URPE Member Activities

This page will help keep URPE members and others informed about URPE members' activities including new books, articles, and meetings organized. Information on this page is principally drawn from the URPE listserve. Send a email with your announcement to urpe-announcements@lists.csbs.utah.edu .

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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 Zwieg writes on White Working-Class Voters and the Future of Progressive Politics on the URPE blog. (June 1, 2017)

Alejandro Ruess writes Reform or Revolution, part 3 of European Social Democracy and the Roots of the Eurozone Crisis on Dollars & Sense. (June 1, 2017)

On the URPE blog, Scott Carter writes about the online posting of the complete notes on Sraffa's Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities.  (June 1, 2017)

Dean Baker writes Intellectual Property is Real Money on Jacobin. (June 1, 2017)

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.(May 15, 2017)

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)

Elgar has just published James Crotty"s Capitalism, Macroeconomics and Reality: Understanding Globalization, Financialization, Competition and Crisis. The essays comprising this collection analyze the deep flaws in the methodological foundation of mainstream economic theory, and explain how these flaws make mainstream economics more ideology than sound social science. James Crotty develops alternative theories built on realistic assumptions that can explain most of the disastrous economic and financial developments of the past four decades. His work contributes to the collective creation of a solid theoretical foundation on which to build an understanding of the ‘laws of motion’ of capitalism in the post WWII era. (April 12, 2017)

See A Turbulent Capitalist Economy: The vision of Anwar Shaikh on the Institute for New Economic Thinking website. (April 12, 2017)

See Matías Vernengo on Latin America’s Crisis: End of the Commodity Super-Cycle, or Return of Neoliberalism on the URPE blog. (March 29, 2017)

Patrick Bond has written In South Africa, enter stage left: Jacob Zuma's "Radical Economic Transformation alternative factoids in Pambazuka News. (March 29, 2017)

See Dean Baker discuss How the Fed inflation target is keeping wages low and people out of jobs on the Real News Network. (March 29, 2017)

See Richard Wolff''s  Economic Update: US Housing Crisis on the URPE blog. (March 29, 2017)

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)

Routledge has just published Robert B. Williams' The Privileges of Wealth: Rising inequality and the growing racial divide. The book investigates the impact of the rising concentration of wealth. It describes how households accumulate wealth along three pathways: household saving, appreciation of assets, and family gifts and inheritances. In addition, federal wealth policies, in the form of assorted tax deductions and credits, act as a fourth pathway that favors wealthy households. For those with means, each pathway operates as a virtuous cycle enabling families to build wealth with increasing ease. For those without, these same pathways are experienced as vicious cycles. (February 12, 2017)

Routledge has just published Michael D. Yates' The Great Inequality. A growing inequality in income and wealth marks modern capitalism, and it negatively affects nearly every aspect of our lives, especially those of the working class. It is and will continue to be the central issue of politics in almost every nation on earth. In this book, the author explains inequality in clear, passionate, and intelligent prose: what it is, why it matters, how it affects us, what its underlying causes are, and what we might do about it. (February 9, 2017)

The current issue of the URPE Newsletter is out wiith featured articles: Al Campbell:: Fidel and Socialism, Andrew Torre: Fascism: A Dated Paradigm for Capitalist Control,  and John Weeks: Trump’s Victory Represents the Fulfilment of Neoliberalism, Not its Failure   (February 8, 2017)

Routledge has just published the Routledge Handbook of Marxian Economics, edited by David M. Brennan, David Kristjanson-Gural, Catherine P. Mulder, and Erik K. Olsen.  This handbook contains thirty-seven original essays from a wide range of leading international scholars, recognized for their expertise in different areas of Marxian economics. Its scope is broad, ranging from contributions on familiar Marxist concepts such as value theory, the labor process, accumulation, crisis and socialism, to others not always associated with the Marxian canon, like feminism, ecology, international migration and epistemology. (February 8, 2017)

Routledge has published  Improving Urban Access: New Approaches to Funding Transport Investment, edited by Elliott D. Sclar, Måns Lönnroth, and Christian Wolmar. Urban transport plays a critical role in determining the social, environmental and economic shape of cities. This book provides innovative ideas on how we might reorganize transport finance to ensure that it is suited to serving the social, environmental and economic principles that must guide future urban living.   (February 5, 2017)

Oxford University Press has published Geoge F. DeMartino's and Deidre N. McCloskey's (editors)  The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics This book is the first comprehensive examination of the field of professional economic ethics, briinging ogether an interdisciplinary group of contributors to explore economic ethics from the perspective of philosophy, economics, and other social sciences.  It provides ample real life examples of economic ethics in practice. (February 5, 2017)

Routledge has just published Robert B. Williams' The Privileges of Wealth: Rising inequality and the growing racial divide. The Privileges of Wealth investigates the impact of the rising concentration of wealth. It describes how households accumulate wealth along three pathways: household saving, appreciation of assets, and family gifts and inheritances. In addition, federal wealth policies, in the form of assorted tax deductions and credits, act as a fourth pathway that favors wealthy households. For those with means, each pathway operates as a virtuous cycle enabling families to build wealth with increasing ease. For those without, these same pathways are experienced as vicious cycles. (February 5, 2017)

Pluto Press has just published  The Profit Doctrine: Economists of the Neo-Liberal Era by Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson. 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 5, 2017)

Routledge has published  Improving Urban Access: New Approaches to Funding Transport Investment, edited by Elliott D. Sclar, Måns Lönnroth, and Christian Wolmar. Urban transport plays a critical role in determining the social, environmental and economic shape of cities. This book provides innovative ideas on how we might reorganize transport finance to ensure that it is suited to serving the social, environmental and economic principles that must guide future urban living.   (February 5, 2017)

Oxford University Press has published Geoge F. DeMartino's and Deidre N. McCloskey's (editors)  The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics This book is the first comprehensive examination of the field of professional economic ethics, briinging ogether an interdisciplinary group of contributors to explore economic ethics from the perspective of philosophy, economics, and other social sciences.  It provides ample real life examples of economic ethics in practice. (February 5, 2017)

Temple University Press has just published Andrew T. Lamas, Todd Wolfson, and Peter N. Funke (Editors)  The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements Herbert Marcuse examined the subjective and material conditions of radical social change and developed the "Great Refusal," a radical concept of "the protest against that which is." The editors and contributors to the exciting new volume The Great Refusal provide an analysis of contemporary social movements around the world with particular reference to Marcuse's revolutionary concept. (February 3, 2017)

Palgrave MacMillan has just published Michelle Holder's African American Men and the Labor Market during the Great Recession.  This book analyzes the status and position of African American men in the U.S. labor market prior to, during, and after the Great Recession. Using a model of occupational crowding, the book outlines how the representation of African American men in major occupational categories almost universally declined during the recent recession even as white non-Hispanic men were able to maintain their occupational representation in the face of staggering job losses. (February 2, 2017)

Robin Hahnel and Erik Olin Wright have written  Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a Democratic Economy  published by Verso.  It is also available as a Kindle free download. What would a viable free and democratic society look like? Poverty, exploitation, instability, hierarchy, subordination, environmental exhaustion, radical inequalities of wealth and power—it is not difficult to list capitalism’s myriad injustices. But is there a preferable and workable alternative? Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a Democratic Economy presents a debate between two such possibilities: Robin Hahnel’s “participatory economics” and Erik Olin Wright’s “real utopian” socialism. (February 6, 2017)

Hardy Hanapi has edited Game Theory Relaunched,  published by Intech and available as a free download. Game theory sets out to explore what can be said about making decisions which go beyond accepting the rules of a game. This book collects recent research papers in game theory, combining many different fields like economics, politics, history, engineering, mathematics, physics, and psychology.  (February 2, 2017)

Patrick Bond has written African labour and social militancy, Marxist framing and revolutionary movement-buiilding on Pambazuka News. (January 30, 2017) 

Patrick Bond has written Will Washington's New Pro-Moscow, Anti-Beijing Gang Drive a Wedge Through the BRICS in 2017? on the  Socialist Project.  (January 30, 2017)

Cyrus Bina has written Homecoming to Nostalgia: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump on  the Socialist Project.  (January 30, 2017)

J.W. Mason has written What Exactly Does Mexico Export to the US? on his blog. (January 28, 2017)

Dollars & Sense has just published Current Economic Issues, perfect for introductory-level courses in economics and other social sciences. This brand-new edition covers key controversies—including ongoing economic stagnation, fiscal policy and deficits, financial instability, the welfare state, environmental protection, labor and unions, economic inequality, and the changing global economy.  (January 28, 2017)

David Kotz has written It Can Happen Here: The rise of a right-wing nationalist regime in the United States is now a realistic possiblity on the  Dollars & Sense blog. (January 28, 2017)

Dollars & Sense has just published  Real World Globalization, an essential guide to the changing trends in global trade, investment, labor relations, and economic development. It provides a highly accessible analysis of global corporations, international institutions and "free trade" agreements, globalization and conditions of labor, international debt, environmental and resource issues, and alternatives to dominant policies and institutions. (January 28, 2017)

Scott Carter blogs about an important new development in the Sraffa archives.  (January 28, 2017)

See David Fields' list of 50+ social justice media outlets on the URPE blog. (January 26, 2017)

Vol. 1 No. 1 of the new open access on-line Journal of Working Class Studies is now available. Pieces by Sherry Lee Linkon and John Russo, Michael Zweig, Jack Metzgar, Deborah Warnock, and Sarah Attfield, plus book reviews. (January 17, 2017)

Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer,  the new book by Dean Baker, is available as a free download. (January 17, 2017)

Wiley has just published Steve Keen's Can we avoid another financial crisis? The financial crash that convulsed the world in 2008 had cataclysmic effects on the global economy, and took conventional economists completely by surprise.  In this compelling and explosive book, Steve Keen, one of the very few economists who anticipated the crash, shows why the self-declared experts were wrong and offers a realistic, monetary approach to economics that can warn of crises before they happen. He shows how ever-rising levels of private debt make another financial crisis almost inevitable unless politicians tackle the real dynamics causing financial instability.  (January 17, 2017)

Fadhel Kaboub informs us of the December Binzagar Insitute newsletter. (January 17, 2017)

Dean Baker writes Is Globalization to Blame? on the Boston Review website. (January 12, 2017)

Richard Rosen writes A Socialist Economy for the 21st Century,  a Next System Project report. (January 3, 2017)

Sasha Breger Bush writes Trump and National Neoliberalism on the  Dollars & Sense blog. (January 3, 2017)

Deepankar Basu and Ramaa Vasudevan write Demonetisation paradox: Lack of popular opposition to a move that has caused widespread havoc in India's The Wire. (December 19, 2016)

John Weeks and Elizabeth Dore discuss A new dawn for Cuba on ShareRadio.  (December 19, 2016)

Al Campbell writes Fidel and Socialism on the URPE blog, (December 15, 2016)

John Miller writes Taxing the Wealthy and the Art of Sophistry in Dollars and Sense. (December 1, 2016)

Dean Baker writes We don’t need Washington to fix bloated CEO pay on the PBS Newshour website. (December 1, 2016)

ICAPE, the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics, will hold a conference in Chicago on January 4, 2017, with many URPE members participating in the program. (December 1, 2016)

Engelbert Stockhammer, Collin Constantine and Severin Reissl have written Explaining the Euro Crisis: Current Account Imbalances, Credit Booms and Economic Policy in Different Economic Paradigms for the Post Keynesian Economics Study Group.  (December 1, 2016)

Laura Merling and Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research write The Housing Bubble: Is it back? (November 30, 2016)

John Weeks writes By the numbers: Barak Obama's contribution to the decline of U.S. democracy on openDemocracy. (November 30, 2016)

Frank Ackerman writes Green State America: How to keep America's climate promises on Dollars and Sense. (November 30, 2016)

J.W. Mason writes Socialize Finance: We already live in a planned economy. Why not make it a democratic one? on  Jacobin.  (November 30, 2016)

Anthem Press has published Omar Dahi's and Firat Demir's South-South Trade and Finance in the Twenty-First Century: Rise of the South or a Second Great Divergence.  The book shows concrete and positive results from South–South trade particularly related to industrial development and also documents how South–South trade is dominated by large developing countries and that South–South trade liberalization may be counterproductive. The book’s findings are based on rigorous empirical examination of South–South trade and finance and it provides an even-handed assessment from the perspective of long-term development goals rather than mainstream welfare approaches or ideological/theoretical worldview. (November 15, 2016)

Angelo Fusari's  Understanding the course of social reality. The necessity of institutional and ethical transformation of utopian flavour has just been published by Springer.  Growing technological changes and innovation make it difficult to understand the course of social reality. The roots of this theoretical and practical confusion are identified with the adoption within the social sciences of the method of observation and verification. This may seem surprising in the light of the fact that the triumph of this method facilitated the emergence of the modern natural (and mechanical) sciences. But with the advent of modern dynamic society, itself very much an effect of the great advancement of the natural and formal sciences, the failure of the methodologies of these sciences with regard to the analysis of social reality has become increasingly marked and its consequences ever more devastating. (November 15, 2016)

Patrick Bond has written Trump’s isolationism: Threats and opportunities for Africa on Pambazuka News. (November 11, 2016)

Dean Baker has written Mainstream economics wrecks world economy and now NYT worries about damage from populism on the Center for Economic and Policy Research's Beat the Press blog. (November 11, 2016)

David M. Fields has written Professional Outlets for Radical Scholarship on the URPE blog. (November 11, 2016)

On the URPE blog: October Hunger Notes: the conflict between corporate agriculture and campesinos, Syrian families and war, and more by Lane Vanderslice (November 11, 2016)

Arthur MacEwan has written Will Artificial Intelligence Mean Massive Job Loss on the Dollars & Sense blog. (November 11, 2016)

David Barkin has written Food Sovereignty – A Strategy for Environmental Justice for the on-line World Economic Association Conference on Food and Justice. (November 8, 2016)

John Weeks and Anwar Shaikh discuss The global rise of inequality on The Week's Update radio show. (November 2, 2016)

Dean Baker's  Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer has just been published. There has been an enormous upward redistribution of income in the United States in the last four decades. In his most recent book, Baker shows that this upward redistribution was not the result of globalization and the natural workings of the market. Rather, it was the result of conscious policies that were designed to put downward pressure on the wages of ordinary workers while protecting and enhancing the incomes of those at the top. Baker explains how rules on trade, patents, copyrights, corporate governance, and macroeconomic policy were rigged to make income flow upward. (November 2, 2016)

J. W. Mason has written Functional finance vs. conventional finance: What’s really at stake? for the Washington Center on Equitable Growth's blog. (November 2, 2016)

Dean Baker has written The old debt and entitlement charade on Truthout.  (November 2, 2016)

Mark Weisbrot has written Venezuela's Economic Crisis: Does It Mean That the Left Has Failed? on Truthout. (October 24, 2016)

Alejandro Ruess writes on European Social Democracy and the Roots of the Eurozone Crisis on the Dollars & Sense blog, (October 24, 2016)

David M. Fields informs us that Piero Sraffa’s papers and correspondence, held in the Wren Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, are to be made available online in their entirety. (October 24, 2016)

Mary King informs us  of  a free, 1-day workshop to learn about and explore a new OECD dataset on literacy, numeracy and digital problem-solving skills of adults in 40 countries. The workshop will be held January 5 in Chicago just before the ASSA meetings.  For more information and to register.  (October 4, 2016)

On YouTube, Scott Carter gives an introduction to the Sraffa archive at Cambridge University and to Carter's Heretical Sraffa website  (September 13, 2016)

On the URPE blog, David Fields has posts on cuts at  the UMass-Amherst Labor Center, and possible elimination of the Center itself.  See UMass-Amherst preparing to abolish Labor Center and UMass admins deny "attack" on Labor Center. (September 13, 2016)

David Fields provides information on the faculty lockout at LIU Brooklyn. (September 13, 2016)

Bruce Pietrykowski informs us of the Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Deadline is October 1.  For more information and application details: http://www.cew.umich.edu/action/tfvsa. (September 13, 2016)

Paresh Chattopadhyay's Marx's Associated Mode of Production: A Critique of Marxism  has just been published by Palgrave. This book aims to restore Marx’s original emancipatory idea of socialism, conceived as an association of free individuals centered on working people’s self-emancipation after the demise of capitalism. The book  argues that, Marx’s (and Engels’s) ideas have been deliberately warped with misinterpretation not only by those who resent these ideas but more consequentially by those who have come to power under the banner of Marx, calling themselves communists. This book challenges those who have inaccurately revised Marx’s ideas to justify their own pursuit of political power.  (September 8, 2016)

Mark Weisbrot has written Brazil's Political and Economic Crisis Threatens Its Democracy on The Hill.com. (September 1, 2016)

Mark Weisbrot has written Will the IMF Become Irrelevant Before It Changes? in The Nation.  The neo-liberal reforms it has imposed on countries around the world have been disastrous. (September 1, 2016)

Matías Vernengo appears on the Rick Smith show podcast to discuss the horrible outcomes of privatization around the world as the US Department of Justice recently announced it was no longer going to use private prisons. (September 1, 2016)

Gerald Epstein and Juan Antonio Montecino have written Overcharged: The High Cost of Finance. Big Finance’s destructive practices and the overcharging of customers will have cost the U.S. economy between $12.9 and $22.7 trillion by 2023.  This  report estimates these costs by analyzing three components: 1) rents, or excess profits; 2) mis-allocation costs and 3) the costs of the 2008 financial crisis. (August 31, 2016)

In The American Prospect  article A Just Transition for U.S Fossil Fuel Industry Workers, Robert Pollin and Brian Callaci develop a Just Transition framework for workers and communities now dependent on the fossil fuel industry. Their proposal focuses on income and pension-fund support for workers as well as transition assistance for what are now fossil-fuel dependent communities. They estimate the overall cost of the program at a relatively modest $600 million per year. (August 31, 2016)

The deadline for submissions to the ICAPE conference to be held in Chicago just before the ASSA meetings has been extended to September 12.  See more information about the conference and paper topic areas.  (August 20, 2016)

Heather Boushey, the executive director of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, will be chief economist on Hillary Clinton's transition team, should Clinton win, Reuters reports. (August 17, 2016)

Alejandro Reuss has written part 1 of  The Eurozone Crisis: Monetary Union and Fiscal Disunion in the Triple Crisis blog. (August 17, 2016)

See Scott Carter's new blog Heretical Sraffa: Furtive Thoughts on Economics and Economic Theory. (August 17, 2016)

Dean Baker has written The Risk of Imagining Capitalism To Be Unfettered in his  Beat the Press blog on the failings of economic reporting. (August 17, 2016)

John Weeks has written Labour Party Leadership:  Fight for Policies, Not Souls in the Dollars & Sense blog. (August 17, 2016)

Ebru Kongar informs us of IAFFE's course syllabus page with sylabi for 23  gender-related courses including  Feminist Economics (undergraduate) by Julie Mathaei and Gender in Latin American Development by Carmen Diana Deere.  (August 15, 2016)

Dean Baker has written Homeownership drop is bad news, but not for the reason you think in the New York Times.  (August 5, 2016)

Scott Carter has written U.S. Constitution 101, a refresher in the Tulsa World. (August 5, 2016)

Dean Baker has written Secret on Orphan Drugs: The government could pay the other half of the price also on his Beat the Press blog, a commentary on economic reporting. (August 5, 2016)

Videos of  talks by URPE members at the 2016 Left Forum are now on the URPE YouTube channel including those by David Kotz, "The rise and fall of neoliberalism,"  Tadzio Mueller, "Climate justice movement and Paris." and Senowa Mize Fox, "Lesssons from Paris." (July 28, 2016)

The vast and historic marshlands in southeastern Iraq, home to Sumerian culture and history for over 5,000 years, have been under threat from deliberate destruction by Saddam Hussein, and more recently by water diversion from the Tigris River. Filmmaker Jonathan Levin and Michael Zweig made the short film The Iraqi Marshes: Beauty and Civilization in Danger (English Version)  to help protect these invaluable wetlands after visiting them in October 2012. UNESCO, responding to petitions from Iraqi civil society organizations and their international allies, in July 2016 named the Marshes a World Heritage Site.  Read a report from The Guardian. The Center for Study of Working Class Life is pleased to have been able to document an important part of this campaign. (July 25, 2016)

 

Mark Kleindinst has written Corporate Walkover in Progress: The Case of the Southern Company’s “Clean Coal” Plant in Mississippi.  The project to create an experimental “clean coal” plant in Mississippi is funded by electric utility customers in the poorest state in the United States. The incentives for the project come from the industry capturing the Public Service Commission of Mississippi. The controversial incentives stipulate that the Southern Company can earn a return on money spent to create electrical infrastructure, even if the experimental plant never produces any electricity. The Southern Company’s Kemper County Mississippi “Radcliffe” Plant, originally estimated to cost about $1.2 billion, is approaching $6 billion dollars, is still not operational, and may never be a profitable facility. Despite this, over 180,000 of America’s poorest citizens are expected to foot the bill. (July 18, 2016)

See Brian Tokar's talk on Climate extremes at the Left Forum on our URPE YouTube page.  (July 18, 2016)

David Kotz has written A Tough Time for Conventional Wisdom on Common Dreams.  (July 12, 2016)

John Weeks has written Understanding the Corbyn Phenomenon on the Dollars and Sense blog. (July 12, 2016)

Andy Battle has written A Message to CUNY Adjuncts, Part-timers and other Exploited Faculty on the Occasion of the Proposed Contract on CUNY Struggle.  (July 12, 2016)

Richard D. Wolfe has written Economic Theorists: The High Priests of Capitalism on Truthout. (July 5, 2016)

Patrick Bond has written The flight of corporate profits poses biggest threat to South Africa's economy in a recent issue of Pambazuka News.  (July 5, 2016)

Ismael Hossein-zadeh has written Marx on Financial Bubbles: Much Keener Insights Than Contemporary Economists on Counterpunch. (July 5, 2016)

Fadel Kaboub brings to our attention the June newsletter of the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. (July 5, 2016)

Elgar has just released The Great Financial Meltdown: Systemic, Conjunctural or Policy Created? edited by Turan Subasat, with contributions from URPE members Erdogan Bakir, Ricardo Bellofiore, Al. Campbell, David Kotz, Simon Mohun, Ozgur Orhangazi,  and John Weeks. The Great Financial Meltdown reviews, advocates and critiques the systemic, conjunctural and policy-based explanations for the 2008 crisis. The book expertly examines these explanations to assess their analytical and empirical validity. Comprehensive yet accessible chapters, written by a collection of prominent authors, cover a wide range of political economy approaches to the crisis, from Marxian through to Post Keynesian and other heterodox schools. (June 29, 2016)

Jennifer Wicks-Lim has written It Pays to be White on the Dollars & Sense blog. (June 27, 2016)

Robin Hahnel has written Brexit: Establishment Freakout on Counterpunch.  (June 27, 2016)

Paddy Quick has written Donald Trump and Micro- vs. Macro- Economics on the URPE Blog. (June 27, 2016)

The Steering Committee of the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) is pleased to announce that the 2016-17 URPE Dissertation Fellow is Robin K. Chang, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto, ON. Mr. Chang is awarded this Fellowship and $5,000 (USD) in support of his dissertation “A Marxian Explanation for the Fast Rate of Growth in Healthcare Expenditure”. His dissertation is being supervised by professors Gregory Albo (committee chair, York Univ.), David McNally (York Univ.), and Robert Chernomas (Univ. of Manitoba). Mr. Chang’s dissertation studies the rapid growth in healthcare expenditures in developed countries using Anwar Shaikh’s theory of real competition. Working from this theoretical perspective, the dissertation uses applied input-output analysis of OECD, BEA and SC data to determine whether the healthcare sector experiences technological stagnation. (July 5, 2016)

Ron Baiman's book, The Morality of Radical Economics: Ghost Curve Ideology and the Value Neutral Aspect of Neoclassical Economics has just been published by Routledge. This book is in equal parts a treatise on morality and economics, a critique of neoclassical orthodoxy, a brief for replacing mainstream economics with a radical political economics, and an argument for the abandonment of neoliberal capitalism in favor of democratic socialism. It includes a detailed proposal for a "demand and cost" alternative to "supply and demand" analysis and an in-depth technical critique of both neoclassical "high theory" and "applied microeconomic analysis" demonstrating that these are not only infeasible or immoral, but have directly contributed to public policy disasters. (June 16, 2016)

Routledge has just published  Latin America after the Financial Crisis – Economic Ramifications from Heterodox Perspectives edited by Juan E. Santarcángelo, Orlando Justo, and Paul Cooney. The book explains how the global financial crisis affected Latin America, analyze the main transmission channels that helped the crisis to spread in the region, and understand why this one was not as severe as other crises have been in the past. (June 16, 2016)

Arthur MacEwan has written Do Trade Agreements Forstall Progessive Policy? in the May/June issue of Dollars and Sense. (June 16, 2016)

George Demartino informs us of a conference on Ethics, Integrity, and Responsible Leadership in Economics to be held in the St. Louis area Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th. (June 16, 2016)

Economics in the 21st Century: A Critical Perspective,  written by Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson, has just been published by the University of Toronto Press. Chernomas and Hudson demonstrate how today’s top young economists continue to lead the field in the wrong direction. The recent winners of the John Bates Clark medal, economics’s “baby Nobel,” have won that award for studying important issues such as economic development, income inequality, crime, and health. Examining their research, Chernomas and Hudson show that this work focuses on individual choice,  ignores the systematic role of power in the economic system, and leads to solutions that are of limited effectiveness at best and harmful at worst. (June 15, 2016)

Argeo T. Quiñones-Pérez and Ian J. Seda-Irizarry have written Politics, Primaries and Crisis in Puerto Rico  for Telesur.  A more detailed discussion of the crisis by the same authors is available in their paper Wealth Extraction, Governmental Servitude, and Social Disintegration in Colonial Puerto Rico. (June 15, 2016)

Paddy Quick has written on Brexit on the URPE Blog. (June 15, 2016)

Geoff Schneider informs us that the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics (ICAPE) will hold a conference open to all heterodox economists Can Pluralism Save Economics? Pluralistic Approaches to Teaching and Research in Economics in Chicago on January 5, 2017, immediately before, and nearby, the ASSA meetings. (June 3, 2016)

Patrick Bond has written Imperialism's Junior Partners in Pambazuka News.  The response to the Brazilian coup shows that the BRICS powers are not a real alternative to US imperialism. (June  3, 2016)

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