11th Toulouse Economics and Biology Workshop

June 3–4, 2024

Toulouse, TSE/IAST Building


The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) and the Toulouse School of Economics and Quantitative Social Sciences (TSE) will be hosting the 11th annual workshop on Economics and Biology, themed Inequality in Networks.


Research on social networks emphasizes that social relations provide individuals with essential access to resources, opportunities, and information. Fundamental mechanisms of network formation, such as homophily, can contribute to and amplify preferential access to such resources, often resulting in greater disparities than expected based solely on initial differences. The resulting disparities, whether they be social, economic, or cultural, pose significant challenges and opportunities for individuals and societies. Evolutionary anthropologists, biologists, sociologists and economists alike have therefore devoted a significant amount of attention to the following question, which is proposed to be the central question of the workshop: What are the determinants and the consequences of inequality in networks?

This year's speaker lineup: 

Sarah Alami, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Michael Bailey, Meta

Per Block, University of Zürich

Matt Eliott, Cambridge University

Matthew Jackson, Stanford

Balázs Lengyel, Corvinus University

Abigail Page, Brunel University London

Eleanor Power, LSE

Elspeth Ready, MPI Evolutionary Anthropology

Gert Stulp, University of Gronigen

Milena Tsvetkova, LSE

Yves Zénou, Monash University

Posters:  Besides the plenary sessions, there will be a poster session to which postdocs and Ph.D. students are most welcome to submit applications (abstract + CV + cover letter) to no later than April 15, 2024.

Organizers: Maxime Derex, Marion Hoffman, Marijn Keijzer & Jonathan Stieglitz

Location: Toulouse School of Economics

Dates: June 3-4, 2024

Registration: Online registration is open until 25 May 2024 (required to attend the conference). Note that presentations are upon invitation only. The event is held in-person and will not be streamed online.

Contact: For further information, please send an email to




This event is funded by a French government subsidy managed by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche under the framework of the investissements d'avenir programme reference ANR-17-EURE-0010.



Funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 789111 - ERC EvolvingEconomics) is gratefully acknowledged


11th Toulouse Economics and Biology Workshop, Toulouse, TSE/IAST Building, June 3–4, 2024.