Heterodox Economics Newsletter
February 08, 2016
Heterodox Economics Directory
Last week I was invited to a workshop initiated by the German Bertelsmann foundation to give a talk about the possible use of trade policy to foster 'inclusive growth' - a label introduced by the OECD to flag economic policy measures, which aim to ensure an equal distribution of the benefits associated with economic growth. This trip was interesting for at least three reasons.
First, I found that some people at the Bertelsmann foundation - which is traditionally conceived as a key player in creating and sustaining a neoliberal atmosphere in the German-speaking policy arena - are having second thoughts. These concerns are mainly due to the obvious decrease in social cohesion across Europe and within single European states. While they have not yet changed their general orientation, I had the impression they are honestly interested in alternative perspectives on economic issues, which seems to be a promising development.
Second, I came into contact with other interesting researchers, like James B. Glattfelder from the Unversity of Zürich, whose paper on the „network of global corporate control" seems to be a must-read for heterodox economists. However, I also found that James, who is a physician by education, had next to no knowledge of heterodox economics (which will change soon, as James is now subscribing to this Newsletter...; hey James!). Against, this backdrop, I will use this opportunity to restate my claim that a closer alliance between heterodox economists and natural scientists working in the area of socio-economic modelling and analysis seems me to be a precondition for improving the status of economics as a scientific discipline. This maneuver will require patience on all sides, but it will eventually come with a nice pay-off.
Third, I also was confronted by a series of suggestions for fostering inclusive growth from mainstream researchers. While half of the mainstream researchers present at the workshop used the opportunity to state their belief that ‚inequality does not matter’ and, hence, also questioned the political legitimacy of ‚inclusive growth’ as a guiding concept, the other half was indeed trying to add constructively to the discussion. While one might argue that these proportions are still disturbing, I was pleasantly surprised to see German mainstream economists acknowledging that increasing inequality exists and that this tendency might even pose an actual challenge for our economies and societies. As bad as it sounds: In Germany, that's still quite unusual.
All the Best,
Table of contents
- Call for Papers
- 13th International Conference Developments in Economic Theory and Policy (Bilbao, 2016)
- 18th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics: "Alternatives to Austerity" (Glasgow, 2016)
- 1st International Conference on "Cliometrics and Complexity" (Lyon, 2016)
- 25th International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Conference (Galway, 2016)
- 30th Employment Research Unit (ERU) Conference: "Employers' Organizations and Employer Collective Action" (Cardiff, 2016)
- 8th Annual PhD Student Conference of the Post Keynesian Study Group (Greenwich, 2016)
- Bicentenary of "David Ricardo's Proposals for an Economical and Secure Currency" (London, 2016)
- Fifth Biennial SUNY Binghamton Graduate Student Conference on World Historical Social Science (Binghamton, 2016)
- History of Economics Society Annual Conference (Durham, 2016)
- International Conference "The Relevance of Keynes to the Contemporary World" (Torino, 2016)
- International Conference on "A Great Transformation? Global Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalisms" (Linz, 2017)
- International Conference on Consumer Research: "The 21st Century Consumer: Vulnerable, Responsible, Transparent?" (North Rhine-Westphalia, 2016)
- Journal of Australian Political Economy: Special Issue on "Global Economic Inequalities and Development"
- Studio Roma: Special Issue on "Value and surplus value"
- Towards a Better Understanding of Economic Dynamics. What Can We Expect from Complexity Economics and Non-Linear Business Cycle Models? (Hamburg, 2016)
- Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research: Special Issue on "The digital economy and its implications for labour"
- URPE Session & Paper Proposals for the ASSA 2017 (Chicago, 2017)
- Work, Employment and Society Conference: "Work in Crisis" (Leeds, 2016)
- Call for Participants
- Advanced Course on Innovation, Growth, International Production
- CSE South Group two spring events
- The Next System Teach-Ins (New York, 2016)
- Job Postings
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- New Economics Foundation, UK
- St. Thomas University, Canada
- The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, AUT
- University of Lausanne, CH
- 2016 Rhonda Williams Prize
- Winner of Forum for Social Economics Best Paper Award
- American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 75 (1)
- Ecological Economics, 122
- Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review, 12 (2)
- Industrial and Corporate Change, 25 (1)
- International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 6 (3)
- Journal of Economic Methodology, 22 (3): Special Issue on "The Future of the Philosophy Of Economics"
- Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, 38 (3)
- Moneta e Credito, 68 (272)
- PSL Quarterly Review, 68 (275)
- Rethinking Marxism, 28 (1)
- Review of International Political Economy, 23 (1)
- Review of Keynesian Economics, 4 (1)
- The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 23 (1)
- Work, Employment & Society, 30 (1)
- World Review of Political Economy, 6 (4)
- Books and Book Series
- Capitalist Family Values: Gender, Work, and Corporate Culture at Boeing
- Unnatural science: The conflict between reason and ideology in economics and the other social sciences
- Analytical Gains of Geopolitical Economy: Part II, vol. 30
- Aspects of Support-Bargaining and Money-Bargaining
- Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises
- Integrating Human Capital with Human Development: The Path to a More Productive and Humane Economy
- Precarious Work And The Struggle For Living Wages: Alternate Routes 2016
- The Great Inequality
- The Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Capitalism
- Violence in Capitalism: Devaluing Life in an Age of Responsibility
- Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships and Grants
- Call for research proposals: "Welfare, Wellbeing and Demographic Change: Understanding Welfare Models"
- International Visiting Fellowships in Critical Digital & Social Media Research
- PhD Studentship on Gender Pay Gap in Manchester/Glasgow
- PhD scholarships at Kingston University London
- PhD studentship opportunity at the University of Sheffield
- Postdoc Research Fellow: Political Economy of the Internet
- Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity
- Global Labour Column
- Union for Radical Political Economy
- Calls for Support
- Support Labour Rights in Greece
- For Your Information
- Sanders' Single-Payer Proposal
- The "International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education" implements a new section: "The Teaching Commons"
- The journal „Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft“ introduces peer reviewing and invites international contributions