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URPE at 2017 Left Forum

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Member Activities Update

See our Member Activities page to see what members have been up to recently. This column is the latest activities. Also see Member Books and Opinion.

John Miller writes on The Economics of Backlash on the Dollars & Sense blog. (May 15, 2017)

Take This Job and Guarantee It! Mark Paul explains  the job guarantee on Future Left. (May 15, 2017)

Dean Baker writes The Need for Job Killing Robots in Pension Fund Management on his CEPR Beat the Press blog.

Richard Wolff talked with acTVism Munich on What is the state of Economic Education today? (May 15, 2017)

Jayati Ghosh has written Globalization and the End of the Labor Aristocracy on the Dollars & Sense blog. (May 15, 2017)

Patrick Bond has written WEF-Africa hosts a turf battle between Zuma and 'white monopoly capital' in Pambazuka News. (May 15, 2017)

The April Newsletter of the Binzagr Institute has been published including new vlogs in Spanish and English in the Economic Common Sense series and Fadhel Kaboub's discussion of structural inequality on Real Progressives. (May 15, 2017)

John Weeks has written Understanding Brexit on the Dollars & Sense blog. (May 15, 2017)

On April 24, URPE member John Weeks, retired from SOAS University of London, gave testimony on the economic cost of Brexit to the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union of the Deutsche Bundestag. He was invited as an expert witness by the Left Party (Die Linke) based on a study he had co-authored on reform of the European Union.  His main points were that while the economic costs have been exaggerated, the social consequences, especially loss of EU protection of the environment, consumer rights, employment rights and civil rights, will be extremely detrimental to British citizens, with the possible independence of Scotland a massive shock to the political system.  See the summary of testimony (in German, right click to translate. (April 26, 2017)

John F. M. McDermott's Employers' Economics vs. Employees' Economy: How Adam Smith's Legacy Obscures Public Investment in the Private Sector  has just been published by Palgrave.  This book argues that economic activity in the public sphere now underwrites private corporations, and rejects rigid adherence to traditional economic theories that no longer apply. Adam Smith's widely used "merchant's model" assumes that most investment is private, when in fact research demonstrates that public investment in the workforce through education and training far outweighs the private sector, and does not account for the growing presence of consensual pricing, the diversification of modern businesses, or the increasing internal authoritarianism of globalizing companies. (April 17, 2017)

David Barkin has writtten Food Sovereignty: A Strategy for Environmental Justice, a Binzagr Institute working paper.  (April 17, 2017)

See more on our Member Activities page. Also see Member Books and Opinion