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Call for URPE Steering Committee Nominations

June 17, 2024
8:00 am
- June 30, 2024
5:00 pm

Call for URPE Steering Committee Nominations
We are now accepting nominations for the URPE Steering Committee. SC members serve a three year term from Fall 2024 to Fall 2027 and are expected to attend meetings throughout year, represent the organization at conferences and events, and be actively involved in the work and subcommittees of the organization. 
Nominees must be current members of URPE.
Self nominations are welcome. 

Click here to submit your nomination!

Nominations will be accepted until June 28th 2024.

Please contact urpe@urpe.org if you have any questions.


June 17, 2024<br />8:00 am EDT
June 30, 2024<br />5:00 pm EDT

Economists for Palestine

We stand in unwavering solidarity with the Palestinian people. Since October 7th, 2023, over two million people have faced a brutal onslaught by the Israeli military and state. They have been forced to flee with nowhere to go as homes, shelters, evacuation routes, border crossings, hospitals, places of worship and entire neighborhoods have been bombed.

We mourn civilian deaths in both Israel and Palestine. Israel’s retaliation for the October 7th incursion continues, however, and over 9,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing assault so far.  More than 8,000 people have been killed in three weeks in Palestine. The estimated number of children among the casualties is over 3,000 and UNICEF estimates that about 420 children have been killed or wounded daily. Even reporters have been threatened with violence or killed.

Since the Nakba 75 years ago, the Palestinian people have endured profound suffering, forced displacement, and a brutal 16-year-long inhumane siege and blockade in Gaza. Human rights organizations have characterized Gaza as ‘the largest open-air prison’.

We also condemn the role of the U.S. state in supporting the ongoing siege in Palestine, its support for the horrors inflicted on Gaza, and its refusal to support a humanitarian ceasefire. It is imperative that we do not turn our backs on the devastating impact of this violence on people’s lives. The fight for Palestinian liberation and a fair, enduring peace in the region is intricately linked with the liberation and resistance efforts spearheaded by indigenous, colonized, and oppressed communities historically and worldwide.

We stand in support of efforts by the Palestinian people to sustain themselves economically through control over their land and their labor. We stand in solidarity with the anti-Zionist Jewish communities that have been raising their voices against the carpet bombing of Gaza, for the liberation of the Palestinian people, and who are working for a just, equitable, and durable peace.

We urgently call for:

(1)    An immediate ceasefire

(2)    Immediate restoration of food, fuel, water, and electricity to the Gaza Strip

(3)    Cessation of all settlement activity and disarmament of all settlers

(4)    Immediate delivery of humanitarian aid on the scale required

(5)    Respect towards the Geneva Conventions by all parties concerned

(6)    An end to apartheid and strident moves toward a democratic future for all people regardless of race, religion, gender identity and nationality

In addition, we strongly uphold the principle of academic freedom, especially in light of the current global climate where individuals in educational institutions worldwide face termination, doxing, and harassment for speaking up against the atrocities of the Israeli state and in support of the civilian population in Gaza. Neglecting this commitment would be a betrayal of our scholarly and moral obligations.

In Solidarity,

The Steering Committee of the Union for Radical Political Economics


November 8, 2023
November 8, 2024

Conference to Celebrate the Life and Work of Jim Crotty

Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 2023


Crotty Hall and Gordon Hall

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA


Sponsored by PERI, The UMass Amherst Dept. of Economics, and Review of Radical Political Economics (RRPE)




July 13, 2023


As a follow up to our “Save the Date” announcement in May, we are now sending you important logistical information about the upcoming memorial conference in honor of Jim Crotty, this coming September 22 and 23 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Here we have a tentative schedule for the conference, important deadlines and information about registration for the event, and information about transportation and lodging, etc. that we hope will be helpful to you. We are very much looking forward to seeing many of you in September.


Conference Schedule and Venue:


The conference will be held for two full days, Friday September 22 and Saturday September 23, at Crotty and Gordon Halls, UMass, Amherst.


On Friday morning, there will be two sessions in which authors will present papers prepared for a special issue of the RRPE in honor of Jim.


Friday afternoon will be a time for remembering and reminiscing. People will have an opportunity to present remarks about Jim and their own experiences with him as a friend, teacher and mentor.


On Saturday, we will have additional sessions with panels for those who have submitted papers on topics related to Jim’s work.


Conference Modes:


Friday’s sessions will be HYBRID with a remote option available. But Saturday’s sessions (paper presentations and discussions) will ONLY be available ONSITE.


Meals, Housing and Transportation



Breakfast and lunch will be provided by PERI and held in Gordon Hall on Friday and Saturday, and we will host a reception on Friday afternoon /evening at Crotty Hall. PERI will also have a dinner for all attendees on Friday night at a venue to be determined. The conference will end late Saturday afternoon.



Participants will be responsible for booking/paying for their own housing for the conference. At the end of this message, we provide a list of motels and hotels in the area. Unfortunately, there is a conference being held at the UMass Hotel/Conference Center during that weekend so there may not be any rooms available there. But as you can see from the list, there are many other options in the area.



Participants are responsible for paying for/providing their own transportation to and from Amherst.


  • By Plane: Bradley (BDL), located between Hartford and Springfield is the closest airport.
  • Train: The closest Amtrak train stop is in Northampton, MA.
  • Bus: Peter Pan Bus has stops in Amherst.
  • By Car: If you are planning to bring a car and will be parking near the Gordon Hall/Crotty Hall complex for the conference, please let Nicole Dunham know so we can arrange for parking passes/information: ndunham@umass.edu.



Important Deadlines:


Paper Proposals: If you would like to present a paper on Saturday, please let us know with a title and abstract NO LATER than August 15. This paper presentation option is ONLY available if you are planning to attend the conference IN PERSON.


Conference Registration Deadline: September 1.  It is necessary for you to register for the conference, so we know who and how many people are attending.


So please fill out and send in this form  to Nicole Dunham ndunham@umass.edu by September 1st at the latest.




For the RRPE papers being presented on Friday, it is important that you send in your PowerPoint presentations (if you are using them) by September 8. Unfortunately, we cannot accept a PDF format.

We very much hope many of you will come to celebrate Jim’s life and work. It will be wonderful to see you.

All the best,


Jerry Epstein, Bob Pollin, and Don Goldstein


Local Hotel Information


Lodging Options Contact Location Distance from UMass
Hotel UMass 877-822-2110 Amherst, MA 0.0 mi.
Inn on Boltwood 413-256-8200 Amherst, MA 1.5 mi.
Courtyard by Marriott Hadley Amherst 413-256-5454 Hadley, MA 3.6 mi.
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Amherst Hadley 413-586-0114 Hadley, MA 3.7 mi.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hadley Amherst 413-387-0583 Hadley, MA 3.7 mi.
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Amherst-Hadley 888-465-4329 Hadley, MA 3.8 mi.
Hampton Inn Hadley-Amherst Area 413-586-8619 Hadley, MA 7.9 mi.
The Hotel Northampton 800-547-3529 Hadley, MA 9.1 mi.
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Springfield Northampton/Amherst 413-587-9800 Northampton, MA 10.7 mi.



September 22, 2023<br />8:00 am EDT
September 23, 2023<br />5:00 pm EDT

Call for Papers – URPE at ASSA 2024

January 5 – 7, 2024

San Antonio, TX – Marriott

Every January URPE sponsors a series of panels at the Allied Social Science Associations meeting to provide a venue for the presentation and discussion of current research in heterodox economics.  In addition, each year the RRPE publishes a selection from the papers presented in a Proceedings Issue.  All presenters at URPE sessions must be URPE members in good standing.

Click here to update your account or join URPE.

Click here to submit an individual paper submission.

Click here to submit a complete session proposal.

URPE invites proposals for complete sessions and individual papers for the URPE at the ASSA’s program.  We welcome submissions on topics of interest to radical political economists from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives.  The deadline for proposed sessions and papers is May 15th, 2023.

Guidelines for Complete Sessions

Proposals for complete sessions should include the following information:

  • Session title
  • A brief abstract of each paper (limited to 250 words)
  • Two JEL bibliographic codes for the proposed panel
  • The names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses of all session participants

Proposals for sessions should contain four papers.  Session organizers are responsible for conveying administrative information to session members, including confirmation that the session has been accepted, the time and location of the session, and the deadlines for distributing papers.

The total number of URPE sessions is limited by the ASSA, and we regret that high-quality session proposals may have to be turned down.  Chairs and discussants should preferably be chosen amongst the panelists.  External discussants and chairs, as well as co-authors, will be not listed on the ASSA program.  However, they will be listed on an URPE program on the URPE website.  The ASSA allocation of sessions is based upon the number of people attending sessions, and the ASSA does not consider chairs, discussants, co-authors, and panelists as attendees.  Thus, we welcome the participation of those who would like to serve as external discussants or chairs, but will not include their names in our submission to the ASSA.

Guidelines for Individual Papers

  • Proposals for individual papers should include the following information:
  • Paper title
  • Abstract (limited to 250 words)
  • Two JEL bibliographic codes for the paper
  • Author’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address

Individual papers that are accepted will be assigned to sessions, and each session will have an assigned chair.  Session chairs are responsible for conveying administrative information to session members, including the time and location of the session, and the deadlines for distributing papers.  We regret that high quality individual papers may be turned down due to the inability to place them in a session with papers with similar themes.

Proposals submitted after the May 15th deadline will not be considered.  You should receive word from URPE about the decision on your session or paper in late June.  The date and time of sessions are assigned by the AEA at the end of August.

Papers and panels that cannot be included on the URPE at ASSA program will automatically be considered for the ICAPE (International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics) conference that immediately precedes the ASSA conference.  The ICAPE conference will take place on January 4, 2024 at St. Mary’s University in San AntonioThe ICAPE conference will also include a virtual component that will take place following the ASSA conference on January 12, 2024.

Please note that all session participants must be a current member of URPE at the time of submission of the session or paper proposal.  Anyone not current with their dues will be notified, after which proposals will be deleted if membership is not made current.  Membership information is available by clicking here.

Applications for individual papers should be made to URPE@ASSA Individual Paper Proposals, or for complete session submissions to URPE@ASSA Complete Session Proposals.

If you have questions or problems with the online submission, please contact email the URPE National Office.  For questions about the meetings, please contact the URPE at ASSA coordinators, Mona Ali and Jared Ragusett.  See the American Economic Association website for general logistical information about the conference, and our past programs page for more information on sessions at the conference.


January 5, 2024<br />8:00 am EST
January 7, 2024<br />5:00 pm EST

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