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Issue-20, December 5, 2005

From the Editor


I have just read a series of articles that evaluated economics research in Europe. The articles emerged from a project to rank economics departments throughout Europe undertaken by the European Economic Association. The Council of the EEA took the view that the project was important because of the “poor governance structures and inappropriate incentives that still characterized so many European universities. The results [of the project] should help all those attempting to evaluate and develop research capacity, including officials in charge of overseeing and funding universities, and university officers trying to assess the quality of their economic departments (p. 1240).”

The grounds for ranking departments were publications in neoclassical core journals. In fact one of the studies in the project stated that a European economist that did not have the equivalent of one AER paper with a single coauthor over a ten-year period was not qualified to supervise a Ph.D. student because he/she lacked a certain level of intellectual prowess. Since publications in the JPKE, JEI, ROSE, RRPE, ROPE, CJE, C&C, FE, Metroeconomica, any history of economic thought journal, and any other heterodox journal did not count at all, perhaps many if not most of the members of EAEPE, AHE, and CSE, and other heterodox economists in Europe (and in the United States as well) are not really qualified to supervise PhD students, at least in the eyes of their neoclassical colleagues!

In any case, a ranking of European economic departments emerged from the project that ensured that only neoclassical departments are ranked and ranked highly. Since European funding officials use these rankings when making funding decisions because these are the only rankings they have, not publishing in core neoclassical journals is detrimental to heterodox European economists and their departments.

More generally, there have been very many ranking studies of economic journals and departments in the US, UK, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere and they generally are all based on publications in neoclassical core journals and hence result in pro-bias ranking of neoclassical departments; and these rankings have been used to cleanse economic departments of heterodox economists. In this context, it is surprising that heterodox economic associations, such as EAEPE, URPE, AFEE, ASE, AHE, ASHE, and CSE, have not sponsored ranking projects, since the issue of ranking journals and departments that is the single biggest threat facing heterodox economists in Europe and elsewhere around the world.

Perhaps heterodox economists could energize their associations to do something pro-active such as promoting a cooperative project on ranking with other heterodox associations and perhaps with heterodox economic journals. To do nothing is to let mainstream economics dominate and eliminate heterodox economics.

Fred Lee

Neary, J. P., Mirrlees, J. A., and Tirole, J. 2003. “Evaluating Economic Research in Europe: An Introduction.” Journal of the European Economic Association 1.6 (December): 1239 – 1249.


In this issue:

- Call for Papers

          - Empire and Beyond Conference, University of Leeds, UK
          - EACES 9th Bi-annual Conference
          - How Class Works- 2006
          - Food and History: Health, Culture, Tourism and Identity
          - Reclaiming the Economy: the Role of Cooperative Enterprise, Ownership and Control
          - One-day Conference- Retail Trading in Britain
          - Feminist Economics

Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

           - URPE at the ASSA in Boston
           - Occasional Seminar in the History and Philosophy of Economics
           - Fourth Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference
           - Seminar on the History of Postwar Social Science
           - International Conference on Institutional, Social & Radical Economics

- Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

           - Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
           - University of Manitoba
           - Florida International University
           - The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
           - Reader/Professor in Europe and Globalisation
           - Senior Economist / The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) / Washington, DC, USA.
          - London School of Economics- Development Studies Institute (DESTIN)

- Heterodox Conference Papers and Reports and Articles

           - Smith vs.Darwin- Jamie Galbraith

- Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

           - European Journal of the History of Economic Thought
           - Econ Journal Watch
           - La Lettre de la Régulation n°53 Septembre 2005 est parue.
           - INTERVENTION. Journal of Economics
           - Global Footprint Network Newsletter
           - The Talking Economics Bulletin-
           - Friends of Business History
- Heterodox Books and Book Series      

           - Eileen Stillwaggon / AIDS and the Ecology of Poverty
           - Economic Compulsion and Christian Ethics
           - The Evolutionary Foundations of Economics
           - God and the Evil of Scarcity: Moral Foundations of Economic Agency by Albino Barrera (Providence College)

- For Your Information

           - Environmental Policy Update #2: Formulating Effective Energy Policy
           - Revaluing Peasant Coffee Production: Organic and Fair Trade Markets in Mexico



Call for Papers

Empire and Beyond Conference, University of Leeds, UK

7-8 April 2006
Organised by The Conference of Socialist Economists, publishers of the journal Capital and Class
In the last decade or so global capitalism has undergone a radical transformation in a number of contradictory ways:
• Powerful imperialist states seem increasingly willing to cast away old ‘containment’ policies in favour of direct military operations around the world
• These very same imperialist states have also increasingly justified their military plunders under a new ideology of ‘universal human rights’, ‘global right’, and the like
• Nation states around the world centralise power in order to co-ordinate and mediate a number of local, national and global social networks
• The emergence of protectionist policies in the US coupled with a drive to marketise the rest of the world through neo-liberal policies has had profound consequences including increasing inequalities, poverty, political corruption, state crime and economic crises
• Neo-liberal capitalism has thus intensified uneven patterns of development across the globe
• Powerful technologies have emerged that discipline people through seemingly anonymous networks of power
• New rhetoric by global organisations like The World Bank that stresses the need for ‘ordinary’ people to take control of their lives within their communities whilst pushing national governments to maintain neoliberal economic policies
• New modes of global, national and local resistance have arisen to challenge capitalist globalisation

The Left has provided some of the most cogent analyses of these processes, the work of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri arguably being one of the most well known. However, these debates are still ongoing and the re-election of George W. Bush demonstrates the urgency for those on the Left to press forward the debate on these issues within the labour movement and amongst groups working for a progressive, radical and emancipatory politics.

To help continue and facilitate these debates the Conference of Socialist Economists is holding a two-day conference at Leeds University around the theme of Empire and Beyond. Issues to be discussed include:

• Empire and beyond: new imperialism for old?
• The restructuring of the state
• The state debate revisited
• New modes of governance and discipline
• Economic crises
• The political economy of neo-liberalism
• The relevance of post-structuralism for Marxist theory
• Anti-capitalist movements & networks of global resistance
• Human rights, democracy and the West
• Technology, environmentalism and globalisation
• Uneven and combined development: the South and globalisation
• The changing nature of the labour movement and class politics
• Globalisation and its impact upon (popular) culture
• The nature of socialism today

Please submit an abstract to present a paper or a proposal for a panel (3 to 4 speakers discussing an issue or theme) to

EACES 9th Bi-annual Conference

Hosted by European Association for Comparative Economic Studies- Brighton Business School
When? Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 September 2006
Where? University of Brighton, UK
Topic? "Development Strategies - a comparative view"
All prospective participants are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and/or panel
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 January 2006
Acceptance of submitted abstracts: 30 April 2006
Submission of final papers: 30 June 2006
Prospective participants should send an email containing:
• title of the proposed papers and/or panel
• abstract not exceeding 300 words
• personal contact information, ie name, title, institutional affiliation, position and email address to
Marcello Signorelli and
Jens Hölscher

For detailed information: EACESJensNov05.pdf

How Class Works- 2006

A Conference at SUNY Stony Brook, June 8-10, 2006

The Center for Study of Working Class Life is pleased to announce the How Class Works - 2006 Conference, to be held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, June 8 - 10, 2006. Proposals for papers, presentations, and sessions are welcome until December 15, 2005 according to the guidelines below. For more information, visit our Web site at

Purpose and orientation: The conference seeks to explore ways in which an explicit recognition of class helps to understand the social world in which we live, and ways in which analysis of society can deepen our understanding of class as a social relationship. Presentations should take as their point of reference the lived experience of class; proposed theoretical contributions should be rooted in and illuminate social realities. All presentations should be accessible to an interdisciplinary audience.

While the focus of the conference is in the social sciences, presentations from other disciplines are welcome as they bear upon conference themes. Presentations are also welcome from people outside academic life when they sum up social experience in a way that contributes to the themes of the conference. Formal papers will be welcome but are not required.

Conference themes: The conference welcomes proposals for presentations that advance our understanding of any of the following themes.

The mosaic of class, race, and gender. To explore how class shapes racial, gender, and ethnic experience and how different racial, gender, and ethnic experiences within various classes shape the meaning of class.

Class, power, and social structure. To explore the social content of working, middle, and capitalist classes in terms of various aspects of power; to explore ways in which class and structures of power interact, at the workplace and in the broader society.

Class and community. To explore ways in which class operates outside the workplace in the communities where people of various classes live.

Class in a global economy. To explore how class identity and class dynamics are influenced by globalization, including experience of cross-border organizing, capitalist class dynamics, international labor standards.

Middle class? Working class? What's the difference and why does it matter?
To explore the claim that the U.S. is a middle class society and contrast it with the notion that the working class is the majority; to explore the relationships between the middle class and the working class, and between the middle class and the capitalist class.

Class, public policy, and electoral politics. To explore how class affects public policy, with special attention to health care, the criminal justice system, labor law, poverty, tax and other economic policy, housing, and education; to explore the place of electoral politics in the arrangement of class forces on policy matters.

Pedagogy of class. To explore techniques and materials useful for teaching about class, at K-12 levels, in college and university courses, and in labor studies and adult education courses.

How to submit proposals for How Class Works - 2006 Conference

Proposals for presentations must include the following information: a) title; b) which of the seven conference themes will be addressed; c) a maximum 250 word summary of the main points, methodology, and slice of experience that will be summed up; d) relevant personal information indicating institutional affiliation (if any) and what training or experience the presenter brings to the proposal; e) presenter's name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address. A person may present in at most two conference sessions. To allow time for discussion, sessions will be limited to three twenty-minute or four fifteen-minute principal presentations. Sessions will not include official discussants.

Proposals for sessions are welcome. A single session proposal must include proposal information for all presentations expected to be part of it, as detailed above, with some indication of willingness to participate from each proposed session member.

Submit proposals as hard copy by mail to the How Class Works - 2006 Conference, Center for Study of Working Class Life, Department of Economics, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384 or as an e-mail attachment to

Timetable: Proposals must be postmarked by December 15, 2005.
Notifications will be mailed on January 16, 2006. The conference will be at SUNY Stony Brook June 8- 10, 2006. Conference registration and housing reservations will be possible after February 15, 2006. Details and updates will be posted at

Conference coordinator:
Michael Zweig
Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life Department of Economics SUNY Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384

Please note, all paper presenters will need to register for the conference and pay a discounted presenter s fee for the day(s) they would like to attend.

Food and History: Health, Culture, Tourism and Identity

2nd Conference Announcement and Call for Papers - Extension to Deadline
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 29 June 1 July 2006

We have received a lively and interesting response to the first announcement and call for papers for this conference, but the first deadline now seems to us to have been too early, so we have decided to extend the deadline to 10 January 2006.

'Food and eating practices are at the centre of the new concern in western societies about the body, self-control, health, risk, consumption and identity' (Deborah Lupton). This international, interdisciplinary conference, organised by the Faculty of Health and Department of Humanities at the University of Central Lancashire, seeks to explore these issues in original ways and in historical perspective through plenary and parallel sessions. It brings together methodologies drawn from the humanities and the medical sciences to interpret and challenge current myths about the history, production and consumption of! food and to explore the roles of taste, texture, and technology in constituting id entities and marketing experiences in this sphere. Within this framework a strand dealing with the relationships between tourism, food and history will run through the conference, under the auspices of the International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism.

We invite papers which address physiological, psychological and political aspects of food, health, history, tourism and identity, as well as examining issues relating to food production, regulation and marketing, and analysing representations of and responses to food, health, history and tourism in cultural practices and media outlets, whether these focus on literature, film, television or the arts. Participants are encouraged to interpret these proposals generously and to adopt interdisciplinary approaches, as befits the traditions of this University of Central Lancashire conference series. The language of the conference will be English.

Abstract guidelines
Abstracts of 2-300 words should be sent as e-mail attachments in the first instance to the conference administrator, Liz Kelly: The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2006

Intending participants should supply, on a separate page, author's name, work address with telephone, fax and e-mail, job title and abstract title. Papers will be made available in advance on the conference website and where appropriate on the International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism website at

In order to facilitate this process participants are asked to send copies of their paper to the conference organiser at least two weeks in advance of the conference opening.

Who should attend:
Participation and attendance are encouraged from academics and practitioners across a spectrum of disciplines, from the health professions through food, history and tourism studies to literary, cultural and media studies. Papers are welcomed from all strata of the academic profession, including postgraduates and research assistants, and plenary speakers will be of international standing

Reclaiming the Economy: the Role of Cooperative Enterprise, Ownership and Control

An International Conference on Cooperative Forms of Organization
Joint Sponsors:
Welsh Institute for Research into Cooperatives, UWIC Business School, Society for Cooperative Studies, OU Cooperatives Research Unit, Cooperatives-UK, Cooperative College and Collective for Alternative Organisation Studies, Leicester University.

Cynoced Campus, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, 6-8 September 2006.

This international conference is designed to explore the profile of cooperative forms of organization with a view to establishing a multidisciplinary research agenda which serves the mutual interests of both academics and practitioners.
To this end, we invite submissions from academics, co-operators, managers and policy makers with either a practical or research interest in co-operative organization. With such a range of perspectives, we anticipate that the various contributions will reflect a mix of international, national and local experience about both the social practice of co-operation and the theoretical concerns which inform such practices.

Conference Organization:
The conference will combine plenary sessions with conventional academic presentations and ‘theory-practice’ workshops.

Academic Presentations:
The precise conference streams will emerge from submissions. However, we anticipate papers that will organize themselves within the following themes:

1. Institutional forms of cooperative organization.
2. How cooperative ownership, governance and control regulate work, the economy and social activity.
3. The relationship between cooperatives and other sections of the social economy and/or multi-stakeholding forms of organisation.
4. Cooperatives’ relationship with the public and private sectors.
5. Cooperative history and culture
6. Cooperatives as a radical and/or international alternative social movement.
7. The link between cooperative organization and ecological sustainability.

‘Theory-practice’ workshops:
To articulate a creative dialogue between academic, practitioner and policy-making perspectives we propose to include ‘theory-practice’ workshops which will be ‘practice-driven’. Again, the precise themes will emerge from submissions, but suitable topics might include:

1. Priorities for cooperative development over the next 10 – 20 years.
2. Cooperative management and governance, work organisation and trade unions
3. New directions: ethical consumption (fair trade, sustainability), the knowledge economy
4. Financing social enterprises and cooperatives
5. Cooperation in the ‘knowledge economy’.
6. Cooperatives and Public Services provision.
7. Developments in the retail cooperative sector and its supply chain

Submission Process:
All submissions and conference communications will be conducted by email. Papers are invited from academics, practitioners and/policy-makers on any of the foregoing topics. Prospective contributors should send an abstract of approx. 800 words to the conference organisers by 10th February 2006. Notification of acceptance will be given by 7th March 2006 and full papers are required by 30th June 2006.

Abstracts should be typed using double spacing and include:
- the title of the paper;
- the name(s), and affiliation(s) of the author(s) and,
- an author contact address, e-mail and telephone/fax number

Copies of submissions should be sent as an email attachment (saved as a Word document or a text file) to: If email is not available postal submissions may be sent to Molly Scott Cato, UWIC Business School, Colchester Avenue, Cardiff, CF23 9XR.

Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives
Wales’s first national research unit on the social economy was established in April 2000 with the aim of providing strategic and applied research covering all aspects of the social economy. It is based at the Business School of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. For more information see our website:

One-day Conference- Retail Trading in Britain

20 September 2006
University of Wolverhampton
Half a century since the publication of J.B. Jeffery’s Retail Trading in Britain, 1850-1950, CHORD (the Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) invites proposals for papers and sessions exploring Jeffery’s legacy and discussing new approaches to the history of the British retail trade. Papers from all disciplinary perspectives and historical periods (including before 1850 and after 1950) are welcome.
Themes and issues might include (but are not limited to):
The 'primitive' nature of pre-1850 retailing? The retailing 'revolution'.
The 'development of co-operative, multiple shop and department store methods of trading'
Supermarkets, hypermarkets and self-service
Urban and rural retailing. Networks of distribution and credit
The independent shopkeeper. Formal and informal retailing
Catalogues, mail order and the internet
Advertising and marketing
Retailing, consumption and consumer society
The dead-line for proposals (incl. 200 words abstract) is 31 March 2006.
Proposals should be sent (preferably electronically) to:
Dr. Laura Ugolini, HAGRI/HLSS, MC233, MC Building, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SB.
Conference web-page:
CHORD web-pages:

Feminist Economics
A Special Issue on: Aids, Sexuality, and Economic Development, Guest Edited by Cecilia Conrad and Cheryl R. Doss
For more information visit


Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

URPE at the ASSA in Boston

The complete schedule for URPE events at the URPE at ASSAs is now posted on its web site, The latest URPE Newsletter is also posted. CHECK URPE OUT!!!

Occasional Seminar in the History and Philosophy of Economics

17:00, Friday 6 January 2006
Speaker: Maria Cristina Marcuzzo, Rome, La Sapienza
Topic: "Keynes and Cambridge"
Venue: CPNSS Seminar Room, T206, Second Floor, Lakatos Building, LSE,Portugal Street, off Kingsway, London WC2A

Fourth Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference

The Conference Program is now available via the Program Link:

Abstracts should be available shortly

Please note that the location of this year's conference has changed. It is now in the Centre of Campus, in the Central Lecture Block: MAP
Conference Website :

Seminar on the History of Postwar Social Science

Philippe Fontaine and Roger Backhouse are organising a monthly seminar on the History of Postwar Social Science, to take place at LSE
starting in January 2006. Details are available at

The seminars arranged so far are:

Tuesday, 17 January 2006 5:00-6:30 pm
A. H. Halsey- Nuffield College, University of Oxford
British 20th Century Sociology in International and Interdisciplinary Context

Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 5:00-6:30 pm
Adam Kuper- Brunel University
Alternative Histories of British Social Anthropology

Tuesday, 14 March 2006, 5:00-6:30 pm
Roger Backhouse- University of Birmingham
Economics in the Postwar Period

Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 5:00-6:30 pm
Ron Johnston- Bristol University
Sixty Years of Change in Human Geography

Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 5:00-6:30 pm
Michael Kenny- University of Sheffield
The History of Political Science in Britain: Issues and Turning Points

Tuesday, 6 June 2006, 5:00-6:30 pm
History of Postwar Social Science
Mitchell G. Ash- University of Vienna, Austria
Psychology in History after 1945: Expansion, Fragmentation, "Americanization"

International Conference on Institutional, Social & Radical Economics

“The Great Capitalist Restoration, Disembedded Economy & Nurturance Gap —A Festschrift Celebration for James Ronald Stanfield” ** at the ASSAs (**Veblen-Commons Award Recipient 2006)
Boston, 5 January 2006, 9.00-5.30*
Room - ‘Adams A’, Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel (40 Dalton Street, 3rd Floor)

Day before most ASSA meetings – Hotel Details - (ASSA Hotel No 10)

4 January Pre-Conference Dinner (Informal) 6.30-9.00pm (Apropos Restaurant, Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton St)
5 January Conference Itinerary – ‘Adams A’ Room, Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel
9.15 – 9.30 Coffee, Tea & Orange Juice
9.30– 10.40: The Colorado School
Ronnie Phillips, Colorado State University, “The Colorado School of Institutional Economics”
John Marangos, Colorado State University, “The Political Economy of Institutions and Transitional Economies”
10.50-12.00: Polanyi-Stanfield, Globalisation and Cultural Conflict
Doug Brown, University of Northern Arizona, “The Polanyi-Stanfield Contribution: Re-embedded Globalization”
Arno Tausch, Ministerial Advisor to Austrian Government, “Beyond Cultural Warfare: Polanyi, Europe, and the Muslim World”
Lunch 12.00-1.15pm (Provided) -- “Mass. Ave Deli Buffet”
1.20-2.30: Nurturance, the Economic Surplus and Post-Neoliberal Governance
William Waller, Hobart and Smith College, “Nurturance and the Art of Living: The Caring Economics of J. Ron Stanfield
Mary Wrenn, Weber State University, “The Economic Surplus as a Fund for Social Change and Post-Neoliberal Governance”
2.45 – 4.00: Ron Stanfield & Socioeconomic Progress
Phil O’Hara, Curtin University, “The Contribution of James Ronald Stanfield to Institutional, Social and Radical Economics”
Ron Stanfield, Colorado State University, “The Great Capitalist Restoration and Human Progress: A Somewhat Personal View”
4.15 – 5.30: Celebratory Drinks and Food

[See you also at the Veblen-Commons Award Luncheon (details from AFEE in December)]

* Everyone is welcome to attend the conference. There are no conference fees. The conference is hosted by the Global Political Economy Research Unit. If you are interested in contributing a paper to the festschrift book, etc, contact or For a record of Ron Stanfield’s academic contributions see:
For formatted invitation see:


Job Postings for Heterodox Economists

Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

A0 General Economics
Rollins College, one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Florida, is a small (1,725 students), comprehensive, liberal arts college located in Winter Park, FL, that emphasizes innovative and quality teaching in small classes. The College's Department of Economics seeks two tenure track Assistant Professors beginning fall 2006. Teaching load is three courses per semester, including core courses in the major and electives. Successful candidates should have Ph.D. in Economics in hand or expected by August 2006, and should have demonstrated excellence in teaching multiple courses. The Department seeks generalists in economics who are committed to quality teaching and research, enjoy engaging colleagues of diverse perspectives, and are eager to participate in our department's curricular reform project focusing on the content and teaching of the economics major. Department is interested in, but not limited to, candidates with a developed interest in behaviorist or experimentalist economics, game theory, economics pedagogy, area studies, economic history, history of economic thought, political economy, feminist economics, philosophy of social sciences, and non-mainstream economics. Applicants should send current curriculum vitae, a recent writing sample, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing their teaching experience and their interest in the position. Review of applications will begin in early December and continue until the positions are filled. Interviews will be held at the Boston AEA meetings in January. Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons of color and women are therefore encouraged to apply. CONTACT: Prof. Eric A. Schutz, Chair; Faculty Position Search; Department of Economics; 1000 Holt Ave. - 2751; Rollins College; Winter Park, Florida 32789. Applications may be sent electronically to

A0 General Economics
C0 Statistics
Rollins College, one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Florida, is a small (1,725 students), comprehensive, liberal arts college located in Winter Park, FL, that emphasizes innovative and quality teaching in small classes. The College's Department of Economics seeks a non-tenure track Lecturer beginning fall 2006. The position is renewable and with full benefits. Teaching load is three or four courses per semester, including statistics and other core courses and possibly electives in the Economics major. Successful candidates should have at least a masters degree, and should have demonstrated excellence in teaching multiple courses. Applicants should send current curriculum vitae, a recent writing sample, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing their teaching experience and their interest in the position. Review of applications will begin in early December and continue until the position is filled. Candidates may be interviewed at the Boston AEA meetings in January. Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons of color and women are therefore encouraged to apply. CONTACT: Prof. Eric A. Schutz, Chair; Faculty Position Search; Department of Economics; 1000 Holt Ave. - 2751; Rollins College; Winter Park, Florida 32789. Applications may be sent electronically to

University of Manitoba

Department of Economics- Faculty of Arts
Canadian Economic Policy The Department of Economics at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Canadian Economic Policy. This appointment would be effective July 1, 2006. The successful candidate who holds a PhD will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor.
The successful candidate who is scheduled to complete their doctoral dissertation shortly after July 1, 2006 will be initially offered a term appointment at the rank of Lecturer until their PhD is completed.
The rank and salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate, but this is an entry-level position. Responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate teaching and examination in the core components of the departmental program, graduate supervision, a productive research program, and service- related activities. Applications are welcome from candidates working in all schools of thought, ranging from mainstream to heterodox economics. The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applications for this position must include a letter of application and a curriculum vitae.
As well, three confidential letters of reference must be received directly from the applicant’s referees. Candidates should also include a sample of scholarly writing and evidence of effective teaching, such as teaching evaluations and sample course outlines. Applications and letters of reference should be sent to Professor Wayne Simpson, Head, Department of Economics, 501 Fletcher Argue Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB., R3T 5V5, Canada. Tel: (204) 474-9274; Fax
(204) 474-7681. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2006. Further information concerning the Department and the University may be obtained from or by e-mailing your questions to
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).

Florida International University

Research Associate with the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP), Florida International University.
RISEP is looking for a research associate. We are hoping to fill the position anytime between now and January 2006. Job description is below.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Research Associate with the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) at Florida International University.
This is a 12 month position at Florida International University funded entirely from “soft” money raised through grants from foundations and other funders. If we are successful in continuing to raise funds, the job will continue in future years, although this is not guaranteed. It is housed on the University Park campus of Florida International University. The person filling this position must have an automobile for purposes of transportation.
The RISEP Research Associate’s primary responsibility is to conduct social science research related to RISEP’s mission of addressing issues of concern to working class and low income individuals and communities, as directed by the institute’s director and project manager. The research associate must be able to extract and download databases from various sources and perform quantitative analysis on them. Familiarity with at least one of the standard social science database programs such as STATA, SPSS, NVivo, etc., is required. Familiarity and ability to use the GIS mapping system is a plus, but is not required. Definitely suitable for a recent Masters or PhD recipient.
The research associate must also be able to conduct social science surveys, to input and maintain data from such surveys, and perhaps also oversee others conducting surveys. He or she must also be able to interview others to obtain more detailed information, and to write up the results. The research associate also must be able to write or co-write research reports for the institute.
The research associate must be able to interact in a productive manner with those who will be providing information for research projects or those helping to guide the research questions being asked. Thus, ability to relate positively to government or economic development or other information source officials, labor leaders, community organizing group leadership, faith-based community organizing group leaders, and the like is important. Likewise, the research associate will be required to conduct research and write reports as part of a team, so “teamwork skills” are important.
Salary: Commensurate with experience; competitive.
Those interested in applying should forward a resume and cover letter to Bruce Nissen either electronically ( or by snail mail: Bruce Nissen, Florida International University, LC 311, University Park, Miami, FL 33199.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma invites applications for a tenure-track economics position at the Assistant Professor rank, beginning August 2006. The successful candidate will teach both introductory and upper-division coursework leading to a B.A. degree in economics and will team-teach in USAO’s interdisciplinary general education core curriculum. Possible interdisciplinary coursework includes Political and Economic Systems and Theories, American Civilization, and World Thought and Culture.

A Ph.D. in Economics or related field preferred, but ABDs will be considered. Applications from all economic traditions are welcomed. The successful candidate will display evidence of excellence in teaching, intellectual breadth, and a desire to teach in an interdisciplinary, liberal arts environment.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the state’s public liberal arts college. Founded in 1908, the University has a long history of providing an interdisciplinary, liberal arts curriculum at an affordable price. For five consecutive years USAO has been ranked by US News as the best public comprehensive baccalaureate institution in the Western United States and listed as a best value. The University has recently received significant infusions of new state funding and is in the process of substantially raising its admission standards. USAO is located 35 miles southwest of Oklahoma City in Chickasha, a city of 16,000 residents who enjoy a low cost of living.

For application information, see the USAO website at

In addition to this “official” job posting, I’d add that USAO is a very unique college and a wonderful place to work. The University is small, with about 1500 students. Our general education core is unique in the state, and is very different from most other liberal arts colleges. The mandated set of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) courses spans all 4 years, and much of the 49 hour core is team-taught. The state Regents for Higher Education have recently committed to making USAO a premiere public liberal arts university, allowing us to substantially raise admission standards and internal academic standards. The Economics program is small—I’m the only economist—but it’s very much integrated into the rest of the Social Sciences. I teach not only economics courses but an IDS course with a political scientist and an American Civ course with a historian. This is a great place for a heterodox economist. If anyone would like more information on the University or the job opening, you can email me at

Reader/Professor in Europe and Globalisation

Available from March 2006
Reader Salary: £38,076 - £47,151 per annum inc.
Professor Salary: from £43,560 per annum min. + up to 10% performance related pay
The Institute for the Study of European Transformations (ISET) and the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) are seeking to make a joint senior appointment to provide academic leadership in the key area of Europe and Globalisation. We are looking for a labour market specialist, preferably with expertise on transnational migrations, who will be keen to develop interdisciplinary approaches, identify funding opportunities and lead funding applications and projects.
You will have a strong academic background in economics, ideally combined with sociology, political science or social policy, as well as a strong research profile and publication record, which you will be expected to develop further. Successful experience in funding applications and research project management is essential.

For an informal discussion please contact the Director of ISET, Professor Mary Hickman ( or the Director of
WLRI, Professor Steve Jefferys (

Please quote the reference: 942PN
Closing date for receipt of applications: 13 December 2005
Interviews will take place in January 2006
Terms and Conditions are under review
Applications are welcome from any candidates with appropriate qualifications/experience.
For more information go to link  or email:
Please note we do not accept CVs. It is necessary to complete the full application form.

Senior Economist / The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) / Washington, DC, USA.

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) seeks a senior-level economist to play a leadership role in its Poverty Reduction and Economic Governance (PREG) team. ICRW is a nonprofit organization that conducts policy-oriented research, provides technical assistance, and undertakes strategic communications and advocacy activities to improve the economic, health and social status of women in the developing world.
The Senior Economist will play a leadership role in the PREG team to develop research, technical assistance and policy-advocacy on issues of poverty reduction and economic governance.

- Ph.D. or equivalent in economics, preferably with a specialization in development, labor or agricultural economics or related topic;
- Minimum of seven years of research, program and/or policy experience on gender and development issues;
- Proven track record in securing resources;
- Strong research skills;
- Strong leadership capabilities;
- An ability to be creative and work collaboratively.
- Strong writing and presentation skills essential.


Please submit cover letter, resume, salary requirements and a writing sample to:

Senior Economist
Director, Human Resources
1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 302
Washington, DC 20036

You may also e-mail this information to: ( or fax it to (202) 797-0020, attention ''Human Resources.'' Website:

London School of Economics- Development Studies Institute (DESTIN)

Lecturer (Asst Prof) in the Political Economy of Development
Starting date: 1 October 2006
Salary: £26,700 - £39,300 pa incl (Salary is subject to qualifications and experience)

The position is tenure track.
Qualifications: You should have a PhD (or be able to deliver a copy of your completed thesis if requested) and significant research experience in the developing world. You should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of political economy and development theories and an aptitude to engage in interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research supervision.
More information on DESTIN is available at

For a full application pack, please see If you cannot download the pack, please email, quoting reference number AC/05/12.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 20th January 2006.


Heterodox Conference Papers and Reports and Articles

Smith vs.Darwin- Jamie Galbraith

For an interesting article on the invisible hand, see the attached article by Jamie Galbraith.


Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

European Journal of the History of Economic Thought

Volume 12 Number 3/September 2005 is now available on the web site at

The following URL will take you directly to the issue:

This issue contains:

The Sraffa-enigma: Introduction, p. 373
Luigi L. Pasinetti
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Piero Sraffa: emigration and scientific activity (1921 – 45) * p. 379
Nerio Naldi
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Sraffa and the Marshallian tradition*, p. 403
Annalisa Rosselli
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Piero Sraffa at the university of Cambridge *, p. 425
Maria Cristina Marcuzzo
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On a turning point in Sraffa's theoretical and interpretative position in the late 1920s *, p. 453
Pierangelo Garegnani
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Removing an 'insuperable obstacle' in the way of an objectivist analysis: Sraffa's attempts at fixed capital * p. 493
Heinz D. Kurz, Neri Salvadori
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Joint production: Triumph of economic over mathematical logic?*, p. 525
Bertram Schefold
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Michio Morishima and history: an obituary, p. 553,
Takashi Negishi
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If you are not a current subscriber to this publication, you can request a free sample issue at:;104706
More information can be found at

Econ Journal Watch

Econ Journal Watch is shifting its publication by one month. Henceforth, the triannual journal will appear in January, May, and September. We are making the transition by delaying the next issue until January 2006, which will be marked as the start of the new volume (vol. 3, no. 1).

La Lettre de la Régulation n°53 Septembre 2005 est parue.

Elle est diffusée électroniquement et a conservé son format de 6 pages avec un point théorique et des informations sur les publications et les activités de l'association.

Vous y trouverez un point théorique de :

La construction sociale des marchés
Benjamin Coriat (CEPN-IIDE, UMR CNRS 7115, Univ. Paris 13)
Olivier Weinstein (CEPN-IIDE, UMR CNRS 7115, Univ. Paris 13)


Vous pourrez également trouver les précédentes Lettres de la régulation sur le site.
Nous vous rappelons ci-après les points théoriques des 12 derniers mois.

Lettre N°52
Les crises financières contemporaines : entre nouveauté et répétition
Mario Dehove (CEPN-Univ. Paris Nord)
Dominique Plihon (CEPN-Univ. Paris Nord)

Lettre N°51
Les régulations du capitalisme financier
Michel Aglietta, FORUM (université Paris X – Nanterre) et Cepii
Antoine Rebérioux, FORUM (université Paris X – Nanterre)

Lettre n°50
Taxes, benefits and the distribution of incomes
John Morley, Univ. of Nottingham, Business School
Terry Ward, Alphametrics, Cambridge and Applica, Brussels

INTERVENTION. Journal of Economics

In March 2004, the premier issue of "INTERVENTION. Journal of Economics" was published. Now the forth issue of our German-English journal is available.
INTERVENTION sees itself as a forum for heterodox approaches in economic theory and policy. The aims are mutual exchange and the discussion of different perspectives from different economic schools off the economic mainstream. The journal comes out on a half-yearly basis in March/April and October/November, respectively.
The "Articles" section of the current issue features peer-reviewed contributions by Eduard Gracia, Gunther Tichy, and Arne Heise.
Additionally, the issue includes in its "Forum" section contributions on different countries and regions: development in Africa, economic growth in China, offshoring in the U.S., and the British economy. Also included is an assessment of the new collective agreement of public services in Germany, a contribution on the Rationality Hypothesis in economics, and an interview with Amit Bhaduri. The article by Jan Priewe on China's continuing growth as well as the text on offshoring in the U.S. by Charles Whalen may be downloaded for free at There you can also find further information on the journal as well as subscription information.
links to the free downloads:

Contribution Priewe
Contribution Whalen:


Global Footprint Network Newsletter

European Environment Agency Launches "The European Environment - State and Outlook 2005" - Global Ecological Limits a Central Theme

November 29, 2005
Today in Brussels the European Environment Agency (EEA) released its much awaited report
The European Environment - State and Outlook 2005, featuring the Ecological Footprint, which shows that it takes 2.1 times the biological capacity of Europe to support Europe.

Jacqueline McGlade
"In formulating policy today, Europe ...has an obligation to look beyond ... its own borders," states Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency. "Europe cannot continue down the path of achieving its short-term objectives by impacting disproportionately on the rest of the world's environment through its Ecological Footprint."

Michael Meacher
EEA commissioned Global Footprint Network and its partners, Stockholm Environment Institute, New Economics Foundation and WWF International to prepare a special subreport on Europe's interaction with the global environment, which in turn informed the State and Outlook 2005 report. Michael Meacher, MP and former UK Minister of Environment, emphasizes the importance of this analysis, stating that "Understanding our ecological demand and its reach beyond national boundaries allows us to get prepared for the future. It is not that different from our financial expenditures. If we don't track them, we waste them; if we overdraw our 'ecological accounts,' we are undermining our future."

Europe's well-being and economic performance depend on healthy ecosystems. Europe's stewardship of its own lands has been relatively stable for the past 40 years, and the large rise in European consumption has been fed mainly by non-domestic resources. In 1961, Europe's consumption exceeded its own biocapacity by just a few per cent; by 2002, Europe was using more than twice its own biocapacity.

Georgina M. Mace
Georgina M. Mace, Director of Science, Zoological Society of London summarizes it this way: "In a global economy, wealthy urban centres get much of their supply from far away. They depend on ecosystems they have never seen. Hence, overused and failing ecosystems, even if distant, become a threat to the well-being of these very urban centres."

Europe (defined as the 25 EU countries plus Switzerland) is the largest economy in world history, and its consumption has never been greater. In her speech, Jacqueline McGlade said, "Europeans' consumption may be half of that of people living in the USA, but it is double that of people living in Brazil, India and China."
In 1961, the population of European nations made up over 12 percent of world population with a demand on global ecological capacity of just under 10 percent. By 2002, Europe's population comprised only 7 percent of the world total but its demand on global ecological capacity doubled, to nearly 20 percent.

What are the opportunities for Europe today? McGlade explained that "Many of our envrionmental problems are rooted in the way we use our land, the way we trade and the way we consume." The report lays out an economic policy framework for addressing these issues focusing on:
• shifting taxes away from labor and investment and toward pollution and the inefficient use of materials and land;
• economic reforms shifing subsidies that are applied to transport, housing and agriculture; and
• subsidies encouraging sustainable practices and efficienty technologies.

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Similarly, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Chairman of the German Bundestag Environment Committee and author of the book Factor Four says "It helps to look into the truth mirror. But what can we do to stop exporting Footprints that devastate the outside world? Well, technologies and habits are available to reduce the size of our Footprints by a factor of two or even four without jeopardising the quality of our European life."

Stay tuned for more from EEA and Global Footprint Network
Global Footprint Network's contribution to the State and Outlook 2005 is only one part of this large and comprehensive report. Stay tuned for an upcoming stand alone excerpt of the report (current working title: More than Two Europes: The European Footprint) scheduled for publication by the EEA next year. This excerpt will explore in greater detail the Footprint implications of European trade flows, social trends, and policies for decoupling economic performance and ecological impact and will discuss options and scenarios for reducing Europe's Footprint.

As part of the research and analysis for the State and Outlook 2005 report, the EEA funded Global Footprint Network's update of its National Biocapacity and Footprint Accounts, the underlying dataset which serves as the basis for all Footprint analyses worldwide. A summary of the new Accounts are available on EEA's website.

To download the State and Outlook 2005 report, go

Methodological Standards Available for Public Review
A critical component of wide adoption of the Ecological Footprint is the development of methodological standards to ensure that Footprints are comparable wherever they are calculated in the world. Check our home page starting on Friday, December 2nd, for our first set of standards available for public review.

The Talking Economics Bulletin-

1) Financial Literacy, Talking Economics Monthly Dec 05, Editorial
2) Associative Economics Events in the UK and abroad
3) Gold and Beyond - What Underpins Money?
4) Rare Albion: A Monetary Allegory (The Further Adventures of the Wizard from Oz), a review by Stephen Vallus

(For detailed information: The Talking Economics Bulletin.pdf )

The associative approach to economics is based on the idea that economic life is the shared responsibility of every human being. Talking Economics is about making this responsibility conscious and finding ways to give it effect.

The Centre for Associative Economics, Forge House, The Green, Chartham, Canterbury, CT4 7JW, 01227 738207

Friends of Business History

Electronic newsletter of "Friends of Business of History" is available at


Heterodox Books and Book Series

Eileen Stillwaggon / AIDS and the Ecology of Poverty

Why does AIDS policy ignore much of what is known about epidemics and why they spread? HIV/AIDS flourishes where people are dying of myriad other diseases that are almost unknown among affluent populations. AIDS and the Ecology of Poverty draws on conventional epidemiology, which recognizes that people who are malnourished, burdened with parasites and infectious diseases, and who lack access to medical care are vulnerable to other diseases, regardless of whether they are transmitted by air, water, food, or sexual contact. HIV/AIDS is no exception. This book delivers a telling critique of the behavioral explanation of epidemic AIDS and the stereotypes that lie beneath it. It also shows how the methodologies applied in recent epidemiology and health economics are based on a one-risk-fits-all model that ignores the greater vulnerability of poor people and gives rise to policies that are narrow, shortsighted, and dead-end.

Eileen Stillwaggon combines the insights of economics and biology to explain the epidemic spread of HIV/AIDS in poor populations in developing and transition countries. Drawing on a wealth of scientific evidence, the author demonstrates that the HIV/AIDS epidemic cannot be stopped in isolation. She offers pragmatic solutions to economic, social, and health problems that beset poor populations and contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS. The message of this book is optimistic because the solutions to almost all of the co-factor conditions and infections that promote HIV are already known, and the institutions that make those solutions available to poor people already exist.

"Imaginative, innovative, integrative and critical in the best scholarly tradition: an outstanding contribution to debates about HIV/AIDS in poor countries and communities. This book should be read by all working in the field, but above all by those working in prevention." Tony Barnett, London School of Economics

“Through the dark first quarter century of the AIDS epidemic, the world has been waiting for this brilliant book. It shows in detail how flawed analysis, ineffectual policies and demeaning stereotypes resulted in a narrow focus on changing individual sexual and drug-using behaviour, but failed to incorporate the underlying poverty determinants of malnutrition, other illnesses, and parasitic infections. Millions of HIV infections would have been averted if AIDS interventions had addressed the issues raised in this book. Millions of AIDS deaths would never have occurred. To redeem the future, policy and practice must extend beyond current fire-fighting measures and engage with the underlying causes of the AIDS epidemic through simple and low-cost solutions such as those proposed in this book.” M. J. Kelly, S.J., former Professor of Education, University of Zambia, Lusaka

“Dr. Stillwaggon makes a clear and compelling case why poverty reduction must be a central and integrated component of strategies to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS. She documents why addressing the social and biological context in which the epidemic spreads is essential. Sadly, impoverished communities without access to clean water, adequate food and primary health care experience firsthand the validity of her analysis.” Kathryn Wolford, President, Lutheran World Relief

"Stillwaggon's analysis delves into the sociocultural and economic aspects of why the global AIDS pandemic is inextricably linked to the global crisis of poverty. She proves with empirical evidence that poverty is the enabling environment or petri dish for rapid HIV transmission. Our global response to this pandemic must urgently take heed of Stillwaggon's call for a new paradigm of action. Poverty spreads HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS spreads poverty and we must respond accordingly." Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director, Global AIDS Alliance

About the Author: Eileen Stillwaggon is Associate Professor of Economics at Gettysburg College. She was educated at Georgetown, Cambridge, and American Universities. Her research includes work in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Argentina, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Lithuania, and on the Ute Reservation in Utah.

Economic Compulsion and Christian Ethics

Series: New Studies in Christian Ethics (No. 24), Albino Barrera
Providence College, Rhode Island

Markets can often be harsh in compelling people to make unpalatable economic choices any reasonable person would not take under normal conditions. Thus workers laid off in mid-career accept lower paid jobs that are beneath their professional experience for want of better alternatives. Economic migrants leave their families and cross borders (legally or illegally) in search of a livelihood and countless Third World families rely on child labor to supplement meagre household incomes. These are examples of economic compulsion, an all-too-frequent state of affairs in which people are driven to make choices under acute economic duress. These economic ripple effects of market operations have been virtually ignored in ethical discourse because they are generally accepted to be the very mechanisms that shape the market's much-touted allocative efficiency. Albino Barrera argues that Christian thought on economic security offers an effective framework within which to address the consequences of economic compulsion.
• Barrera addresses the adverse effects of market operations on individuals from the viewpoint of Christian ethics
• The author provides a Christian perspective on the community's duty to support those lacking economic security
• Clearly written by an author qualified in both economics and theology, it is a timely contribution to an increasingly lively area of interdisciplinary debate
Preface; Part I. Nature and Dynamics of Economic Compulsion: 1. Markets and coercive pecuniary externalities; 2. Regressive incidents of unintended burdens; Part II. Setting the Moral Baseline and Shaping Expectations: 3. Economic security and God’s twofold gift; 4. Retrieving the biblical principle of restoration; Part III. Contemporary Appropriation: 5. Economic rights-obligations as diagnostic framework; 6. Application: the case of agricultural protectionism; 7. Summary and conclusions.

The Evolutionary Foundations of Economics

Edited By: Kurt Dopper- Universität St Gallen, Switzerland

It is widely recognised that mainstream economics has failed to translate micro consistently into macro economics and to provide endogenous explanations for the continual changes in the economic system. Since the early 1980s, a growing number of economists have been trying to provide answers to these two key questions by applying an evolutionary approach. This new departure has yielded a rich literature with enormous variety, but the unifying principles connecting the various ideas and views presented are, as yet, not apparent. This volume brings together fifteen original articles from scholars - each of whom has made a significant contribution to the field - in their common effort to reconstruct economics as an evolutionary science. Using meso economics as an analytical entity to bridge micro and macro economics as well as static and dynamic realms, a unified economic theory emerges, offering an entirely new approach to the foundations of economics.

Contents: Prolegomenon: 1. Evolutionary economics: a theoretical framework Kurt Dopfer; Part I. Ontological Foundations: 2. The rediscovery of value and the opening of economics Ilya Prigogine; 3. Synergetics: from physics to economics Hermann Haken; 4. Darwinism, altruism and economics Herbert A. Simon; 5. Decomposition and growth: biological metaphors in economics from the 1880s to the 1980s
Geoffrey M. Hodgson; 6. Path dependence in economic processes: implications for policy analysis in dynamical systems contexts Paul A David; 7. Is there a theory of economic history? Joel Mokyr; Part II. Framework for Evolutionary Analysis: 8. Toward an evolutionary theory of production Sidney G. Winter; 9. Learning in evolutionary environments Giovanni Dosi, Luigi Marengo and Giorgio Fagiolo; 10. Evolutionary theory of the firm Ulrich Witt; 11. The self-organizational perspective on economic processes: a unifying paradigm John Foster; 12. Evolutionary concepts in relation to evolutionary economics J. Stanley Metcalfe; 13. Economics and the science of evolutionary complex systems Peter Allen; 14. Perspectives on technological evolution Richard R. Nelson; 15. Complex dynamics in economic organisms Ping Chen; 16. Evolutionary theorizing on economic growth Gerald Silverberg and Bart Verspagen; Bibliography.

God and the Evil of Scarcity: Moral Foundations of Economic Agency by Albino Barrera (Providence College)

(University of Notre Dame Press, November 2005, ISBN: 0-268-02193-7; $22 paper).
In his celebrated Essay on Population, Thomas Malthus raised the puzzle of why a benevolent Creator would permit material scarcity in human existence. This book argues that precarious, subsistence living is not an immutable law of nature. Rather, such a chronic, dismal condition reflects personal and collective moral failure. In this carefully researched study, Barrera argues that scarcity serves as an occasion for God to provide for us through each other and that there are strong metaphysical and scriptural warrants for enacting progressive social policies for a better sharing of the goods of the earth.


For Your Information

Environmental Policy Update #2: Formulating Effective Energy Policy

A supplement for the second edition textbook
Harris, Environmental and Natural Resource Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach (2nd ed., Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
Now available as a FREE download for classroom use at:

Exam copies of the second edition text can also be ordered from the website.
Environmental Policy Update #2: Formulating Effective Energy Policy analyzes the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, criticisms of the Act, and alternative policy options. It includes discussion questions for students. The update can be used in conjunction with Chapters 13 (Energy) and 18 (Global Climate Change) in the Harris text, or as a stand-alone reading for class discussion. It serves as a complement to Environmental Policy Update #1: Gasoline Prices and Energy Supplies, also available from the website.

The second edition of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach has been updated in response both to developments in environmental theory and policy, and to comments and suggestions based on classroom use. New material in the second edition includes:

● Expanded treatment of economic valuation techniques
● More on “green” national income accounting, including green GDP in China
● New material on the impact of AIDS and declining fertility rates
● Topic boxes on agricultural pollution and organic agriculture
● New data on mineral price trends and energy subsidies
● More on fisheries policies, “Clear Skies” debate, and toxic waste management
● New data and policy developments on global climate change
● Updated data series and new appendices on basic economic theory

Updates and exam copies available at:

(please remember to update your web page to be able to download the second update)

Revaluing Peasant Coffee Production: Organic and Fair Trade Markets in Mexico

The emergence of significant new markets for organic and “fairly traded” products has been hailed as an important part of the effort to address the chronic poverty suffered by many small-scale coffee producers in the developing world. With 20-25 million producers around the world suffering from a prolonged crash in coffee prices, the premiums in these niche markets may offer a way out of crisis.

A new study of Mexican organic and Fair Trade coffee markets offers both hope and caution for these new market-based responses to the coffee crisis. In their new report, “Revaluing Peasant Coffee Production: Organic and Fair Trade Markets in Mexico,” researchers Muriel Calo and Timothy A. Wise, find that:
• Organic coffee premiums are too low to adequately cover the 2-3-year conversion to organic production;
• Fair Trade markets, with their guaranteed prices, can bring producers to profitability and are playing a crucial role in cross-subsidizing the conversion to organic production;
• Even for producers with access to niche markets, coffee prices alone still fail to compensate producers for their labor and their social and environmental contributions.
• Only a minority of producers are likely to gain access to niche markets, so government intervention in international coffee markets will be crucial to solving the coffee crisis.
While the study suggests that niche markets alone are unlikely to provide a comprehensive solution to the coffee price crisis, they have an important role to play in promoting more sustainable livelihoods and in beginning to revalue the environmental, economic, and cultural contributions of small-scale farmers in an increasingly global economy.
“Revaluing Peasant Coffee Production: Organic and Fair Trade Markets in Mexico” is available online at:
For more on GDAE’s Globalization and Sustainable Development Program: