Abigail Devereaux

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Complex Systems Summer School 2016

Abigail Devereaux, George Mason University

Abigail Devereaux is a second-year PhD student at George Mason University. She has her M.A. degree in mathematics and a B.A. in physics, both from Boston University. She re-entered academia after seven years in high tech, where she worked as a technical project manager at Wolfram Research. Devereaux endeavors to integrate her complex systems and pure science knowledge with her economics research, envisioning institutions like markets and governments as complex adaptive systems. Topics of particular interest to Devereaux are private/voluntarist/emergent governance, reputation networks, technological provision of traditional public goods, the theoretical efficacy of New Paternalistic ‘nudging’ schemes, the methodological underpinnings of economics and how they may be informed and rewritten in a complexity frame, and how the pure theory of complex systems may be exploited to prove the impossibility of socialist calculation and the mechanism of entrepreneurial discovery.

Abby has a bunch of hobbies and poorly nurtured interests, including but not limited to: singing opera, playing board games and retro video games, writing fiction and poetry and music, learning languages.