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URPE Dissertation Fellowship

2017-18 Dissertation Fellowship Recipient:

Ilias Alami


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RRPE Editorial Board Elections

Online Voting July 15 - August 15, 2017

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November 17-19, 2017, Tampa, Florida

See program here.

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URPE at ASSA 2018

January 5-7, 2018, Philadelphia, PA

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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.

The ful text of the just-published Handbook of Marxian Economics, edited by David M. Brennan, David Kristjanson-Gural, Catherine P. Mulder, and Erik K. Olsen, is available for 60 days starting June 30th at this link http://rdcu.be/tPlg.  (July 3, 2017)

Dean Baker has just written Washington Post Propagates Myth on Health Insurance in Piece Exposing Myths on Health Insurance on his Beat the Press blog. (July 3, 2017)

Michael Zweig has written White Working-Class Voters and the Future of Progressive Politics in the New Labor Forum.  (July 3, 2017)

Routledge has just published Ann Davis' Money as a Social Institution: The Insititutional Development of Capitalism..  Money is usually understood as a valuable object, the value of which is attributed to it by its users and which other users recognize. This book offers an interpretation of money as a social institution. Money provides the link between the household and the firm, the worker and his product, making that very division seem natural and money as imminently practical. Money as a Social Institution begins in the medieval period and traces the evolution of money alongside consequent implications for the changing models of the corporation and the state. Davis provides a framework of analysis for examining money historically, beyond the operation of those particular institutions, which includes the possibility of conceptualizing and organizing the world differently. (June 26,2017)

 Why Latin American Nations Fail: Development Strategies in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Matias Vernengo and Esteban Perez Caldentey, has just been published by the University of California Press. Why Latin American Nations Fail brings together leading Latin Americanists from several disciplines to address how and why contemporary development strategies have failed to promote long-term sustainable growth with improved well-being throughout the region. Given the dramatic political turns in contemporary Latin America, this book offers a much-needed explanation and analysis of the factors that must be considered in making sense of development today. (June 26,2017)

Real World Micro (24th edition)  has just been published by Dollars & Sense.  The book is edited by Rob Larson, Alejandro Reuss, Bryan Snyder, Chris Sturr, and the D&S Collective .Standard microeconomics textbooks depict a tidy world of free markets producing the best outcomes for everyone. Real World Micro confronts neoclassical theory with a messier reality in which disparities of wealth, power, and organization shape the economy, and benefit some groups at others’ expense. (June 22, 2017)

Real World Macro (34th edition) has just been published by Dollars & Sense. The book is edited by Alejandro Reuss, Luis Rosero, Bryan Snyder, Chris Sturr, and the D&S Collective. The latest edition of this perennial bestseller asks the questions that standard textbooks largely neglect: What’s so great about growth? Is unemployment natural? Who decides stock prices? Real World Macro addresses timely topics such as unemployment, inflation, deficits, tax policy, the Federal Reserve, savings, and poverty.  (June 22, 2017)

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