Jens Beckert

Jens Beckert is the director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. His main research field is economic sociology, particularly the correlation between economic processes and the social and cultural structures in which economic action is embedded. In recent years his work has focused on the role of expectations in economic decision-making and for capitalist development. In coming years this focus will shift to research on wealth and social inequality, building upon my earlier work on inheritance law. He is the author of numerous and influential articles and books in the field, including Imagined Futures. Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics (Harvard University Press 2016) and Uncertain Futures: Imaginaries, Narratives, and Calculation in the Economy (edited with Richard Bronk) (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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