Economic methodology; game theory; experimental economics of risk and time preferences, addiction and impulsive consumption; gambling behaviour and gambling regulatory policy; general philosophy of science



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DON ROSS

Curriculum Vitae

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Professor, School of Economics

University of Cape Town

(since 2001)
Dean, Faculty of Commerce

University of Cape Town

(since 2010)
Program Director (Methodology) and Research Fellow

Center for Economic Analysis of Risk

J. Mack Robinson School of Business

Georgia State University

(since 2010)
Address:

4 Fir Place

24 Fir Avenue

Bantry Bay 8005

Cape Town

South Africa


Telephone:

SA cell: +27 083 701-3757

Office (SA): +27 021 650-2256

USA cell: +1 205 396-9071


e-mail:

don.ross@uct.ac.za

don.ross931@me.com
website:
http://uct.academia.edu/DonRoss

National Research Foundation Rating

A2

Areas of Research

Economic methodology; game theory; experimental economics of risk and time preferences, addiction and impulsive consumption; gambling behaviour and gambling regulatory policy; general philosophy of science; scientific metaphysics; microeconomic development in Africa; African industry studies; political economy of international trade


Additional Teaching Areas

History of economic thought, industrial organization, general microeconomic theory, trade theory, law and economics, institutional economics, political philosophy, history of early modern philosophy, logical positivism and early analytic philosophy, philosophy of mathematics



Biographical Details

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Year of birth: 1962

Countries of citizenship or legal residence: Canada, South Africa; (spouse has US, Dutch and South African citizenship)


Education

Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 1990.

Past Academic Appointments

Research Director, National Responsible Gambling Programme of South Africa, 2006-2010


Professor, Department of Finance, Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2006-2010    
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2003-2010
Director, SABITA Infrastructure Development Assessment Project, 2001-2006
Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, University of Cape Town, 1999-2000 (appointed Professor from 01/01/2001)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Town, 1997-1998
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa, 1995-1997
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa, 1990-1995
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, 1986-1990   


Past Invited Appointments

Meaker Research Fellow, 2004, University of Bristol, UK


Chair, Nominations Committee, Society for Neuroeconomics, 2010-2011
Member of the Executive Board, 2009-2010 Society for Neuroeconomics
Annual Conference Program Chair, Canadian Philosophical Association, 1995-1996

University Administration

Dean, Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town, 2010-present


Deputy Dean Academic, Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town, 2001-2003
Academic Coordinator, Faculty of Humanities, University of Cape Town, 1997-1998
Chair, Ethics in Animal Research Board, University of Ottawa, 1992-1995


Scholarly and Professional Activities




  1. CURRENT EDITORIAL BOARDS AND SCHOLARLY ASSOCIATION SERVICE



Biological Theory

Journal of Economic Methodology

Bioeconomics
Chair of the Executive Board, International Network for Economic Methodology (INEM), 2012-2014.



  1. REFEREEING FOR



Addiction

Addiction Research and Theory

Australasian Journal of Philosophy

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Biological Psychiatry

Biological Theory

Biology and Philosophy

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Canadian Journal of Philosophy

Cognitive Processing

Cognitive Systems Research

Connection Science

Dialogue

Eastern Economic Journal

Economics and Philosophy

Erkenntnis

European Journal of Comparative Economics

HOPOS: Journal of the International Society for History of Philosophy of Science

Inquiry

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Journal of African Finance and Economic Development

Journal of Development Economics

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Journal of Economic Methodology

Journal of Medical Ethics

Journal of Philosophical Research

Lekton

Minds and Machines

Neuroscience, Psychology & Economics

Neuroscience Research

Oeconomica

Philosophical Papers

Philosophiques

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Rationality and Society

Review of Social Economy

South African Journal of Economics

South African Journal of Philosophy

Synthese

Telecommunications Policy

Theory and Decision

UNLV Gaming Research and Review

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Canada Council for the Arts

Canadian Philosophical Association

Economic Research Southern Africa

Fondo Nacional de Desarollo Científico y Technológico, Chile

Fonds F.C.A.R. (Québec)

Institute for Scientific Study (Lesotho)

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Ontario Philosophical Society

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada




  1. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

American Economic Association

Economic Society of South Africa

Society for Neuroeconomics

American Philosophical Association

Game Theory Society




  1. CONFERENCES ORGANIZED




  1. Co-organizer of conference `Qualia and Materialism / Les qualia et le matérialisme', University of Ottawa, February 14-16, 1992.




  1. Organizer of symposium, `Connectionism', held as a Joint Symposium of the Canadian Philosophical Association and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, May, 1992.




  1. Organizer of symposium `Philosophy of Microeconomics / Philosophie de la microéconomique,' held as part of the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Philosophical Association, Carleton University, Ottawa, May 1993.




  1. Programme Chair, Annual Meetings of the Canadian Philosophical Association, Montreal, Canada, 1995.




  1. Programme Chair, Annual Meetings of the Canadian Philosophical Association, St. Catherine's, Canada, 1996.




  1. Co-organizer of international conference, `Connectionism for Cognitive Scientists,' Carleton University, Canada, May 1996.




  1. Co-organizer of international conference, `Dennett's Philosophy: A Comprehensive Assessment', Memorial University, Canada, November 1998.




  1. Co-organizer of international conference, `Development Issues in the New Economy,' University of Cape Town, March 2002.




  1. Organizer of symposium, `Structural Realism: Science Without Things,' at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Philosophical Association, Halifax, Canada, May-June 2003.




  1. Co-organizer of international conference, `Individual Volition and Distributed Cognition: The Second Mind and World Working Group Conference’, University of Alabama at Birmingham, March 2005.




  1. Co-organizer of international conference, `Issues in Philosophy of Economics’, University of Alabama at Birmingham, May 2006.




  1. Co-organizer of international conference, ‘What is Addiction?”, University of Alabama at Birmingham, May 2007.




  1. Co-organizer of conference, ‘Does Naturalism Exclude Metaphysics?”, University of Alabama at Birmingham, November 2009.




  1. Co-organizer of workshop, ‘Agency and Risk in Economics’, Center for Economic Analysis of Risk, Georgia State University, January 2011.




  1. Co-organizer of workshop, ‘Gambling and Risk’, Center for Economic Analysis of Risk, Georgia State University, April 2012.




  1. Organizer of workshop, ‘The Economics of Gambling’, Center for Economic Analysis of Risk, Georgia State University, April 2013.



  1. RECENT CONSULTING CLIENTS (ORGANIZATIONS)

South African Responsible Gambling Trust

National Clothing Retailers Federation, South Africa

South African Fruit and Vegetable Canners Association

Southern African Bitumen Association

Investec, South Africa

Southern African Development Community

National Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Bernadt Vukic Potash & Getz, Attorneys

Bureau of Economic Research, South Africa



United States Department of Commerce

  1. DOCTORAL AND MASTERS SUPERVISIONS


Completed:


  1. Dr Patricia Ivan. Ph.D. in Philosophy. Thesis topic: "Female circumcision: reasons, rights and relativism". Degree granted by University of Ottawa, Canada, April 1997.




  1. Mr Colin Lumb. Master's Thesis in Philosophy. Thesis topic: "Moral responsibility for character". Degree granted by University of Cape Town, December 1997. Awarded with distinction.




  1. Mr Jerrob Duffy. LLM. Thesis topic: “Bargaining for truth and reconciliation in South Africa.” Degree granted by University of Cape Town, May 1999.




  1. Mr Arend von Wamelin, MBA Thesis. Topic: "Competition and pricing strategies in the South African large-bore pipe industry". Degree granted by the University of Cape Town, December 2000.




  1. Dr Guy Wolf, M.A. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Product innovation as a static game of incomplete information in a non-Bayesian environment.” Degree granted by the University of Cape Town, May 2001. Awarded with distinction.




  1. Dr Susan Cleary, M.A. in Economics. Thesis topic: "The South African Government, pharmaceutical companies, and access to HIV / AIDS rrugs." Degree granted by the University of Cape Town, December 2001.




  1. Ms Christiane Steuber, MA in Philosophy. Thesis topic: “Freedom and development: The Ukraine as a case study”. Awarded with distinction.




  1. Dr Michael Power, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Commoditization and currencies”. Degree granted by the University of Cape Town, December 2002. Awarded with distinction.




  1. Dr Karori Mbugua, Ph.D. in Philosophy. Thesis topic: "The methodology of scientific research programs and the history of causal explanations of human male homosexuality". Degree granted by the University of Cape Town, December 2003.




  1. Dr Guy Wolf, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Techniques for general modelling of innovation strategies in entrant-incumbent scenarios.” Degree granted by the University of Cape Town, December 2003.




  1. Mr Matthew Breier, MA in Economics. Thesis topic: “Time, poverty and women’s agency in rural South Africa.” Degree granted (posthumously) by the University of Cape Town, June 2008.




  1. Dr Tendeukayi Mugadza, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Opportunity costs of international trade capacity development in sub-Saharan Africa.” Degree granted by the University of Cape Town, 2010.


In progress:


  1. Mr Andre Hofmeyr, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Risk preferences and addiction”.




  1. Mr Alexander Schuhr, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Structural modeling of heterogeneity in risk and time preference”.




  1. Mr Matthew Townshend, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Toward an optimal road investment policy in South Africa”



  2. Mr George Etheredge, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Technology-induced constraints on bitumen supply in South Africa: Causes and policy responses”.




  1. Mr Brian Monroe, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Preference concealment among South African subjects in economic experiments”.




  1. Mr Godfrey Cadogan, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Distinguishing rank dependence from loss aversion in empirical data on risky choices.”




  1. Mr Ross Harvey, Ph.D. in Economics. Thesis topic: “Chinese investment in commodity extraction and its impact on African governance and institutions.”




Publications (including accepted, forthcoming)



BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHSwhat peoplem want
1. Ross, D. Metaphor, Meaning and Cognition. New York: Peter Lang, 1993.
2. Ross, D. I nouvi percorsi dell'intelligenza artificiale ("New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence"). Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Naples, 1995.daniel dennett
3. Ross, D. What People Want: The Concept of Utility from Bentham to Game Theory. University of Cape Town Press, 1999.dennett\'s philosophy

4. Ross, D., D. Thompson & A. Brook, eds. Dennett's Philosophy: A Comprehensive Assessment. MIT Press / Bradford 2000.
5. Brook, A., & D. Ross, eds. Daniel Dennett.. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

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6. Ross, D. Economic Theory and Cognitive Science, Volume One: Microexplanation. MIT Press / Bradford.




  1. Ayogu, M., & D. Ross, eds. Development Dilemmas: The Methods and Political Ethics of Growth Policy. Routledge, 2004. imagesevery thing must go




  1. Ladyman, J., & Ross, D. Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized. Oxford University Press, 2007.




  1. Ross, D., Sharp, C., Vuchinich, R., & Spurrett, D. Midbrain Mutiny: The Behavioral Economics and Neuroeconomics of Disordered Gambling (Economic Theory and Cognitive Science, Volume Two). MIT Press, 2008.oxford handbook of phil of econ




  1. Kincaid, H., & D. Ross, eds. Handbook of the Philosophy of Economics. Oxford University Press, 2009.




  1. Ross, D., Spurrett, D., Kincaid, H., & Stephens, L., eds. Distributed Cognition and the Will. MIT Press, 2007.distributed cognition2




  1. Ross, D., H. Kincaid, D. Spurrett & P. Collins, eds. What is Addiction? MIT Press, 2010.what is addiction?




  1. Ross, D., J. Ladyman & H. Kincaid, eds., Scientific Metaphysics. Oxford
    University Press, 2012.

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  1. Ross, D., Philosophy of Economics. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2013.


PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS
1. Ross, D. Stich, Fodor and the status of belief. Eidos 5:119-141, 1986.
2. Ross, D. Against positing central systems in the mind. Philosophy of Science 57:297-312, 1990.
3. LaCasse, C. & Ross, D. Reply to Norman: Has rational economic man a heart? Eidos 8:235-246, 1991.
4. Ross, D. Hume, resemblance and the foundations of psychology. History of Philosophy Quarterly 8: 343-356, 1991.
5. Ross, D. Quining qualia Quine's Way. Dialogue 32:439-459, 1993.
6. Ross, D. Dennett's conceptual reform. Behavior and Philosophy 22:41-52, 1994.
7. Ross, D. Instrumental realism and the idea of embodied knowledge. Research in Philosophy and Technology 14:251-269, 1994.
8. Ross, D. Real patterns and the ontological foundations of microeconomics. Economics and Philosophy 11:113-136, 1994.
9. LaCasse, C. & Ross, D. The microeconomic interpretation of games. Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Volume 1994, v. 1, 379-387.
10. Ross, D., & Zawidzki, T. Information and teleosemantics. Southern Journal of Philosophy, 32:393-419, 1994.
11. Ross, D. Minimal strong functionalism. Journal of Philosophical Research, 20:237-268, 1995.
12. Ross, D. Conceptual revolutions? How not to naturalize the philosophy of science. Dialogue 35:147-154, 1996.
13. Ross, D., & LaCasse, C. Toward a new philosophy of positive economics. Dialogue 35:1-27, 1995.
14. Ross, D. La philosophie de la science en fin de régime. Philosophiques 23:204-210, 1996.
15. Ross, D. Externalism for everybody. (Critical Notice) Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 27:271-284, 1997.
16. Ross, D. Internal recurrence. (Critical Notice) Dialogue 37:155-161, 1998.
17. Ross, D. Folk theories, models and economic reality: A reply to Williams. South African Journal of Philosophy 18:247-257, 1999.
18. Ross, D. Problems of a war correspondent. (Critical Notice) Biology and Philosophy 16:251-260 , 2001.


  1. Duffy, J., & Ross, D. Bargaining for truth and amnesty in South Africa: A game-theoretic analysis. South African Journal of Philosophy 20:66-89, 2001.




  1. Ross, D. Why people are atypical agents. Philosophical Papers 31:87-116, 2002.




  1. Cleary, S., & Ross, D. The 1998-2001 legal struggle between the South African government and the international pharmaceutical industry: A game-theoretic analysis. Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies 27: 445-494, 2002.




  1. Ross, D. Learning, cognition and ideology. South African Journal of Philosophy 22: 139-156, 2003.




  1. Ross, D. L’étude de tout, par tous les moyens’ (Étude critique). Philosophiques 30: 245-262, 2003.




  1. Ross, D., & Spurrett, D. What to say to a skeptical metaphysician: A defence manual for cognitive and behavioral scientists. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27: 603-647, 2004.




  1. Ross, D., & Spurrett, D. The cognitive and behavioral sciences: Real patterns, real causes, real unity but no supervenience. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27: 637-647, 2004.




  1. Ross, D., & Dumouchel, P. Emotions as strategic signals. Rationality and Society 16: 251-286, 2004.




  1. Ross, D., & Dumouchel, P. Sincerity is just consistency: Reply to Frank. Rationality and Society 16: 307-318, 2004.




  1. Ross, D. Meta-linguistic signalling for coordination amongst social agents. Language Sciences 26: 621-642, 2004.




  1. Ross, D. Models back in the bunk. Journal of Economic Methodology 12: 599-621.




  1. Ross, D. Evolutionary game theory and the normative theory of institutional design: Binmore and behavioral economics. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 5: 51-79, 2006.




  1. Ross, D., The economics and evolution of selves. Journal of Cognitive Systems Research, 7: 246-258, 2006.




  1. Ross, D. H sapiens as ecologically special: What does language contribute? Language Sciences 29: 710-731, 2007.




  1. Ross, D., Group doxastic rationality need not supervene on individual rationality. Southern Journal of Philosophy 44, supplement: 106-118, 2006.




  1. Ross, D., & Spurrett, D. On notions of cause: Russell’s thesis revisited. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 58: 45-76, 2007.




  1. Ross, D. Game theory in evolution and development: Prospects for deeper use. Biological Theory 1: 31-32, 2006.




  1. Ross, D. Economics, cognitive science and social cognition. Journal of Cognitive Systems Research 9: 125-135, 2008.




  1. Ross, D. Classical game theory, socialization and the rationalization of conventions. Topoi 27: 57-72, 2008.




  1. Ross, D. Two styles of neuroeconomics. Economics and Philosophy 24: 473-483, 2008.




  1. Ross, D. Reply to critics: Economists, philosophers and rival mythologies. Journal of Economic Methodology 15: 308-312, 2008




  1. Ross, D. Ontic structural realism and economics. Philosophy of Science 75: 732-743, 2009.




  1. Ross, D. Reply to Hands: On the Robbins-Samuelson argument pattern. Journal of the History of Economic Thought 31: 93-103, 2009.




  1. Harrison, G., & Ross, D. The methodologies of neuroeconomics. Journal of Economic Methodology 17: 185-196, 2010.



  2. Hofmeyr, A., Ainslie, G., Charlton, R., & Ross, D. The relationship between addiction and reward bundling: An experiment comparing smokers and non-smokers. Addiction 106: 402-409, 2010.




  1. Ross, D. Should the financial crisis inspire normative revision? Journal of Economic Methodology 17: 399-418, 2010.




  1. Ross, D. Estranged parents and a schizophrenic child: choice in economics, psychology and neuroeconomics. Journal of Economic Methodology 18: 215-229, 2011.




  1. Sharp, C., Barr, G., Ross, D., Bhimani, R., Ha, C., & Vuchinich, R. Social discounting and externalizing behavior problems in boys. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 2011.




  1. Ross, D. What can economics contribute to the study of human evolution? Biology and Philosophy 27: 287-297, 2012.




  1. Ross, D. Notes on coordination, game theory, and the evolutionary basis of language. Interaction Studies 13: 50-65, 2012.




  1. Sharp, C., Steinberg, L., Yaroslavsky, I., Hofmeyr, A., Dellis, A., Ross, D., & Kincaid, H., An item response theory analysis of the Problem Gambling Severity Index. Assessment 19: 167-175, 2012.



  2. Kincaid, H., Daniels, E., Dellis, A., Hofmeyr, A., Rousseau, J., Sharp, C. & Ross, D., A taxometric analysis of the performance of the Problem Gambling Severity Index in a South African national urban prevalence sample. International Journal of Gambling Studies 29: 377-392, 2013.



  3. Ross, D., Will scientific philosophy still be philosophy? Recherches Sur La Philosophie Et Le Langage, forthcoming.



  4. Ross, D., Economics, cognitive science and scales of reality. Synthese, forthcoming.

53. Dellis, A., Spurrett, D., Hofmeyr, A., Sharp, C., & Ross, D., Gambling participation and problem gambling severity among rural and peri-urban poor South African adults in KwaZulu-Natal. Journal of Gambling Studies 29: 417-433, 2013.


54. Psychological versus economic models of bounded rationality. Journal of Economic Methodology, forthcoming.
55. Dellis, A., Sharp, C., Hofmeyr, A., Schwardmann, P., Spurrett, D., Rousseau, J., & Ross, D.. Criterion-related and construct validity of the Problem Gambling Severity Index in a sample of South African Gamblers. South African Journal of Psychology, forthcoming.



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