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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.