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URPE News and Upcoming Events

(Eastern Economic Association)

February 23-26, 2017
New York City

2017 URPE at EEA Program
Special Social Event: Friday February 24, 2017

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URPE Brooklyn Conference:

Left-Wing Economics in a Right- Wing Political Climate

April 8, 2017
St. Francis College, Brooklyn NY
See details here

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For more on URPE activities, see the 2016
Annual Report

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.

See Richard Wolff's video Nationalism and Scapegoating Foreigners on the URPE blog. (February 20, 2017)

Alejandro Ruess interviews Gerald Epstein on The Political Economy of Trumponomics on the URPE blog.    See the original article on which the interview was based. (February 20, 2017)

Ron Baiman's  The Global Free Trade Error: The Infeasiblity of Ricardo's Comparative Advantage Theory has just been published by Routledge. The doctrine of "free trade" is second only to that of "free markets" in undergirding ideological support for our current global economic structures and rules. The Global Free Trade Error provides a detailed analysis of these foundational models and counter-poses these to alternative Neo-Marxist "unequal exchange" models of global trade and finance. (February 20, 2017)

Chad Kautzer describes Seven Ways You Can Support Academics in Turkey on the URPE Blog. (February 13, 2017)

Robin Hahnel's Income Distribution and Environmental Sustainablity  has just been published by Routledge. Any economics that does not deal forthrightly with economic inequality is no longer suitable for the twenty-first century. Similarly, any economics which does not provide a coherent way to integrate environmental sustainability into economic analysis will fail to command allegiance in the century ahead. This book demonstrates how the Sraffian framework provides important advantages in both areas. (February 16, 2017)

Joseph Persky's The Political Economy of Progress: John Stuart Mill and Modern Radicalism  has been published by Oxford. While there had been much radical thought before John Stuart Mill,  Persky argues it was Mill, as he moved to the left, who provided the radical wing of liberalism with its first serious analytical foundation, a political economy of progress that still echoes today. The book claims that Mill's radical political economy anticipated more than a little of Marx's analysis of capitalism and laid a foundation for the work of Fabians and other gradualist radicals in the 20th century. (February 15, 2017)

Routledge has just published Theory and Method of Evolutionary Political Economy: A Cyprus Symposium edited by Hardy Hanappi, Savvas Katsikides, and Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle. The essays in this volume explore the theoretical and methodological aspects of evolutionary political economy. In part one, the authors consider the foundational contributions of some of the great economists of the past, while the second part demonstrates the benefits of adopting the methods of computer simulation and agent-based modelling. Together, the contributions to this volume demonstrate the richness, diversity and great explanatory potential of evolutionary political economy. (February 15, 2017)

The Profit Doctrine: Economists of the Neo-Liberal Era,  by Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson, has just been published by Pluto Press. Since the late 1970s, the ideas of influential economists have justified policies that have made the world more prone to economic crisis, remarkably less equal, more polluted, and less secure than it might be. By critically examining the work of the most famous economists of the neoliberal period including Alan Greenspan, Milton Friedman, and Robert Lucas, Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson demonstrate that many of those who rose to prominence did so primarily because of their defense of, and contribution to, rising corporate profits, rather thantheir ability to predict or explain economic events. (February 13, 2017)

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