Issue-2 October, 15, 2004
From the Editor
The second issue of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter has expended in content—heterodox economists apparently are doing more things and want to get other heterodox economists engaged or at least let them know what they are doing. To make the Newsletter manageable, I plan on sending it out on the 15th and 30th of each month, give or take a couple of days. So if you want me to send you material out in the Newsletter please send it to me by the 12th and 27th of each month. I would also like to add that the Newsletter is not an e-journal in that it does not publish papers or act like a journal in any way. If you want to publish an article in a heterodox e-journal, send it to the Post-Autistic Economics Review at http://www.btinternet.com/~pae_news/review.
I would like to call your attention to the call for nominees for the ICAPE Executive Director. John Harvey is stepping down and a new director is needed. Please consider taking up this very important position. Heterodox economists and their associations need to work together and ICAPE provides the structure for this cooperation. Without ICAPE and the joint/collective efforts it has promoted, the world of heterodox economics would be a sadder and more inhospitable place. A second point is of course the call for papers for my Conference on Radical Economics in the 20th Century. Finally, you will notice that UMKC has a job advert. If anybody wants to contact me about it, please do so.
In this issue:
Conference on Radical Economics in the 20th Century: Radical Economics and the Labor Movement
Date: 15 - 17 September
Association for Institutional Thought 2005 Conference – theme: The Methodology of Institutional Economics
Institutional Thought (AFIT) conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM
For detailed information: AFIT2005call.pdf
3rd SCEME Seminar in Economic Methodology
3rd SCEME Seminar in Economic Methodology on 'Systems in the Economy, Theory
and Modelling', Friday, 26 November 2004, University of Stirling, UK.
Seminar contributions in the form of the presentation of a paper, or work-in-progress, or an extended discussion of a relevant monograph. Please submit a one-page proposal by Wednesday 27 October to: Sheila Dow
Stirling Centre for Economic Methodology
Department of Economics
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
The one-day workshop is open to all who are interested in engaging in discussion on the topic, whether or not they submit a proposal to lead discussion with a paper or other contribution. Further details and the registration form are posted on the SCEME website, www.econ.stir.ac.uk/SCEME/events/; the final programme will be posted there in due course. The deadline for registrations will be 12 November.
Association for Heterodox Economics 7th Annual Conference
Pluralism in Economics
For detailed information: Call for AHE 2005 (2).doc
Gide Conference: Do Laws Exist in Economics
Universite de Lille is
holding the biennial conference of the french «Association Charles GIDE
pour l’etude de la pensee economique» next Fall (22, 23 & 24 September
2005) in University of Lille I (North of France) on the topic «Do Laws
exist in Economics? ». If there are no laws, or if there is no unified
body of laws constituting a system, to what extend can economics be
considered as a science or an art? If there are laws, what are they and
how does economics constitute itself by bringing them to light, testing
their empirical validity and endowing them with a rational basis?These
questions suggest a number of tracks. For instance : Semantic track : to
what extent do the attribution of an economist’s name to a law or the
association of economists’ names with other terms (effects,
equilibrium…) reveal the place the discipline attributes in its
development to the history of economic thought? Historical track: what
are the great and small laws that economists have formulated during
modern times and how have their representations of these evolved?
Malthus’ Law, Engel’s Law, Say’s Law or Walras’ Law, the law of supply
and demand, etc… Analytical track: in what sense have some of these
great or small laws constituted signs of opposition or mutual
recognition between different schools and doctrines? Philosophical
track: how did economics break free of morality and moral laws on
justice and on justice and benevolence in affirming a domain where only
the ‘law of self interest’ rules? How did it break free of politics in
affirming the existence of a sphere, independent of any monetary
institution where the ‘Law of value’ only rules?
Trading Justice: NAFTA’s New Links and Conflicts
The Center for Research on Women and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis invite proposals for papers to be delivered March 24-26, 2005 at a multidisciplinary, international symposium on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The symposium will be held at the Fogelman Executive Center on the campus of the University of Memphis.
Proposals that address social inequality and social justice activism, both locally within NAFTA’s signatory countries and across borders, are particularly encouraged. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to, labor activism and worker-to-worker exchanges, local community impacts and civic engagement, the environmental consequences of NAFTA, gender and im/migration, citizenship and racial/ethnic identities, and transnational communities. Papers that include descriptions of specific research experiences and methodological concerns from projects examining NAFTA’s effects during the past decade are especially welcome. Scholarship that explores the future development and possible implications of the NAFTA corridor (I-69, for which Memphis, Tennessee lies at the mid-point) is also of interest.
Interested scholars and activists/practitioners should submit a proposal of approximately 500 words (excluding references) that summarizes their topic, methods of investigation and conclusions. A brief biographical statement and full contact information should also be included. To ensure consideration, proposals must be received by November 1, 2004 at the address below:
Center for Research on Women
The University of Memphis
Clement Hall 337
Memphis, TN 38152
Authors will be notified of the results of their submission by December 15, 2004. Food and lodging expenses at the symposium will be covered for authors of successful proposals. Limited travel assistance is also available, with priority given to participants from Mexico, Canada and other locations outside of the United States.
Autumn Post Keynesian Economics Study Group
Call for Participants
Seminar in Political Economy
Faculty Seminar in
Political Economy at Queens'
Cambridge Realist Workshop
programme of the Cambridge Realist Workshop for the Michaelmas Term. The
workshop is at the CRASSH seminar rooms in Mill Lane. A map showing how
to get there is found on the workshop website
The workshops, which take place every Monday evening, will run from 8pm
until about 10pm, but drinks are available from 7:30pm. The programme
for this Michaelmas 2004 Term is shown below:
8th Workshop of the Research Network “Alternative Conceptions of Macroeconomics Policies under the Conditions of Unemployment, Globalisation and High Public Debt on Wages, Distribution and Growth
For detailed information: 8 Workshop Final Programme.pdf
University of Missouri-Kansas City
A1 General Economics
Portland State University
ECONOMICS, Assistant Professor. Tenure Track, Fall 2005.
An urban/regional economist is sought with expertise in applied policy. Demonstrated interest in promoting economic and financial literacy is desirable. Ph.D. is required. Excellent teaching is expected along with strong scholarship. All faculty are expected to teach general studies courses. Additional duties, including student advisement, as negotiated under collective bargaining agreement. Salary is dependent upon experience. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, resume, brief statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation to: Cheryl R. Kaus, Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, P.O. Box 195, Pomona NJ 08240. Stockton is an AA/EOE. http://www2.stockton.edu/stockton.html
Commission for Labor Cooperation
The Commission for
Labor Cooperation (CLC) is an international organization established
under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC), a
supplementary accord to NAFTA. The agreement commits the three signatory
countries to protect labor rights, improve working conditions and living
standards, and promote cooperation on labor issues across North America.
The Commission is comprised of a Ministerial Council, made up of the
labor ministers of the three Parties, and the CLC Secretariat, the
administrative and research arm of the Commission, located in
For detailed Information: labor.doc
The Reception of the General Theory
For detailed information: programme provisoireV3 (2).doc and
http://johnmaynard.free.fr which has the papers presented at the conference.
Forum: The Spirit of Innovation/International Symposium John Kenneth Galbraith
September, 22-25, 2004 – Paris
Sponsored by the research group on Industry and Innovation (Lab.RII) of the University of Littoral Côte d’Opale and the group IGS (Institute of Social Management), France
The first Forum The Spirit of Innovation / International Symposium John Kenneth Galbraith was held in Paris from the 22nd to the 25th September 2004. It honoured the work of John Kenneth Galbraith. The aims of this symposium were to study again the rich and eclectic thought of this great author but also, according to his approach, to put into light – and to question – today’s’ conventional wisdom, these ideas which are well received by the public, which are repeated, taught and diffused by the media and which are often very far from the economic and social reality. To improve the understanding of the economic reality aims at finding new political perspectives, but also in a context of questioning the methods of teaching economics, it aims at going beyond the traditional and often too abstract ways which cause the lack of interest of students and then of individuals for the economic and social problems of the period. These tasks have often been achieved and gave birth to strong and rich debates within the sessions of this symposium.
To classify John Kenneth Galbraith in a predetermined school of the economic sciences has revealed to be a very difficult task: the influences of the Institutionalists, of the Keynesians and of the Marxists were emphasized but the contributors also concluded that a Galbraithian school did not exist. However, the participants of this conference largely referred to Galbraith’s approach – which associates history and sociology to the economic analysis – and to his main contributions to the economic science: the question of power, of large corporation, financial markets and institutions as well as the analysis of traditional or new countervailing powers were at the centre of the sessions which were dealing with the economic actuality. The issue of innovation included the question of the origins of innovation and its micro or macro economic effects. It also continued the destruction of the myth of a powerful consumer (even if its learning capacity was discussed) all the more so that financial euphoria, riddled with disillusions, still obscures the perception of economic actors. The international context lead the participants to repeat that war is inherent to the functioning of capitalism, destroying resources and opening new perspectives of accumulation. Finally, the role of public institutions has been reaffirmed to support the endogenous creation of resources in developing countries and to boost new forms of co-development between countries of the North and of the South. James K. GALBRAITH’s (University of Texas) presentation “Galbraith a partisan appraisal”, his biographer one’s Richard PARKER (University of Harvard) “Where Galbraith’s ideas come from” and Paul DAVIDSON’s (University of Tennessee) presentation “Galbraith and the Post Keynesian Economists” were the great moments of the event. The honouring presence of Madam Catherine GALBRAITH created a moving atmosphere and the lights of the American Embassy and of the Palais du Luxembourg opened and closed the conference with this strong willingness to follow on, during the next Forum the Spirit of Innovation, the exploration of this non orthodox thought.
Journal of Institutional Economics (JOIE)
The first issue of the Journal of
Institutional Economics (JOIE) will appear in June 2005 and it will be
published by Cambridge University Press.
For detailed information: JOIE.doc
The PERI Newsletter of Research, Policy, and Events
Political Economy Research Institute
Publications from GDAE
GDAE's continuing work on critiques of
cost-benefit analysis and current health and environmental regulatory
debates has led to three recent publications. The first two were
published by the Center for Progressive Regulation
* In "Applying Cost-benefit Analysis to Past
Decisions: Was Protecting the Environment Ever a Good Idea?", Frank
Ackerman, Lisa Heinzerling, and Rachel Massey argue that the style of
cost-benefit analysis of regulations currently favored in Washington
would have led to rejecting most of the past successes of health and
environmental regulation. Case studies examined in depth include the
regulation of lead in gasoline, the decision not to dam the Grand Canyon
in the 1960s, and the regulation of workplace exposure to vinyl
Peter Earl, Tim Wakeley, Business Economics: A Contemporary Approach
Business Economics: A Contemporary Approach
provides students with a practical and useful learning resource that is
rooted firmly in a pragmatic and pluralist approach to economic
analysis. Designed for both undergraduates and MBA students taking their
first course in business economics, the text focuses on introducing
students to the richness of economics as a framework for understanding
business. It is structured around the changing sets of problems that
decision-makers face, such as getting a firm started, keeping the firm
in business despite growing competition, growing the firm and finally,
rejuvenating the firm in the face of declining demand.
For detailed information: http://www.uq.edu.au/economics/index.html?page=22124
Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics
The Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and
Economics (EIPE) invites students to apply for its GRADUATE PROGRAMME in
philosophy and economics, preferably before February 1, 2005 (later
applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis). The
focus of the programme is on interdisciplinary areas where the
Philosophy and Methodology of Economics, on the one hand, and
Institutional Economics, on the other, meet (with particular attention
paid to the new developments in science studies and to the new economics
of institutions and organizations).
ADEK – Association pour le Developpement des Etudes Keynesiennes
For detailed information: adek.pdf
National Jobs for All Coalition: www.njfac.org
The National Jobs for All Coalition is committed to building a new movement for full employment at livable wages. This goal unites a diverse group of otherwise divided, single-issue constituencies. The Coalition includes individuals and organizations with a wide range of interests--workers', women's, children's and seniors' rights, civil rights, and economic justice. Others work on health care, the environment, economic conversion, are academics, social workers and lawyers, artists or simply concerned individuals. The goals of all of us would be easier to reach if there were jobs for all at decent wages.
Center for Progressive Regulation: www.progressiveregulation.org
The Center for Progressive Regulation is a nonprofit research and educational organization of university-affiliated academics with expertise in the legal, economic, and scientific issues related to regulation of health, safety, and the environment. CPR supports regulatory action to protect health, safety, and the environment, and rejects the conservative view that government’s only function is to increase the economic efficiency of private markets. Through research and commentary, CPR seeks to inform policy debates, critique anti-regulatory research, enhance public understanding of the issues, and open the regulatory process to public scrutiny.