What Do Metrics Actually Measure? The Economics of Decision Making

19th Mar 2020, 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Business School

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Professor Mehmet Pinar – Inaugural Lecture

Metrics are used for measuring everything from the multi-dimensional facets of well-being to university performance indicators. But do they actually measure what they say they do? In his inaugural lecture, Professor Mehmet Pinar will give an overview of the use of indices in social sciences and education, to question the way they are used and constructed. His research demonstrates that these indices are uncertain, as they are based on subjective choices made by policymakers.

Could a so-called “well-developed” country switch to being seen as “under-developed” because of a change in policymakers’ focus and choices? Or could a top-ranking university lose its status based on alternative subjective measurements? In this talk, Professor Pinar will provide some examples how normative decisions by policymakers play a role in university and country performances.

Professor of Economics at Edge Hill University’s Business School, Mehmet Pinar’s research covers a range of subjects which analyse the effect of policymakers’ decisions on the measurement of such issues as sustainability, well-being, poverty and education. As such, his work has been published in top scientific journals such as the Journal of Economic Growth, European Journal of Operational Research and the Education Economics and has received multiple funding awards including the British Academy’s Advanced Newton Fellowship.

Professor Pinar currently teaches modules on Statistics for Economics and Development Economics. Having delivered various invited talks and presentations at international conferences, Professor Pinar is an engaging speaker with a wealth of knowledge in his field. Questions and networking at the end of the lecture will be welcomed.

Programme

  • 17.30 – Arrival and refreshments
  • 18.00 – Lecture + Q&A
  • 19.15 – Buffet and networking

Parking on campus is unrestricted after 5.30pm. If you wish to park earlier than this, please contact mcraen@edgehill.ac.uk to acquire a free permit for the day of the event.

*Please note that this event will be live streamed at facebook.com/EHUevents