics at the Universidad Austral de Chile. His research interests include inequality, technological change, productivity, labour markets, as well as philosophy and methodology of economics. He received his PhD in Economics from University of Oxford, where he is currently a Associate Member of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He has been a consultant for the World Economic Forum. Professor Valenzuela is a lifelong Catholic and a member of CREDO. He attended the 2019 CST training camp in Jerusalem, organised by CREDO.


Carola Binder is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Haverford College. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, a member of the CEPR Central Bank Communication Research and Policy Network, and on the advisory panel of CREDO. She has published research on central banking and inflation expectations in journals including the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Explorations in Economic History, and Economic Inquiry. She is a Catholic homeschooling mother of four.