Heterodox Economics Newsletter

Issue 220 October 16, 2017 web pdf Heterodox Economics Directory

This issue of the Newsletter features a series of interesting and timely items. You will find some exciting books, e.g. on the "costs of Brexit" or the role of cost-benefit analysis and a lop-sided focus on efficiency in public policy, as well as a set of current journal issues - for instance, the European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies published a nice issue covering main contributions from last year's conference of the Forum for Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies. In addition, this Newsletter also includes some opportunities for academic jobs and PhD-grants as well as a series of Calls for special issues and upcoming conferences.

Notwithstanding all these useful items, this Newsletter also includes two calls for support, which I urge you to consider: one is by Bruce Cronin, who is trying to update the quality-adjusted ranking of heterodox economics journals (the current version of this ranking can be found here). Another call is issued by IAFFE with the aim to challenge prevalent sexism in the profession's most frequented online forum. The aptness of the latter proposal can be inferred from this working paper on the "gendered" use of language in said forum. The paper surely leaves one in a troubled state of mind - and, hence, shares a feature with many other working papers in our profession.

Nonetheless, all the best,


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Call for Papers

39th Annual Meeting of AFIT @ WSSA Conference (San Antonio/US, April 2018)

4-7 April 2018 | San Antonio (Texas), United States

The 39th Annual Meeting of AFIT is scheduled to take place on April 4-7, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in conjunction with the 60th Annual WSSA Conference.

Conference theme: Institutional analysis for the evolving economy: Making sense of emergent forms and cultural evolution

The Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) invites you to submit papers and/or propose full sessions that examine the role of institutions in human society. Specifically, we encourage papers and sessions that (1) investigate how institutionalist and evolutionary approaches/concepts can help us comprehend the new emergent economic forms (e.g. sharing economy, sustainable development, cooperatives) and their potentials in spreading prosperity and improving financial security, and (2) appreciate the significance of our inherited instincts as well as the cultural/material environment in guiding purposeful human behavior and social/economic outcomes. Such approaches and concepts could inform innovative institutional reforms, whether led by private associations or governments, that mitigate some of the challenges that the 21st century economy will be throwing in our way. We also welcome papers that are theoretical in their orientation; deal with serious methodological issues; and address the teaching of economics.

The major transition in human evolutionary history over the past 10,000 years brought about a tremendous population growth and an end to the subsistence economy. This transition has left Sapiens in an uncharted territory: the need for extensive and sustained cooperation with the non-kin for provisioning of their primary biological needs. Our capacity for sophisticated institutions, including a complex group culture, for coordination has helped us partly overcome our biological limitations such as our deep suspicion of strangers. Over time, we, humans, have evolved into effective collaborators under appropriate institutional settings whose function was once performed by personal trust.

Markets should also be seen in this light. Interestingly, even though the “market” is one of the most frequently invoked concepts in the economic literature, its place in the evolution of human societies (as an institution) has not attracted as much scholarly attention as it deserves. The tendency in the mainstream has been to treat it as a universal or an ever-present institution that somehow occurs naturally. It is true that trade/exchange has always existed as a tool for community building but only with the advance of the widespread market systems have markets become unique central mechanisms for economic/political integration.

We are most likely headed toward an economic future that, under current institutions, is unlikely to repeat the productivity gains of the 50s or the 60s. Therefore, institutional innovation, local or global, must be at the center of 21st century economy if we are to achieve broad-based prosperity. Public intellectuals must adopt a multidimensional and a non-dogmatic perspective for their inputs to be useful in this process. First, markets, if properly organized, have the potential to promote well-being and security. However, they have no hierarchical superiority with respect to other institutions. Secondly, social/cultural norms, along with our social intelligence as species, are needed to enhance coordination and cooperation in places where markets are proving to be inadequate. In some instances, the collective action (often via governments) is best suited to bring about economic and social progress. Lastly, technological advances will generate complex outcomes, including making certain skills obsolete, increasing income and wealth inequalities, destroying critical natural environments, and potentially increasing or decreasing coordination and access through the open source revolution or the increased concentration of ownership of knowledge, respectively. The overall impact of the many likely social and economic changes on the standard of living, especially of the least advantaged, will depend on the institutional framework we humans intentionally or inevitably nurture.

We encourage submissions that tackle the following complex and challenging issues:

There are many more relevant and compelling issues beyond the list above. All proposals for papers and sessions reflecting the traditional and analytical perspectives represented by the Association for Institutional Thought will be given serious consideration, although preference will be given to proposals that address the conference theme.

The conference is also receptive to proposals for panels that review and discuss books recently published, especially by AFIT members. We also welcome papers/sessions dealing with pedagogy: particularly those that offer innovative approaches to teaching politically sensitive/controversial issues (e.g. racial inequality) and those that offer to incorporate institutionalism into economics curriculum effectively. As always, AFIT encourages proposals from undergraduate and graduate students, and AFIT sponsors prizes for outstanding student papers.

The format of the 2017 conference panels does not include discussants; at AFIT sessions we seek more general discussion on the papers presented. However, if you organize a panel, and you find it necessary to designate discussants, you are welcome to do so. Proposals for complete sessions are strongly encouraged. All papers and proposals for the AFIT sessions must be submitted via the WSSA website: http://www.wssaweb.com/index.html. Please keep abstracts to 200 words or less. Participants should update their membership in AFIT, if they are not already members.

The submission deadline is: November 10, 2017.

For more information about AFIT, you are invited to visit our website.

If you have general queries regarding the conference, please contact the conference organizer and Vice President of AFIT, Rojhat B Avsar at ravsar@colum.edu.

5th Annual Conference on the History of Recent Social Science (Zurich, June 2018)

8-9 June, 2018 | University of Zurich, Switzerland

This two-day conference of the Society for the History of Recent Social Science (HISRESS) will bring together researchers working on the history of post-World War II social science. It will provide a forum for the latest research on the cross-disciplinary history of the post-war social sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, economics, psychology, political science, and sociology as well as related fields like area studies, communication studies, history, international relations, law and linguistics. We are especially eager to receive submissions that treat themes, topics, and events that span the history of individual disciplines.

The conference aims to build upon the recent emergence of work and conversation on cross- disciplinary themes in the postwar history of the social sciences. While large parts of history of social science scholarship still focus on the 19th and early 20th centuries and are attuned to the histories of individual disciplines, there is also a larger interest now in the developments spanning the social sciences in the early, late, and post-Cold War periods. Though each of the major social science fields has a community of disciplinary historians, research explicitly concerned with cross-disciplinary topics remains comparatively rare. The purpose of the conference is to further encourage fruitful cross- disciplinary conversations of recent years.

Submissions are welcome in areas such as:

The two-day conference will be organized as a series of one-hour, single-paper sessions attended by all participants. Ample time will be set aside for intellectual exchange between presenters and attendees, as all participants are expected to read pre-circulated papers in advance. Proposals should contain no more than 1000 words, indicating the originality of the paper. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is February 4, 2018. Final notification will be given in early March 2018 after proposals have been reviewed. Completed papers will be expected by May 13, 2018.

Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich), Philippe Fontaine (École normale supérieure de Cachan), Jamie Cohen-Cole (George Washington University), Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College)

All proposals and requests for information should be sent to: hisress2018@gmail.com. For more information on the Society for the History of Recent Social Science (HISRESS), see www.hisress.org.

6th International Conference on Degrowth for ecological sustainability and social equity (Malmö, Aug 2018)

21-25 August, 2018 | Malmö, Sweden

Call for academic submissions

Degrowth. Décroissance. Decrecimiento. Decrescita. Post wachstum. Nemnövekedés. Nerväxt. These words represent the ambition for a social and ecological transformation of societies beyond the unsustainable and unjust growth paradigm. 21-25 August 2018 , the 6th International Conference on Degrowth will take place in Malmö, Sweden. This will be a space to advance debates on degrowth among diverse social groups via interconnected and mutually enriching academic, artistic and activist programmes.

Dialogues in turbulent times is the overarching theme of the conference. It is driven by the aim to stimulate dialogues between and within different geographical regions and worldviews, as well as with critical social theories, natural sciences and social movements. Therefore, in this call for academic submissions, we list some of the topics that we would like to be discussed at the conference, inspired by the conference’s aims and the main theme. We also look forward to ideas beyond these, which would expand the geographical and thematic scope of degrowth, as well as advance and further substantiate current degrowth debates.

Formats of academic submissions

Submission procedure

Special sessions with paper presentations require an abstract describing the overall session topic and how it speaks to the conference, as well as paper titles and abstracts (max. 1500 words). Deadline: 31 December 2017.

Individual papers and poster presentations require the submission of a paper or poster title and an abstract (250-350 words). Deadline: 28 February 2018.

Participatory sessions comprising other formats require an abstract with information on the topic of the session, how it speaks to the conference and how it will be conducted (max. 1500 words). Deadline: 31 December 2017.

All submissions are to be sent via our online submission system (opens 1 December 2017 ). The main language of the conference is English, but we will review submissions in other languages also.

For any questions, please contact us at: academic@malmo.degrowth.org

Link to the conference website is available here.


Call for activists can be found here. Submission period: 1 October - 31 December 2017 (submit as soon as you can).

Call for artists can be found here. Submission period: 1 October - 31 December 2017 (submit as soon as you can).

7th Latin American Advanced Programme on Rethinking Macro and Development Economics (São Paulo, Jan 2018)

8-12 January, 2018 | Sao Paulo, Brazil

An Announcement for the Seventh Latin American Advanced Programme on Rethinking Macro and Development Economics (LAPORDE)

We are pleased to announce that the seventh edition of the Latin American Advanced Programme on Rethinking Macro and Development Economics (Laporde) will be held in São Paulo (Brazil) from 8th to 12th of January 2018. The programme is based on the experience of the successful Cambridge Advance Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (CAPORDE), which was held in Cambridge, UK, from 2002 to 2008. The programme will admit a selected group of young academics, preferably from developing countries with a focus in Latin America, and provide them with lectures, discussions, and research workshops with leading scholars on cutting edge topics in macro and development economics from a number of critical perspectives.

There will be no tuition fees. Limited travel support can be offered by the Programme (depending on the availability of funds).

The Programme

Laporde is a high-level training programme in development economics which aims to build capacity in economics and economic policy-making. The program is intended mainly for young graduate students from Brazil and abroad. There is a growing demand for an alternative to orthodox economic theory, due to the failure of several recent reforms and macroeconomic policies in many developing economies. This course aims to fill this gap by including lectures in which participants will discuss macroeconomic theories and national development strategies that enable middle-income countries to carry out the process of catching up without causing macroeconomic imbalances and income concentration as observed over the last few years. It is an opportunity for students to be exposed to the edge of critical research on these issues.

The course takes five days and consists of lectures and discussions provided by some of the world’s leading academics in relevant fields. An excellent opportunity will be given for a selected group of students whose research interest is in economic development and Latin America. In particular, Laporde will give room for gain exposure to frontier research undertaken from critical perspectives on key issues in development economics and macroeconomics.

Each day of the workshop will consist of two sessions, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. There will also have one short night talk. Each session lasts three and a half hours. The sessions will be mostly in the form of lectures, which will consist of at least two and a half hours of lecturing and at least 30 minutes of discussions with a break. Lectures will be given in English. There will also be informal contacts between students and faculty during lunch, and coffee breaks. The details of the preliminary programme is available on Laporde’s website (http://cnd.fgv.br/node/585).


LAPORDE aims to receive a group of graduate students and promising researchers who wish to reach relevant positions in the academic or political affairs. Candidates whose research focus is the economic development of middle-income countries will have preference. Former students of Laporde, Aporde and Caporde will also have the opportunity to present their researches in special sessions. There will be no tuition fees. Limited travel support can be offered by the Programme (depending on the availability of funds).

Candidates must demonstrate first-class intellectual capacity and proficiency in English. The following documents should be sent to cnd@fgv.br and lucas.dib@fgv.br.

  1. Curriculum;
  2. One letter of recommendation;
  3. A cover letter written by the candidate her/himself describing in no more than one page the reasons that would endorse her/his acceptance, and how she/he intends to apply the discussed content in the Seventh Edition of the Laporde. This letter should be written in English.
  4. Passport copy.

Important Dates

ATTENTION: ex-participants (from Laporde, Caporde or Aporde) interested in in presenting papers should send an email with the abstract of the paper (max. 5000 characters) and the CV until November 10, 2017. We are not requiring transcripts and letter of recommendation for them.


Link to the conference website is available here.

AFEE @ Eastern Economics Association (Boston, March 2018)

1-4 March, 2018 | Eastern Economic Association meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, US

Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) is organizing sessions at the 2018 Eastern Economic Association meeting. The upcoming meeting is in Boston, MA (at the Boston Sheraton) from March 1-4, 2018.

Please submit to Robert Scott (rscott@monmouth.edu) your abstract of no more than 200 words by November 17.

If you already submitted an abstract to the EEA, but would like to be included in an AFEE session email me and attach a copy of your abstract by November 17.

If you would like to take some work off my hands and submit an entire session (ideally four papers) then submit all the abstracts to me by November 17 and indicate your desire that they all be included in one session.

At the bottom of your abstract please note any days you are unable to present and whether you are willing to serve as a session chair or discussant. You will not have to pay the paper submission fee to the EEA.

For more details about the Eastern Economic Association meeting, see the following: https://www.ramapo.edu/eea/2018-conference/

International Conference on "MARX200: Politics - Theory - Socialism" (Berlin, May 2018)

3-6 May, 2018 | Berlin, Germany

To celebrate the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will be hosting a large conference. A short week will be filled with the theories, the politics and the arts that are connected to Marx’s anniversary. Many will want to celebrate Karl Marx as a great thinker. Some might even concede that he is one of the greatest thinkers of all time – but also as one who bears little relevance today. We beg to differ. And while some will praise his brilliant theory of crisis, they will denounce or not even mention his political perspectives. Others will say that communism, i.e. the “real movement” that Karl Marx and his fellow thinker and activist Friedrich Engels inspired, was responsible for real socialism, numerous of crimes and the Gulag. And by doing so, they will try to denounce the desire and dreams of another, non-capitalist future as idealist and dangerous. Not us.

Of course, critical self-reflection of Marxism-inspired politics is necessary – but also and at the same time the critical re-appropriation of a radical perspective of emancipation and liberation. For the simple thing that is so had to achieve – as the German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht called it. For a future, for a perspective of hope which can help us move forward so that, in the here and now, we can “overthrow all relations in which man is a debased, enslaved, forsaken, despicable being.” The conference will be based on senior lectures and panel discussions. Furthermore, there will be broad opportunities for talks, debates and discussions which deal with central issues and topics of Marx’s theory, politics and perspectives of socialism. We are therefore encouraging individuals, groups and journals and editorial projects to submit their suggestions of panels, talks and presentations.

Karl Marx himself did not consider himself as a “Marxist.” He rejected final answers. He did not want to discover a history-philosophical key for an understanding of history just as much as he did not intend to develop a final socialist system. However, he understood his theoretical endeavors as a contribution to the abolition of capitalism. And many historical as well as contemporary activities, organizations and political parties of various kinds have drawn on Karl Marx’s work in order to change and create a better, more humane and more reasonable society. This, of course, had to have consequences for the theory of Karl Marx. It was enriched by numerous, fruitful questions and concepts, productive scholarly research and emancipative social movements – all of whom expanded and renewed it.

At the same time, there was also a dark underside. In real socialism and through a number of left-wing organizations, Marx’s theory became petrified as an ideology and it also became used as a power tool during social struggles. As a result, there has developed a long debate which concerns itself not only with the philological aspects or the inner-theoretical issues and problems in Marx’s oeuvre as well as the aspirations of Marx-inspired social actors; there is also a long-standing debate if and, if so, how emancipative movements can draw on Marx’s writings today. Is he just a classic writer even to leftists? Someone who has a place in the history of philosophy and economic thought? Or is his theory still a measure for a theory and practice of change?

In order to answer these questions, we pose the question what it means to be a Marxist today. In the various fields of materialist theory, the analysis of society, and political activism. The relationship between theory and the practice of change, the question of the subjects of transformation/revolution, the art of politics including a “revolutionary realpolitik” (Rosa Luxemburg), a new politics of class, and the horizons of socialist perspectives and utopias will be placed at the center of this conference.

Therefore, we will want to discuss, among other things:

On May 5th, Karl Marx’s 200th birthday, a special event on “the dangerous classes” will be held at the Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin


The conference languages are German and English. However, in some exceptional cases papers in French and Spanish will also be considered.


The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will in some cases award international travel grants, especially from countries of the global South. However, it is advisable to seek travel funding from other (home) institutions (trade unions, political initiatives, political foundations and home universities). Please circulate widely.

Please submit your paper, panel and workshop proposals to marx200conference@rosalux.org.

The deadline for paper, panel and workshop proposals is 31 October 2017. You will be informed of the Foundation's decision by 31 November 2017.

Link to the conference website is available here.

International Journal of Social Economics: Special Issue on "Teaching Social Economics during the Global Financial Crisis"

The Associate editor of the International Journal of Social Economics, Professor John Marangos, invites papers for a special issue with the theme "Teaching Social Economics during the Global Financial Crisis".

The current literature on the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) focuses mostly on the causes of the crisis and the economic and social impact on the international economy without adequate attention being paid to the impact and the challenges of the GFC on the teaching of social economics. Economics by definition is “social economics” and as such papers of all paradigms of economics will be considered for possible publication as long as the main theme deals with teaching of economics.

The papers should examine and explicitly deal with teaching issues of socio-economic theory and practice during the GFC. Researchers should aim to demonstrate innovative ways in incorporating in their teaching the GCF and the impact of those innovative ways to student learning. The papers should examine and question the prevailing consensus in teaching economics and as such illustrate alternative teaching strategies incorporating the crisis for the benefit of student learning. The teaching methodology adopted should preferably be social, holistic, historical, dynamic and comparative in nature.

The special issue will include one Graduate Student Research Paper. The Associate editor invites graduate students to submit research papers. Proof of graduate student status should be provided with the submission. While the students' papers will go through the regular review process and be held to the same standards for acceptance as other submissions, the panel of reviewers will serve a mentoring role to advise the student to strengthen the paper. The best student paper will be published.

Those interested should submit an extended abstract of 300 words by 1 of November 2017 as a word attachment. Approved papers should be submitted by 1 of May 2018.

For queries and abstract submissions contact:

John Marangos, Professor,
Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies,
University of Macedonia, Greece.
Email: marangosjohn@gmail.com

Revue de la régulation: Special Issue on "Dependent capitalism"

Topic: “Dependent capitalism” in Central and Eastern Europe: Theoretical foundations and diversity of national trajectories

Coordinators: Violaine Delteil (ICEE, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Éric Magnin (LADYSS, Université Paris Diderot) and Julien Vercueil (CREE, INALCO)

The transformation of post-socialist countries and their following integration into the European Union have raised new questions about the nature of the economic models emerging from these major institutional changes in Central and Eastern Europe. Would a new family of capitalism, marked by the legacy of the socialist regime, emerge or would post-socialist economies converge towards models of capitalism identified in the literature? Since the beginning of the nineties, academic works dedicated to emerging capitalisms in the new member states have flourished to address this issue. The paradigm of the “transition to the market economy”, once dominant, has been progressively replaced by a multiplicity of theoretical schemes. Among those approaches, the Hall et Soskice (2001) “varieties of capitalism” (VoC) has received particular attention. Various authors have tried to apply the founding models, « liberal market economies » (LMEs) and « coordinated market economies » (CMEs), initially defined to describe Western economies, to post-socialist countries. Following King‘s proposal (2007), Nölke et Vliegenthart (2009) proposed to enlarge the VoC typology with a third model, « dependent market economies » (DMEs), considered as more suited to the economic and institutional specificities of the new EU member states. DMEs are caracterized by an alternative type of insertion into the world economy, related to international value chains controlled by Western multinational companies, in contrast to markets and interfirm networks. Foreign direct investments (FDIs) in East European host countries result in a high level of transnationality, a hierarchical dependence from Eastern subsidiaries to their parent companies, and foreign actors influence on the definition of rules in host countries.

Other authors have been more critical vis-à-vis the VoC theoretical framework, i.e. its binary typology and its emphasis on the key role of enterprises as agents of rules transformation (neglecting the role of social and political forces in the process of institutional change). They have proposed a series of alternative works aimed to take better account of the sources of macro-institutional changes and to articulate the economic and political spheres. These works, we can gather under the « diversity of capitalism » approach, have found their origin in Boyer’s seminal work, recently renewed by Amable (2003), and have given rise to new developments in the literature on East European capitalisms. Drahokoupil and Myant (2011) consider the sources of economic dependence in CEE countries within their international integration process and specify their growth regimes. Bohle and Greskovits (2012) propose a Polanyan analytical framework, which articulates the political and economic dimensions and questions the role of the state intermediation to counterbalance market-led and external forces dependencies. In line with the dominant modes of coordination, the authors identify three types of postsocialist models (neoliberal, embedded neoliberal, neo-corporatist).

The hypothesis of « dependent capitalism » has undoubtedly gained heuristic relevance and received additional attention for understanding the CEE context in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis. The crisis revealed the multiplicity of powerful transnational channels through which economic and financial imbalances diffused to the region – among them, the dependence chains of East European units vis-à-vis their Western counterparts. Built on more « extraverted » and externally dependent economic models, East European economies have therefore demonstrated a stronger exposure to international markets (exports) as well as a structural dependency to FDIs (reinforced by the subordinate position of East European subsidiaries in the international value chains). Economic dependencies in the less developed economies of the region have been also strongly structured by the remittances flows from migrant workers (sometimes more significant than FDIs) or by monetary transfers shedding from financial assistance programs. Regarding the Visegrad group, and more significantly the Balkan countries, economic dependence has also fueled some forms of ideational, institutional and political dependences, which have clearly appeared in the prescriptive power of the UE, bail-out organizations or foreign investors that have been able to influence domestic public policies and institutional reforms.

The aim of the call for papers is to deepen the concept of dependent capitalism in three complementary directions:

The first direction would propose to discuss the filiation of the concept of « dependent capitalism » that originated from the 1960s and 1970s marxist theories of dependence. The latter underlined the peripherical insertion of Latin America’s countries into an international economy structured around North American hegemony (Frank, 1968 ; Evans, 1979 ; Bresser-Pereira, 2009). Contributions could question the theoretical and analytical continuity and/or disruption between historical approaches and the current revisited approach on dependent capitalism. They could also assess the fecundity - convergence or potential complementarity – of the interactions between both approaches to address the issues of the present day : to what extent the confrontation of historical and contemporary theories of dependent capitalism are useful to apprehend the multiplicity of sources and channels of dependence, the nature of the forces shaping the modalities of insertion of national economies into the current globalization, (re-)organizing hierarchies, distributing hegemonic and peripheral positions, connecting nations and regional spaces?

The second direction in research derives from the observation of a theoretical eclecticism around the current notion of dependent capitalism. This statement would call for a positioning analysis of these theoretical and analytical schemes vis-à-vis the regulationnist approaches. Attempts to grasp the diversity of institutional forms that structure dependencies, through a series of intermediate categories directly inspired by the Régulation school appear to open most promising avenues of research. Among those categories, classical institutional forms can be investigated: the monetary regime, the mode of insertion into international exchanges, the capital-labor nexus, the competition regime, the role of the State are all likely to act as domestic relays or barriers to the diffusion and deepening of external dependences.

Finally, the last direction invites reflection on the fruitfulness of the concept of dependent capitalism to enrich the comparative analysis of capitalisms. Contributors are then invited to enlarge the geographical scope of the comparison among dependent capitalisms, almost exclusively centered on East Central Europe (Visegrad group) until now, to include Baltic and Balkan countries, EU member states or candidate and neighboring countries (Western Balkans). The latter appear even more emblematic of the model of dependent capitalism, with a peripheral and unstable insertion, rather than the semi-peripheral one identified for the Visegrad group (Bohle et Greskovits, 2012), into the European and international economy. As a counterpoint to the analysis of Eastern European trajectories, contributions referring to Asian, Latin American or North African experiences likely to highlight the diversity of dependent processes and the role of regional dynamics and historical trajectories, will be welcome.


Revue de la Régulation seeks to provide a forum for research in the field of regulationist studies and, more broadly, for the full spectrum of institutionalist approaches in economics and beyond. The journal seeks above all to foster a broad discussion that includes other social sciences such as economic sociology, history, political science, management, etc. Indeed, a historicized and socially grounded understanding of political economy appears more necessary than ever for a deeper understanding of the alternatives for economic policies and the strategic evolution of business, as well as their effects at the micro, meso, and macro levels. Sustaining global thinking about the transformation of capitalism, given the scales and diversity of its reconfigurations, means bringing together work from a variety of horizons. The journal welcomes research articles in English or French that focus on descriptions of the structural forms of contemporary capitalisms and on investigation of the new dynamics that are involved, as well as on the theoretical and methodological tools that enable these phenomena to be better understood.

Papers should be submitted by email to regulation@revues.org with “call for papers” specified in the subject heading. Please make sure your article does not exceed 10,000 words (including spaces) and follows the Revue de la Régulation instructions to authors presented here.

All articles will be reviewed anonymously according to the journal’s standard procedure.


Submission deadline: 30th November 2017

URPE @ WSSA Conference (San Antonio, April 2018)

4-7 April, 2018 | San Antonio, Texas, US

In a new initiative, URPE is organizing sessions at the Western Social Science Association conference. The next WSSA conference is in San Antonio, Texas April 4-7, 2018. For more details on the conference visit http://www.wssaweb.com/conferences.html.

URPE is interested in proposals from any perspective that incorporates or is sympathetic to Radical Political Economy. Submissions could involve individual papers, entire sessions, round tables on important topics or books, and sessions and workshops on teaching. Submissions by graduate students, activists and academics are encouraged.

There is no specific theme for the URPE at WSSA sessions.

To submit a paper, go to http://www.wssaweb.com/sections.html and click on the link for the Union for Radical Political Economics. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2017.

Presenters must be URPE members at the time of submission unless the session is cosponsored with another organization.

For questions about the URPE at WSSA conference, contact either

Scott Carter (scott-carter@utulsa.edu) or Geoff Schneider (Geoff.Schneider@bucknell.edu), who are coordinating this initiative.

Working-Class Studies Association 2018 Conference: "Class at the Border: Migration, Confinement, and (Im)mobility" (New York, June 2018)

6–9 June, 2018 | Stony Brook University, New York, US

The Center for the Study of Inequality and Social Justice at Stony Brook University is pleased to announce they will be hosting the 2018 Working-Class Studies Association conference on the campus of Stony Brook University from June 6-9, 2018.

Against the backdrop of globalization, where capital flows across borders more easily than people, we are living in increasingly walled-off societies. The conference theme, Class at the Border: Migration, Confinement, and (Im)mobility, explores how an explicit recognition of class can deepen our understanding of the structures and ideas that divide individuals, communities, societies, and nations across the globe. Presentations for this conference will consider how walls, borders, and other dividing lines--of both the material and figurative variety--are constructed, upheld, resisted, and dismantled.

Presenters are encouraged to submit individual proposals as well as full panels, poster submissions, roundtables, and workshops that address, in some fashion, either within or across disciplinary boundaries, literal or figurative concepts of walls through class analysis. While we strongly encourage submissions that focus on the cluster themes such as labor, immigration, incarceration, and mobility in relation to class, presenters are encouraged to submit proposals in other areas and from various fields of study that advance our understanding of walls and class, such as:

Submissions must include the following information:

Submit proposals as an e-mail attachment and any inquiries about the conference to wcsa2018@gmail.com

Proposals must be received by December 15, 2017. After review by the program committee, notifications will be mailed by the end of January 2018. Conference registration and housing reservations will be possible after March 15, 2018. Details and updates as well as information about need-based travel grants will be posted at the Conference website: https://wcstudies2018conference.wordpress.com/

Conference program coordinator: Terry Easton, Working-Class Studies Association: wcsa2018@gmail.com

Further information about the Working-Class Studies Association is available here.

Conference local arrangements coordinator:

Call for Participants

ANEP 3-day Seminar on "New European Political Economics and Legal Institutionalism" (Oslo, Nov 2017)

1–3 November, 2017 | BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

The Academy for New European Political Economics (ANEP) seminar will take place from November 1-3, 2017 and feature guest speakers Geoff Hodgson (University of Hertfortshire) and Johannes Schmidt. Geoff Hodgson is the co-developer of Legal Institutionalism, author of the book “Conceptualizing Capitalism” and co-founder of WINIR, the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research. Johannes Schmidt is a Professor at the Hochschule Karlsruhe Technik und Wirtschaft and, together with Fabian Lindner, a pioneer in communicating Wolfgang Stützel’s work on mechanics of balances to the English speaking community.

ANEP promotes a novel economic approach built on Law, Accounting and Mechanics of Balances.

The unanticipated yet not unprecedented global financial crisis has revealed a weakness in the current dominant economic paradigm, centered on the conceptualization and understanding of money, credit and property rights.

The seminar explores how the reintegration of legal, accounting and political principles in economic discourse could lead to a renewed paradigm, better able to confront the challenges of our fragile present. Multidisciplinary presentations alternate with public discussions on current debates, providing all participants with the opportunity to critically engage with the ideas presented. The seminar is open to anyone willing to enter the discussion, or simply curious about what lies beyond the arbitrary borders of its own disciplinary field.

Contact: Beniamino Callegari

A full description and programme can be found at BI Norwegian Business School’s website by clicking here. Papers for download can be accessed here (links open in new tabs!).

We welcome and invite anyone interested in getting an introductory overview of the current state of our work and discussing with us personally!

Some short introductorypresentations of the ANEP approach can be found on their youtube channel. Anyone interested in taking a more detailed look at their approach of constructing a realistic, non-universalist paradigm for analyzing capitalism by reconnecting accounting to the historically specific foundations in roman law it is empirically based upon and contrasting this with informal, traditional social relations in stateless contexts, can download some further material here.

APEG Conference on "Shifting Paradigms: Economics in the 21st Century" (Aberdeen, Nov 2017)

17-19 November, 2017 | Aberdeen, Scotland


Over 20 prominent speakers including Sheila Dow, Brett Scott, Diane Perrons and Victoria Chick will be joining us to discuss our four conference topics:

  1. The Ecological Boundaries of the Planet
  2. The Political Economy of Gender, Race, and Religion
  3. Macroeconomic Policy & the Crisis of Global Finance
  4. The Future of Automation and Artificial Intelligence


We furthermore invite you to participate in our undergraduate essay competition, which endows students with the unique opportunity to present their paper at an academic conference. Three essays will be selected for each strand – the deadline for submissions is 15 October. Travel, accommodation & ticket costs will be covered for all winners!

For more information, please consult our website: www.shiftingparadigms2017.com

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1956461861264662/

Secure your ticket here: https://www.ausa.org.uk/societies/AberdeenPEG/

We are looking forward to seeing you in Aberdeen!

Your Aberdeen Political Economy Group (APEG)

Global Labour University Online Academy

The Global Labour University is a pioneer in cross- country online education through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with over 10,000 participants.

The online courses are designed in close cooperation between universities, the ILO, the Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung and the international trade union movement.

Key features:

Below you can find a short description of each course.

FAIR WAGE STRATEGIES IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY: Fair wages for inclusive societies

Billons of workers around the world do not even earn a minimum living wage or have no regular income at all. Wage setting cannot be left to the market because of the power imbalance between the individual worker and the employer. Sustainable wage policies and fair wage setting are indispensable for a more equitable wage distribution.

This course focuses on:

Access to the online course is available here (ENGLISH).

DECENT WORK IN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS: Global rules for global business

According to the UN organization UNCTAD, 80% of trade takes place in global supply chains linked to transna- tional corporations. Governed by powerful transnational corporations, these global supply chains set the ‘rules of the game’ of today’s global production system.

This course focuses on:

Access to the online course is available here (ENGLISH).

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR STANDARDS: Workers’ rights are human rights.

International Labour Standards are designed to provide minimum levels of protection every worker should enjoy. Fundamental rights and dignity at the workplace are a precondition for building inclusive and sustainable societies.

This course focuses on:

Access to the online course is available here (ENGLISH), here (FRENCH), here (SPANISH) and here (RUSSIAN).

IIPPE Training Workshop (London, Nov 2017)

8 November 2017 | SOAS, London (UK)

The International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) announces its next Training Workshop at SOAS (Brunei Gallery, Room B102), London on 8 November 2017 (registration from 9.30am).

The focus of the Workshop will be on Anglo-Saxon capitalism since the financial crisis. In the morning session, (10am to 1pm), Trevor Evans will survey economic and financial developments in the United States. In the afternoon session (2pm to 5pm) Simon Mohun will consider the performance of the United Kingdom economy in historical perspective.

This Workshop will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, junior academics and activists who have a particular interest in acquainting themselves with the relevance of Marxian political economy to the contemporary world.
Pre-registration is essential because of room capacity constraints. If you wish to attend, please send a note to that effect as soon as possible to Simon Mohun.

Please note that we cannot cover travel costs. We hope to provide at least some refreshments (am and pm) for which we will make a small charge to cover costs.

Keio Summer School of Marxian Economics

7–15 August, 2018 | Keio University, Japan

Free Tuition & Excursion

Keio University is a center of Japanese Marxian economics and has produced many famous theorists and activists from the pre-war period. Based on this tradition, Keio University set up a summer school on Marxian economics for young graduate and under-graduate students from all over the world in 2016. In 2018, we also provide this intensive series of lectures not only on the Japanese new Marxian tradition, but also on Chinese and Korean Marxian economics. This program is supported by School of Economics, Xiamen University, China.

Applicants must contact the coordinator, Prof. Hiroshi Onishi ,for eligibility requirements at onishi@z3.keio.jp.

Application deadlines


Further Details

The costs for tuition and one-day Tokyo excursion for this program will be covered by Keio University. However, students are responsible for arranging and paying for the accommodation and transportation costs to Keio University. If applicants need help to book hotels, we can support.

Participants will be regarded as international students of Keio University, and issued certificates of completion of this summer school.

Contact: Prof. Hiroshi Onishi: onishi@z3.keio.jp

The London Realist Workshop (London, Oct-Dec 2017)

The London Realist Workshop (LRW) discusses contentious issues in realist approaches to science and philosophy. These include, among other things, challenges to realist approaches, critical engagements with the applications of realism to various fields, and dialogues with other philosophical traditions.

Before each meeting a few key readings are circulated, and – during the workshop itself – one of us introduces the topic, followed by an open discussion. Meetings are held on a monthly basis in room S303 of the Senate House wing of SOAS (between 17:30-19:30), and are followed by drinks.

If you would like to be kept up to date about our events please either join our Facebook group (“Critical Realism Network UK”) or get in touch with us at londonrealistworkshop@gmail.com and we will add you to the mailing-list.

The list of speakers, dates, and titles/topics for this year is attached below. All welcome (no RSVP required)! We look forward to seeing you at the LRW.

AGENDA 2016/17

27 October: Robert Isaksen (UCL Institute of Education): Reclaiming Rational Theory Choice as Central: A Critique of Methodological Applications of Critical Realism

17 November: Dennis Badeen (Anglia Ruskin University): Pluralism in Ecological Economics: Coherence, Realism, and Relevance

1 December: Emanuele Lobina (University of Greenwich): Beyond the Failure of Government Failure: A Critical Realist Research Agenda

WEA Conference now open: "Economic Philosophy: Complexities in Economics"


Keynote papers

Strategies in relation to complexities: From neoclassical Cost-Benefit Analysis to Positional Analysis
Peter Söderbaum
In this essay neoclassical Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is criticized as beinng too simplistic and also too specific in ideological terms. Positional Analysis (PA) is advocated as an alternative based on a definition of economics in terms of multidimensional analysis and … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT

A Cognitive Behavioral Modelling for Coping with Intractable Complex Phenomena in Economics and Social Science: Deep Complexity
Robert Delorme

It is argued in this paper that there is an issue of complex phenomenal intractability in economics, in particular, and in social science in general, and that it is unduly neglected in theorizing in these areas. This intractability is complex …More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT


Contributions from the History of Economics

Complexity in the theory of economic evolution of Thorstein Veblen: an introduction
João Vitor Oliveira da Silva
Thorstein Veblen is a classic author, recognized for his writings on institutions and economic change. The complexity perspective, on the other hand, is a relatively contemporary approach for studying a considerable range of phenomena both in natural and social sciences. … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT

Soft Dualism in Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments: The Body, the Person and the non-Egoistic Personal Body
Nizar Hariri
In his Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith defended a mind-body dualism, through a metaphor that considered the body as “home”: sympathy is bringing, through imagination, and only through imagination, other people’s emotions back home, to one’s personal body. In … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT

The evolutionary dimension of Hayek’s thought: cultural selection and spontaneous order
Loranna Buzzo
The project’s basic axis the notion of order and cultural evolution by selection at the thought of Hayek. However, to highlight this aspect was necessary to analyze many other aspects of his work, as well as enter in the literature … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT


Complexity and Agency

Limitations on the Perspective of Representative Economic Agent: Agent Based Model’s Alternative
João Victor Souza da Silva & Solange Regina Marin
Economic Science emerges from the questions about the behavior human, conflict and social order. Smith, preoccupied with the complexity of social relations and economic phenomena, point out the individual as basis of Political Economics. For the author, social and economic … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT

Autonomous Agents and Economic Complexities: A Philosophical Excursion
Greg Hill
This paper develops a conception of autonomous agents who, lacking the ready-made and complete list of possible states afforded their DSGE counterparts, must envision their own ―state space.‖ Such agents can and must do more than perform constrained optimization exercises; … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT

Complexity and Economics
Victor A. Beker
Nobody will discuss that the economy constitutes a very complex system. The traditional approach to understanding it has been to reduce complexities to simple rules and behaviors, abstracting of many features of the real economy. An alternative to reductionism consists … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT


Changing Economics

Developing a perspective on transition economies as complex systems
Dr. Viktorija Mano
Decades of blindly following mainstream economic policy has opened a new potentiality of research, especially since most of the phenomena that occur around us are caused by and interact with many other parts within a complex globalised world. The objective … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT

Money, Cycles and Complexity
Prof. Dr. G. T. Ganchev

The main idea of the present paper is that the appropriate inclusion of money and monetary circulation into economic analysis implies shift from acyclic to cyclic economic mathematical models. In the same tame such transition allows for the analysis of … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT


Methodological Dimension
Mixed-method to deal with complexity in economic research
Thi Ngoc Bich NGO

Despite the fact that mathematical deductivist models in line with positivism are mostly considered as the conventional way to do economic research, those have been criticised for failing to deal with social complexities. The complexities in economics may come from … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT

What is complexity economics, why is it heterodox, and what are its policy implications?
Wolfram Elsner
Complexity economics has developed into a powerful empirical, theoretical, and computational research program in the last three decades, advancing more realistic economics. It converges with long-standing heterodox schools, and its theoretical and empirical findings are consistent with older heterodox research … More ›READ THE PAPER AND COMMENT

Agent-Based Modeling’s Open Methodology Approach:Simulation, Reflexivity, and Abduction
John B. Davis

This paper argues that agent-based modeling’s innovations in method developed in terms of simulation techniques also involve an innovation in economic methodology. It shows how Epstein’s generative science conception departs from conventional methodological reasoning, and employs what I term an …

Complexity Economics and the Accounting Framework
Frederico Botafogo

This working paper introduces a formal language to frame the concept of complexity within economic theory. The purpose is to provide a consistent analytical framework within which the varied aspects of complexity may be given expression. The intuition underlying the …

Job Postings

European Trade Union Institute, Belgium

Job Title: Head of Unit "European economic, employment and social policies"

The research department at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) is looking for a Head of unit for its unit ‘European economic, employment and social policies’.

The head of unit will manage and supervise the activities of the unit while also undertaking high quality research. He/she will facilitate the communication and cooperation within the unit and function as a point of contact within the department.

Following consultation, and in close collaboration with the unit and the director of the department, the head of unit will formulate a draft work programme for the unit. The head of unit will be responsible for ensuring that the work programme is translated into coherent projects and activities. He/she will ensure that the activities set out in the work programme are carried out and that the team members of the unit deliver on the planned work programme.

Download the full vacancy here.

For any further questions regarding the vacancy please contact the Director of the Research Department Maria Jepsen.

Applications and supporting documents (CV, list of publications, etc.) should be sent before 10 November 2017.

Merrimack College, US

Job Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Economics

JEL Classifications: Economics / A - General Economics and Teaching, B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology, F - International Economics, I - Health, Education, and Welfare, N - Economic History, O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth, Q5 Environmental Economics, R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics

Position Overview

The Department of Economics invites applicants for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on qualifications, beginning in the Fall of 2018.

Merrimack College is a rapidly growing Catholic/Augustinian institution that recently transitioned to an AAUP IIA school offering a variety of Master’s programs. An increasingly diverse population is served by Merrimack College. In keeping with our core value to build a community of teacher-scholars who welcome and respect a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and perspectives, we are actively seeking to recruit and retain faculty whose teaching, research, and/or service has prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. As such, we encourage candidates to describe in their application how their teaching, research, and service contribute to diverse communities.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment and demonstrate evidence of research and teaching effectiveness. The successful candidate will normally teach three courses per semester with two preparations, have an active program of scholarship, and will be expected to participate in faculty governance.

To Apply: Please submit curriculum vitae, sample research paper(s), scholarship and teaching statements, and three letters of recommendations.

Contact: laramiea@merrimach.edu

Link to the job advert is available here.

Skidmore College, US

Two Jobs: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, both open rank. See below for further information.

Job Title: Microeconomics – Open Rank

The Department of Economics at Skidmore College invites applications for a tenure track position at open rank, beginning in the fall of 2018. Applicants must possess a strong desire to teach and pursue research in a liberal arts environment with a reputation for excellent teaching. The successful candidate will teach both required and elective courses. Highest priority fields are the economics of gender and public finance. Preferred secondary fields are labor and development. The college offers excellent research support. The standard teaching load is 5 courses per year, normally with 2 – 3 preps. New faculty receive a course release in their first year and are eligible for a pre-tenure sabbatical. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Economics, although advanced ABDs may be considered. We encourage applications from women and historically under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience in teaching in a multi-cultural classroom. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.

Skidmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a student body of roughly 2,400 located near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Skidmore College is distinguished by a curriculum balanced in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities and offers more than 60 majors.

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter explaining their ability to contribute in the areas described above, a curriculum vitae, one research paper, a research statement, and a teaching statement and/or evidence of teaching capability. Additionally, the application system will prompt you to submit a three email addresses for letters of recommendation. All referees will be emailed once you complete the application process.

Applications due November 27. We will be conducting interviews at the January 2018, ASSA meetings in Philadelphia, PA.

To learn more about and apply for this position please visit us online at: http://careers.skidmore.edu/postings/1216

Job Title: Macroeconomics – Open Rank

The Department of Economics at Skidmore College invites applications for a tenure track position at open rank, beginning in the fall of 2018. Applicants must possess a strong desire to teach and pursue research in a liberal arts environment with a reputation for excellent teaching. The successful candidate will teach both required and elective courses. Highest priority fields are macroeconomics and monetary economics. Preferred secondary fields are Latin America and history of thought. The college offers excellent research support. The standard teaching load is 5 courses per year, normally with 2 – 3 preps. New faculty receive a course release in their first year and are eligible for a pre-tenure sabbatical. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Economics, although advanced ABDs may be considered. We encourage applications from women and historically under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience in teaching in a multi-cultural classroom. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.

Skidmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a student body of roughly 2,400 located near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Skidmore College is distinguished by a curriculum balanced in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities and offers more than 60 majors.

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter explaining their ability to contribute in the areas described above, a curriculum vitae, one research paper, a research statement, and a teaching statement and/or evidence of teaching capability. Additionally, the application system will prompt you to submit a three email addresses for letters of recommendation. All referee's will be emailed once you complete the application process.

Applications due November 27. We will be conducting interviews at the January 2018, ASSA meetings in Philadelphia, PA.

To learn more about and apply for this position please visit us online at: http://careers.skidmore.edu/postings/1222

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, military or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.


University of Durham, UK

Job Title: Assistant Professor in Philosophy: Social Science and/or Ethics

The role

With an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and the employability of our students, the Department of Philosophy is one of the UK’s best. Our distinctive research environment encourages a diversity of interests and approaches - from Anglo-American, to ‘Continental’, to non-Western philosophy - and benefits from an exceptionally high level of funding and collaboration. An impressive philosopher with demonstrable interests in the philosophy of social science, you will enjoy an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the further development of outstanding research and excellent, research-led teaching

Youll need

If you haven’t specifically met the above criteria but have recently completed or are concluding your PhD and feel you have the skills needed to do so, then you are invited to apply for the role at grade 7.

How to apply

We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals.

We prefer to receive applications online. For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website.

Please carefully read the job description for this post which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place.

Vacancy Reference: PHIL18-12

Download the full job description as a PDF. Link to the job advert can be found here.

University of Rhode Island, US

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Economics

The Department of Economics at the University of Rhode Island is seeking an assistant professor in international economics. We seek someone who can participate in a new selective undergraduate major in international studies and diplomacy beginning in Sept.2018. Candidates should have an active research and teaching program in any subfield of international economics and be able to interact with colleagues in other departments participating in the new program.

More details are available here.


Job Title: Assistant Professor of Economics

The Department of Economics at the University of Rhode Island is seeking an assistant professor in health and economics and policy. We seek someone who can work with an existing group of aging and health scholars. Candidates should have an active research and teaching program in any subfield of health economics and policy.

More details can be found here.

Please visit https://jobs.uri.edu and use the following posting numbers to look at full descriptions and requirements.


Call for Nominations: HES Distinguished Fellow Award 2018

The History of Economics Society invites nominations for its 2018 Distinguished Fellow Award.

The list of previous recipients of the honor may be found on the HES website.

This year's adjudication committee is composed of Mauro Boianovsky (Chair), Jeff Biddle, and Robert Leonard.

To make a nomination, please submit, no later than December 15, 2017:

Nominations should be sent to the committee Chair, Mauro Boianovsky (mboianovsky@gmail.com).

Winner Announcement: Best HES-Conference Paper by a Young Scholar

The History of Economics Society is delighted to announce that the first annual Best Conference Paper by a Young Scholar Award goes to Francesco Sergi of the University of Bristol for his paper on "The Standard Narrative on History of Macroeconomics: Central Banks and DSGE Model."

Winner Announcement: Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought

Tufts institute to award annual Leontief Prize to Mariana Mazzucato and Branko Milanovic for research on Globalization, Innovation, and Inequality

GDAE will award its 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to Mariana Mazzucato and Branko Milanovic. The award recognizes Tufts University alumna Dr. Mazzucato for her path-breaking research on the positive role of governments in fostering innovation and Dr. Milanovic for his vital contributions to measuring and responding to global income inequality.

“The topic of innovation receives a lot of attention these days,” said GDAE Co-Director Neva Goodwin. “What has been insufficiently recognized, before the work of Mariana Mazzucato, is the critical role of governments in innovation and hence the role of the public sector in the process of wealth creation. As Mazzucato points out, taxpayers have been the real venture capitalists…Her work argues for concrete ways to make sure both the risks and the rewards are better shared so that smart growth is also more inclusive growth.”

Goodwin continued, “We also feel honored to salute Branko Milanovic for his creative application of economic tools and analysis to the topics of inequality, domestically and globally. His methodology, including an innovative analysis of global income inequality between all individuals in the world, has become a reference point for understanding our highly unequal world.”

GDAE awards the Leontief Prize each year to leading theorists who have developed innovative work in economics that addresses contemporary realities and supports just and sustainable societies.

The ceremony and lectures by the awardees will take place on April 17, 2018 at 4:00 in the Coolidge Room on Tufts University’s Medford campus.

Learn more about the Prize and this year's winners.


Accounting, Organizations and Society, 61

Judy Brown, Helen Tregidga: Re-politicizing social and environmental accounting through Rancière: On the value of dissensus

Evelien Reusen, Kristof Stouthuysen: Misaligned control: The role of management control system imitation in supply chains

Raphaela Erhart, Matthias D. Mahlendorf, Marko Reimer, Utz Schäffer: Theorizing and testing bidirectional effects: The relationship between strategy formation and involvement of controllers

Richard J. Taffler, Crawford Spence, Arman Eshraghi: Emotional economic man: Calculation and anxiety in fund management

American Review Of Political Economy, 11 (2)

Geoffrey E. Schneider: Towards Real Pluralism in Economics: An Introduction to the Proceedings Issue of the 2017 ICAPE Conference

Camille Baulant: How Happiness can lead to more Efficiency? A New Paradigm Adapted to the World Knowledge Economy

Geert L. Dhondt, Mathieu Dufour, Jay Hamilton, Ian J. Seda-Irizarry: Developing Heterodox Economics Curriculum: The case of John Jay College

Robert B. Williams: Federal Wealth Policies in Support of Jim Crow: Using an Anti-Racist Perspective to Inform Political Economy

Zarrina H. Juraqulova, Robin Bartlett: The Allied Social Science Meetings: Diversity Versus Inclusivity

Regina Gemignani, Quentin Wodon: Gender Roles and Girls’ Education in Burkina Faso: A Tale of Heterogeneity between Rural Communities

Richard V. Adkisson, James T. Peach: An Analysis of the 2016 U.S. Republican Presidential Primary Election

Masato Miyazaki: Investment Expenditures of Local municipalities in Japan in the 2000s

Bruce E. Parry, Melvin Rothenberg: Modern Capitalism and Modern Marxism

Jesús Muñoz: Is Marx’s Theory Evolutionary or Revolutionary?

Competition & Change, 21 (5)


Poul H Andersen and Susanne Åberg: Big-science organizations as lead users: A case study of CERN

Robert Sweeney: Global banks or global investors? The case of European debt flows

Special section on Mega-Regional Trade Agreements

Abigail Cooke, Trina Hamilton, and Marion Werner: Trade governance at a crossroads: Continuity and change in uncertain times

Angie N Tran, Jennifer Bair, and Marion Werner: Forcing change from the outside? The role of trade-labour linkages in transforming Vietnam's labour regime

Amitendu Palit: Mega-regional trade agreements and non-participating developing countries: Differential impacts, challenges and policy option

European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, 14 (2) 


Sebastian Gechert, Torsten Niechoj, Engelbert Stockhammer, Achim Truger, and Andrew Watt: Towards pluralism in macroeconomics? 20th anniversary conference of the FMM research network


Eckhard Hein: Post-Keynesian macroeconomics since the mid 1990s: main developments

Roger E.A. Farmer: Post-Keynesian dynamic stochastic general equilibrium theory

Michael Roos: Behavioral and complexity macroeconomics

Marc Lavoie: The origins and evolution of the debate on wage-led and profit-led regimes

Maria Nikolaidi: Three decades of modelling Minsky: what we have learned and the way forward

Sebastian Dullien: How to promote alternative macroeconomic ideas: are there limits to running with the (mainstream) pack?

Andreas Dimmelmeier, Frederick Heussner, Andrea Pürckhauer and Janina Urban: Making the incommensurable comparable: a comparative approach to pluralist economics education

Irene van Staveren: Beyond stimulus versus austerity: pluralist capacity building in macroeconomics

Forum for Social Economics, 46 (4)


Phillip Anthony O’Hara: In Celebration of Cecilia Winters’ Scholarly Life


Rebecca Rasch: Measuring the Middle Class in Middle-Income Countries

Kevin W. Capehart: Toward an Improved Definition of the Wealthy

Elizabeth A. Moorhouse: The Many Dimensions of Gender Equality and Their Impact on Economic Growth

Hao Chen, Jianwei Chen & Wence Yu: Influence Factors on Gender Wage Gap: Evidences from Chinese Household Income Project Surve

Global Labour Journal, 8 (3)


Md. Mahmudur Rahman Bhuiyan: Welfare State Development in Developing Nations: The Relationship between Organised Labour and International Organisations

Marissa Brookes, Jamie K. McCallum: The New Global Labour Studies: A Critical Review

Global Issues

Praveen Jha: India's Peasant Rebellions at the Current Juncture

International Critical Thought, 7 (3)

Li Shenming: The October Revolution: A New Epoch in the World History

David M. Kotz: One Hundred Years after the Russian Revolution: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Cheng Enfu & Liu Zixu: The Historical Contribution of the October Revolution to the Economic and Social Development of the Soviet Union—Analysis of the Soviet Economic Model and the Causes of Its Dramatic End

Roland Boer: After October: Towards a Theory of the Socialist State

Alexander Buzgalin: October and the Theory of Communist Revolution: Social Creativity, Culture and Violence

Goran Marković: Novelties of the Soviet Constitutionalism: The Principle of Unity of Powers

Samir Amin: The October 1917 Revolution Started Off the Transformation of the World

Nicola D’Elia: Concerned about Capitalist Development: Karl Marx and Max Weber on the Fate of Russia

Paula Avila & Daniel Gaido: Karl Kautsky and the Russian Revolution of 1905: A Debate on the Driving Forces and the Prospects of the Russian Revolution in the Second International

Kalim Siddiqui: The Bolshevik Revolution and the Collapse of the Colonial System in India

PSL Quarterly Review, 70 (282)

Kevin S. Nell, A.P. Thirlwall: Why does the productivity of investment vary across countries?

Ignacio Perrotini-Hernàndez, Juan Alberto Vàzquez-Munoz: Endogenous growth and economic capacity: Theory and empirical evidence for the NAFTA countries

Pompeo Della Posta: Reconsidering the economic and political reasons of the euro area crisis: Diverging fundamentals or self-fulfilling expectations?

Ottorino Morresi: How much is CEO education worth to a firm? Evidence from European firms

Rethinking Marxism, 29 (2)

Editors' Introduction


Jörg Nowak: Louis Althusser’s Critique of the Communist Party and the Question of the Postrevolutionary State

Alexander Gallas: Revisiting Conjunctural Marxism: Althusser and Poulantzas on the State

Peter D. Thomas: The Plural Temporalities of Hegemony

Tyson E. Lewis: A Marxist Education of the Encounter: Althusser, Interpellation, and the Seminar

Timm Ebner: Traitor Figures in Nazi Fiction: Ideology as Inversion of Defense and Attack

Erik K. Olsen: The Althusserian Controversy in Retrospect and Prospect

Review of Radical Political Economics, 49 (3): Special Issue on "Crisis in the European Union"

Brigitte Bechtold, Davide Gualerzi, Dorene Isenberg, and Paddy Quick: Crisis in the European Union: Introduction to the Special Issue

Bill Lucarelli: Intra-eurozone Payments Imbalances: Implications for the TARGET2 Payments System

Steven Panageotou: Disciplining Greece: Crisis Management and Its Discontents

Juan Barredo-Zuriarrain, Ricardo Molero-Simarro, and Alejandro Quesada-Solana: Euro-Dependence—A Peripheral Look beyond the Monetary Union: A Proposal of Reform of the TARGET2

Davide Gualerzi: Crisis in the Eurozone: Austerity and Economic Transformation

Regular Articles

Kristijan Kotarski and Luka Brkic: Political Economy of Banking and Debt Crisis in the EU: Rising Financialization and its Ramifications

Greg Sharzer: Cooperatives as Transitional Economics

Robin Hahnel: Environmental Sustainability in a Sraffian Framework

Antônio Albano de Freitas: Neoliberalism, Profitability, and the Crisis in the Eurozone

real-world economics review, 81

Roy Grieve: Involuntary unemployment

Thomas Palley: Fixing the Euro’s original sins

June Sekera: Missing from the mainstream: The biophysical basis of production and the public economy

Michael Joffe: Why does capital flow from poor to rich countries?

Basil Al-Nakeeb: The case for taxing interest

John F. Tomer: Why consumers are not sovereign: The socio-economic causes of market failure

Adam Fforde: Economics as a science

Jamie Morgan: An ontology for the digital age? Review of Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy

Paulo Gala, Jhean Camargo and Guilherme Magacho: The resource curse reloaded

Frank Salter: Transient development

Œconomia – History, Methodology, Philosophy, 7 (2)

Ralph Chami, Thomas Cosimano, Connel Fullenkamp et Celine Rochon: Financial Regulation and the Speed of Financial Risks

Pierre Livet: Temporal Discounting, Emotions and Agency

André Lapied et Olivier Renault: Modèles de décision intertemporels et temps subjectivement perçu

Sergio Nisticò: Consumption Choices and Time Use: History, Theory and Potential Empirical Evidence

Jean-Jacques Gislain: Futurité, la temporalité économique chez J. R. Commons

Philippe Gilles: Les explications des cycles économiques dans « Le Capital » : un exemple de temporalités chez K. Marx

Books and Book Series

Advanced Introduction to Behavioral Economics

By John F. Tomer | 2017, Edward Elgar

Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas. Leading researcher John F. Tomer presents an invigorating and concise introduction to behavioral economics that offers essential behavioral theories, perspectives, trends and developments within this ever-evolving discipline.

This book covers the key areas of behavioral economics, including Herbert Simon’s bounded rationality, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky’s psychological economics, behavioral finance, nudging and public policy, behavioral macroeconomics, law and behavioral economics, neuroeconomics and empirical methods of behavioral economics. John F. Tomer also explores how and why behavioral economics emerged and differs from neoclassical economics.

This book will be particularly useful for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, policy makers, and other professionals who participate in economic-related matters.

Link to the book can be found here.

Global Inequalities in World-Systems Perspective

Edited by Manuela Boatca, Andrea Komlosy, & Hans-Heinrich Nolte | 2017, Routledge

During its 500-year history, the modern world-system has seen several shifts in hegemony. Yet, since the decline of the U.S. in the 1970s, no single core power has attained a hegemonic position in an increasingly polarized world. As income inequalities have become more pronounced in core countries, especially in the U.S. and the U.K., global inequalities emerged as a “new” topic of social scientific scholarship, ignoring the constant move toward polarization that has been characteristic of the entire modern world-system. At the same time, the rise of new states (most notably, the BRICS) and the relative economic growth of particular regions (especially East Asia) have prompted speculations about the next hegemon that largely disregard both the longue durée of hegemonic shifts and the constraints that regional differentiations place on the concentration of capital and geopolitical power in one location. Authors in this book place the issue of rising inequalities at the center of their analyses. They explore the concept and reality of semiperipheries in the 21st century world-system, the role of the state and of transnational migration in current patterns of global stratification, types of catching-up development and new spatial configurations of inequality in Europe’s Eastern periphery as well as the prospects for the Global Left in the new systemic order. The book links novel theoretical debates on the rise of global inequalities to methodologically innovative approaches to the urgent task of addressing them.

Link to the book can be found here.

Global Perspectives on the Bretton Woods Conference & the Post-War World Order

Edited by Giles Scott-Smith & J. Simon Rofe | 2017, Palgrave Macmillan

This book repositions the groundbreaking Bretton Woods conference of July 1944 as the first large-scale multilateral North-South dialogue on global financial governance. It moves beyond the usual focus on Anglo-American interests by highlighting the influence of delegations from Latin America, India, the Soviet Union, France, and others. It also investigates how state and private interests intermingled, collided, and compromised during the negotiations on the way to a set of regulations and institutions that still partly frame global economic governance in the early twenty-first century. Together, these essays lay the groundwork for a more comprehensive analysis of Bretton Woods as a pivotal site of multilateralism in international financial history.

Link to the book can be found here.

Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capital, Nature, and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy

By Kohei Saito | 2017, From Monthly Review Press

Karl Marx, author of what is perhaps the world’s most resounding and significant critique of bourgeois political economy, has frequently been described as a “Promethean.” According to critics, Marx held an inherent belief in the necessity of humans to dominate the natural world, in order to end material want and create a new world of fulfillment and abundance—a world where nature is mastered, not by anarchic capitalism, but by a planned socialist economy. Understandably, this perspective has come under sharp attack, not only from mainstream environmentalists but also from ecosocialists, many of whom reject Marx outright. Kohei Saito’s Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism lays waste to accusations of Marx’s ecological shortcomings. Delving into Karl Marx’s central works, as well as his natural scientific notebooks—published only recently and still being translated—Saito also builds on the works of scholars such as John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett, to argue that Karl Marx actually saw the environmental crisis embedded in capitalism. “It is not possible to comprehend the full scope of [Marx’s] critique of political economy,” Saito writes, “if one ignores its ecological dimension.” Saito’s book is crucial today, as we face unprecedented ecological catastrophes—crises that cannot be adequately addressed without a sound theoretical framework. Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism shows us that Marx has given us more than we once thought, that we can now come closer to finishing Marx’s critique, and to building a sustainable ecosocialist world.

Link to the book can be found here.

Knowledge, Class and Economics: Marxism without Guarantees

Edited by Theodore A. Burczak, Robert F. Garnett Jr., & Richard McIntyre | 2017, Routledge

Knowledge, Class, and Economics: Marxism without Guarantees surveys the “Amherst School” of non-determinist Marxist political economy, 40 years on: its core concepts, intellectual origins, diverse pathways, and enduring tensions. The volume’s 30 original essays reflect the range of perspectives and projects that comprise the Amherst School—the interdisciplinary community of scholars that has enriched and extended, while never ceasing to interrogate and recast, the anti-economistic Marxism first formulated in the mid-1970s by Stephen Resnick, Richard Wolff, and their economics Ph.D. students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

The title captures the defining ideas of the Amherst School: an open-system framework that presupposes the complexity and contingency of social-historical events and the parallel “overdetermination” of the relationship between subjects and objects of inquiry, along with a novel conception of class as a process of performing, appropriating, and distributing surplus labor. In a collection of 30 original essays, chapters confront readers with the core concepts of overdetermination and class in the context of economic theory, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, continental philosophy, economic geography, economic anthropology, psychoanalysis, and literary theory/studies.

Though Resnick and Wolff’s writings serve as a focal point for this collection, their works are ultimately decentered—contested, historicized, reformulated. The topics explored will be of interest to proponents and critics of the post-structuralist/postmodern turn in Marxian theory and to students of economics as social theory across the disciplines (economics, geography, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, political theory, philosophy, and literary studies, among others).

Link to the book can be found here.

Morality and Power: On Ethics, Economics and Public Policy

By Mike Berry | 2017, Edward Elgar

Morality and Power offers a compelling critique of orthodox economic analysis and its impacts on public policy. Mike Berry argues that the theoretical underpinning of evaluative tools like cost–benefit analysis rests on an incoherent concept of ‘efficiency’ derived from Paretian welfare economics.

Beginning by reviewing the historical progression of economic thought, Berry argues there has been a lack of crucial development in economic thinking in public policy since the economic crisis of 2008. The ethically unacceptable outcomes of the current public policy approach are exposed: most notably the support for policies that accentuate inequality and social polarization; the outbreak of crises in the financial sector, and the treatment of refugees and migrants. Finally, threats to liberal democracies in an age of rampant populism and rising nationalism are examined, offering noteworthy suggestions for an alternative democratic future.

Both students and practitioners of heterodox economics and public policy will find this book a compelling insight into the ethical concerns of neoliberal policies shaped by politicians and policymakers today.

Link to the book can be found here.

New Themes in Institutional Analysis: Topics and Issues from European Research

Edited by Georg Krücken, Carmelo Mazza, Renate E. Meyer, Peter Walgenbach | 2017, Edward Elgar

Institutional theory has become one of the dominant organizational approaches in recent decades. Its roots can be traced to Europe, and an important intellectual objective of this book is to examine North American theory strands and reconnect them with European research traditions. In addition, this book focuses on how organizations and individuals handle heterogeneous and challenging social conditions which are subsequently reflected in various forms of change.

Link to the book can be found here.

Philosophy in the Time of Economic Crisis: Pragmatism and Economy

By Kenneth W. Stikkers, Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński | 2017, Routledge

Might the current ‘crises’ in economics, and in the economics profession, have their deep roots in the separation of economics from philosophy and ethics? American pragmatism lends itself specially to dialogue with economics because of its view of philosophy as an instrument for solving the real, concrete problems of human life, both personal and social. The essays in this volume, drawing heavily on the tradition of pragmatism, suggest that the economic crises of our time might not be merely technical in nature but also due to the faulty philosophical assumptions underlying those models.

More information can be found here.

Pocket Piketty

By Jesper Roine | 2017, Zed Books

A handy introduction to one of the 21st century's most important works on the economy. Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been hailed as a masterpiece, making a powerful case that wealth inequality is not an accident, but rather an inherent feature of capitalism. But how many of us who bought or borrowed the book have read more than a fraction of its 700+ pages? And how many of Piketty’s ground-breaking ideas have gone unappreciated, all for want of intellectual stamina?

In this handy volume, Jesper Roine – whose own work was relied upon by Piketty – explains in clear and accessible prose the key concepts behind, and controversies surrounding, Piketty’s landmark work.

Link to the book can be found here.

Public Policy and the Neo-Weberian State

By Stanisław Mazur and Piotr Kopycinski | 2017, Routledge

The neo-Weberian state constitutes an attempt to combine the Weberian model of administration with the principles laid down during the retreat from the bureaucratic management paradigm (new public management and public governance). The concept of neo-Weberian state involves changing the model of operation of administrative structures from an inward-oriented one, focused on compliance with internal rules, into a model focused on meeting citizens’ needs (not by resorting to commercialisation, as is the case with new public management, but by building appropriate quality of administration).

More information can be found here.

Sharing Economies in Times of Crisis

By Anthony Ince and Sarah Marie Hall | 2017, Routledge

The ‘new sharing economy’ is a growing phenomenon across the Global North. It claims to transform relationships of production and consumption in a way that can improve our lives, reduce environmental impacts, and reduce the cost of living. Amidst various economic, environmental, and other crises, this message has strong resonance. This book explores the complex intersections of ‘sharing’ and ‘the economy’, and how a better understanding of these relationships might help us address the multiple crises that confront contemporary societies.

More information can be found here.

The Economic Theory of Costs: Foundations and New Directions

By Matthew McCaffrey | 2017, Routledge

The theory of costs is a cornerstone of economic thinking, and figures crucially in the study of human action and society. This volume explores, develops, and critiques the rich literature on costs, examining some of the many ways cost remains relevant in economic theory and practice. The book especially studies costs from the perspective of the Austrian or “causal-realist” approach to economics.

More information can be found here.

The Economics of Brexit: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the UK's Economic Relationship with the EU

By Philip B. Whyman and Alina I. Petrescu | 2017, Palgrave

This book presents a comprehensive evaluation of the likely economic impact upon the UK economy arising from Brexit. It seeks to assess both the methods adopted, and conclusions reached, by the existing economic studies, and supplements this by providing additional evidence to assist the reader in forming their own assessment of the relative merits of the different approaches. It additionally outlines the options available to policy makers for the formation of an economic strategy capable of adapting the economy to the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit. Finally, it outlines and comments upon the range of alternative models of future trading relationships that are available to the UK, both in relation to the EU and the rest of the world.

Link to the book can be found here.

The History of Development: From Western Origins to Global Faith

By Gilbert Rist | 2017, Zed Books

In this classic text, now in its fourth edition, Gilbert Rist provides a complete and powerful overview of what the idea of development has meant throughout history. He traces it from its origins in the Western view of history, through the early stages of the world system, the rise of US hegemony, and the supposed triumph of third-worldism, through to new concerns about the environment and globalization.

In a new chapter on post-development models and ecological dimensions, written against a background of world crisis and ideological disarray, Rist considers possible ways forward and brings the book completely up to date. Throughout, he argues persuasively that development has been no more than a collective delusion, which in reality has resulted only in widening market relations, whatever the intentions of its advocates.

Link to the book can be found here.

Heterodox Graduate Programs, Scholarships and Grants

2 PhD positions at the University of Bremen

The Faculty of Business Studies and Economics at the University of Bremen invites candidates to apply for the two positions in the field of Innovation Economics and Structural Change (working group of Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther) as of 1st January 2018 (or later).

Job Title: Research Assistant (PhD candidate) x2 – salary 13 TV-L (50% part time)

The position is limited to 31. December 2020 and will be filled, subject to regulatory approval.

The working group at the Professorship of Economics specialises in the field of innovation and structural change. It deals with empirical innovation research with a focus on questions of system transformation, internationalisation of research and innovation as well as technology and innovation policy. For further information, please visit: http://guenther.iino.uni-bremen.de/en/

NOTE: The two PhD have different tasks/responsibilites!

Responsibilities first position:

Responsibilities second position:

The Requirements are the same for both positions


Working environment

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, disabled persons will be given priority. International applications as well as applications of academics with a migration background are explicitly welcome.

Application and Important Dates

Please send your application (one pdf file) with all necessary information (CV, certificates etc.) and a version of your final thesis or a selected term paper until November 10, 2018 indicating the position number A260/17 (first position) or A261/17 (second position) to:

University of Bremen, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics, Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther, Professorship of Economics, Innovation and Structural Economics, Hochschulring 4, 28359 Bremen, Germany or office-guenther@uni-bremen.de

In case you have any questions, please contact Dr. Muhamed Kudic: E-Mail: kudic@uni-bremen.de

3 PhD positions at the Erasmus University Rotterdam

PhD positions on the political ecology and ecological economics of deforestation in the Amazon

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) seek to fill several fully-funded PhD positions to join an exciting and dynamic multidisciplinary group conducting research on the political ecology and ecological economics of deforestation in the Amazon in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Successful candidates will be expected to develop and pursue their individual PhD research while contributing to a project carried out by an international consortium of academics, activists and non-governmental organizations. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the broader project, we are particularly interested in candidates with an interdisciplinary background as well as willingness to conduct long‐term participatory field research in the Amazon. The selected candidates will pursue their degrees as part of the ISS PhD in Development Studies.

All eyes on the Amazon

The positions are embedded within the ‘All eyes on the Amazon’ project, which brings together 11 institutions from Europe, North America and South America to work towards the goal of combatting deforestation in the Amazon. Consortium partners include Greenpeace, Hivos, World Resources Institute, Digital Democracy, Witness, University of Maryland, and COICA. Within this consortium, ISS is chiefly responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact of anti-deforestation strategies both in terms of concrete outcomes as well as through the assessment of socio-economic and environmental institutions. Anti-deforestation strategies of the project rely on high-tech participatory monitoring initiatives conducted by local indigenous and mestizo communities. Given the overall ambition of the project, PhD candidates will be expected to have an activist-scholar disposition, combining rigorous scientific research with a commitment to building a just and equitable world. While their research projects will contribute to the overall goals of the project, it is expected that candidates will have their own intellectual interest in studying the political ecology/ecological economics of deforestation in the Amazon. Potential topics include but certainly are not limited to the following political ecology themes:

Requirements and application procedure

Candidates should already have a Master’s degree in economics, geography, anthropology, ecology, environmental science or other cognate fields. They should have strong command of both English as well as Spanish or Portuguese. Previous research experience in Latin America would be an advantage. While the academic home of PhD researchers will be the International Institute of Social Studies – Erasmus University Rotterdam, it is expected that their individual projects will require them to spend extensive periods in one (or a combination) of the three countries. Willingness to engage with local communities, social organizations and a range of stakeholders is required.

The selected PhD students will receive a full PhD fee waiver, a monthly stipend, equipment (laptop and smartphone) and a fieldwork expenses. They will be supervised by a team of ISS and USFQ researchers, including Murat Arsel, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Marti Orta Martinez, and Carlos Mena.

Interested candidates should send an application that includes the following

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit two reference letters and will be interviewed by videoconference. The selected ones will be asked to proceed immediately to fully develop their PhD proposals so as to formally apply to the ISS PhD program in Development Studies. The application deadline is 30 October 2017. Applications as well as questions of clarification should be sent to ISSeyesonamazon@gmail.com

Check the website of ISS for more information.

3 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at Leeds University Business School

Do you have experience in multi-sited and cross-national ethnography of workplaces, unions or labour activism? Would you like to investigate the emerging hybrid areas of work, and to join an exceptional transdisciplinary research project? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will be a post-doctoral researcher experienced in qualitative methods in labour studies and will work on a multi-method research project aimed at investigating the challenges of social protection and labour representation in the ‘hybrid areas of work’. The three successful candidates will work both independently and as part of a larger team of researchers, within a project funded by the European Research Council at the Leeds University Business School, and led by Dr Annalisa Murgia. You will carry out case studies in two European countries to understand to what extent and under which conditions solo self-employed workers are able to develop collective practices of organising, focusing not only on unions, but also on alternative associations and emerging claims-making activities.

A brief summary of the project can be found here.

The candidates should hold a PhD, or close to completion, in Social Sciences, Industrial Relations, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Movements, Human Geography or a closely allied discipline; have a consolidated knowledge of issues relating to nonstandard employment relations, trade unions or social movements; and a research experience in multi-sited ethnography and qualitative analysis. Language skills are required to conduct the multi-sited ethnography in two of the following countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia and UK.

More details about the job and guidance on how to apply can be found here.

Frederic S. Lee Heterodox Economics Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the Fund shall be to provide scholarships for tuition and fees, up to three classes per semester, for doctoral heterodox economics students. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled in a doctoral heterodox economics program in the United States and demonstrate financial need. The fund will not provide scholarship aid for dissertation credit hours or for credit hours that are not directly relevant for the completion of the doctoral program's course work.

Selection criteria include:

  1. Priority will be given to students who have no scholarship support at all and need the support to continue in their heterodox doctoral program. Students who have only partial scholarship support and need additional support to continue in their heterodox doctoral program will also be considered.
  2. Preference will be given to students who are interested in working in heterodox microeconomics. Applicants from other fields of study are also encouraged to apply, especially if they are willing to do heterodox economics in an integrative manner (as opposed to adhering to a single heterodox tradition).

Scholarships will be awarded prior to the fall and spring semesters on an annual basis. Deadline for Spring 2018 semester is November 30, 2017.

More information and the application form can be found at https://www.growyourgiving.org/scholarships/frederic-s-lee-heterodox-economics-scholarship-fund

A donation to the Fund is also welcome. To make a donation visit here: https://gkccfonlinedonations.org/give/leeh00.asp

Levy Graduate Programs Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2018

Designed as preparation for a professional career in economic research and policy formulation, the Levy Institute Graduate Programs in Economic Theory and Policy offer students an alternative to mainstream programs in economics and finance. These innovative programs combine a rigorous course of study with exceptional opportunity to participate in advanced economics research, with direct access to the Institute’s global network of researchers.

We are currently accepting applications for our two-year M.S. program, as well as our new one-year M.A. program.

Application deadlines for both programs are November 15 for Early Decision and January 15 for Regular Decision. Scholarships are available.

Visit bard.edu/levygrad for more information. To apply, click here.

Post-doc research fellowships at the University of Johannesburg

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Fellows, whose research is connected to industrial development, to be based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fellows will be hosted at the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development.

Fellowships carry a basic salary/stipend, with funding available for travel, research costs etc. Fellows are also provided with office space and equipment, research assistance and administrative support. Fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second year. Proposals are welcomed on any topics related to industrial development, such as: industrialisation; deindustrialisation; industrial policy; structural change; innovation and production systems; innovation policy; innovation and inclusive industrialisation; sectoral structure; financialisation; industrial development and income distribution/poverty/employment/unemployment; regional and spatial dimensions of industrial development. Proposals need not be related to South Africa.

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) is funded by the South African Department of Science and Technology and administered by the National Research Foundation. The Research Chair is hosted at the University of Johannesburg, where it operates as a centre in the College of Business and Economics. UJ is the leading centre in the country doing research and teaching in industrial development and policy. The Research Chair is held by Prof Fiona Tregenna, who heads the programme. Senior Researcher, Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula, specialises in issues related to innovation and inclusive development. We currently host three Postdoctoral Research Fellows as well as graduate students and research assistants, affiliated international research associates, and are presently taking on additional staff and research students.

To read more: https://www.uj.ac.za/sarchi-industrial.

Application process

Applicants should hold a PhD in Economics or a cognate discipline (or have completed before beginning the fellowship). The following to be sent to pnthite@uj.ac.za by 23 October 2017: brief description of proposed research, CV, transcripts and a sole-authored research sample. Enquiries about the positions can be directed to Prof Fiona Tregenna ftregenna@uj.ac.za. Late applications may be considered should additional funding become available.


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Ceteris Non Paribus: New Podcast on the History of Economic Thought

We are launching a podcast to cover diverse topics from the history of economics, economic thought, and economic ideas such as new research and methodological questions. You can subscribe to our podcast here: www.ceterisnonparibus.net.

Please contact us via email ceterisnonparibusthepodcast@gmail.com or tweet us @CeterisNParibus should you want to provide feedback and ideas for the podcast.

Calls for Support

Petition to the AEA regarding the Economics Job Market Rumors (EJMR) website

To the President, President-Elect, and the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association:

As professional economists, we have been disturbed by recent reports concerning the inappropriate and sexist comments made on the Economics Job Market Rumors (EJMR) website.

Exhortations by some economists to boycott EJMR or to change the culture of the profession, desirable as those may be, do not go far enough. No one can shut down the EJMR site. We call upon the AEA to provide an alternative site-- which could be called AEA Job Market Data.

Economics Departments that use JOE or the job market at the annual meeting would be asked or required to provide detailed information on their job/candidate search and matching process, by individual name, for their own openings--interviewees at the AEA, call-backs, placements, offers extended and accepted, and so on. The AEA should devise methods to protect job candidate privacy while maintaining the added value of the site.

Placement officers and personnel committee members at many departments already collect much of this information on their competitors.

These data would improve transparency and fairness in the job market, especially for women and minority economists. Crowd-sourcing and scraping department web pages to obtain these data are already prevalent--but only available on EJMR or partially by personal effort. Unlike EJMR, an AEA-sanctioned site would not be rumor-based.

The AEA should release and widely disseminate a public statement that condemns the treatment of women economists on the site and should also reaffirm its commitment to increasing the diversity and geographical reach of the AEA in addition to supporting the professional development and interests of economists, teachers and students.

A petition signer should be:

  1. An AEA member, OR
  2. a teacher of economics in the US or Canada, OR
  3. a person expecting to use the AEA job market or JOE in any capacity in the next two years.

Link to the petition can be found here.

Questionnaire on the Ranking of Heterodox Economic Journals: Call for Participants

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to those who have already responded to this call. For others, I’d be very grateful if you could spare 15 minutes to fill in this questionnaire.

I am engaged in an update and extension of Lee, Cronin et al. (2010) Research Quality Rankings of Heterodox Economic Journals in a Contested Discipline, American Journal of Economics and Sociology 69(5), 1409–1452. This is a research project on the ranking of journals that are relevant to the development of heterodox economics in terms of their research quality and their pluralism.

One way to respond to the use of orthodox journal rankings to marginalise economics journals is to develop an alternative ranking of journals that are important to heterodox economics — numerous heterodox economists have told me that the 2010 ranking was useful to them when dealing with the dismissal of their research.

The ranking uses a combination of bibliographic metrics and peer review. As users of heterodox economics journals, your evaluation of the major heterodox journals is important for a clear understanding of the role each journal plays in our community.

I'd greatly appreciate approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete the online questionnaire for this project, which can be found here: https://greenwich.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/hjs

Bruce Cronin
University of Greenwich

For Your Information

The Association for Evolutionary Economics seeks a Web Content Editor and Social Media Coordinator

The application deadline for the positions of Web Content Editor and Social Media Coordinator is being extended until December 15, 2017.

​Please consider applying or encouraging others to apply. AFEE's web presence is crucial our the long term success.

Each of these positions comes with a $2000 stipend.

Applications should include: (1) a detailed letter of interest describing the candidate's background, vision and priorities relative to the position, (2) a vita, and (3) two letters of recommendation. Applicants should be a member in good standing with AFEE. Applications should be sent to Eric Hake, AFEE Secretary/Treasurer, at erhake@catawba.edu.

Please send any questions to Geoff.Schneider@Bucknell.edu.

We hope that someone is willing to take on this important work, and we are willing to pay you to do it!

AFEE Web Content Editor Position Description

The AFEE Web Content Editor (WCE) is responsible for maintaining, updating and generating content for the AFEE web site. The WCE will work with a professional web designer on the AFEEsite. The WCE is selected by and reports directly to the Committee on Publications. In exchange for completion of the duties, the AFEE WCE will receive a $2000 per year stipend. The WCE serves a 3-year term, which can be renewed at the request of the WCE by the Committee on Publications.

Duties: Maintaining, updating and generating content for the AFEE web page. The WCE has primary responsibility for the content of the AFEE web site. The WCE works with various association officials to keep the site up to date. The WCE will work with the AFEE Social Media Coordinator to integrate social media materials into the web site. The WCE will also collaborate with the Secretary-Treasurer to update AFEE business content on the AFEE web page. The WCE is also responsible for organizing and generating web content.

One of major duties of the WCE is to maintain and augment the existing collection of online books and articles on institutionalism. The AFEE web site should function as a resource for scholarship on institutional economics. Thus, the WCE should work to make the AFEE site a repository of classic and modern institutionalist scholarship. This should include efforts to make classic works of institutionalist scholarship available (in a printable, citable format), and to offer working papers and selected contemporary articles from the Journal of Economic Issues and other sources. These materials should be tagged carefully and presented in a way as to make them easily searchable.

In addition, the WCE should work to make the AFEE web site a repository for materials on teaching institutionalism. This should include soliciting and posting current syllabi, and gathering materials that could be used for teaching classes from an institutionalist perspective.

Association Duties. The Web Content Editor will make an annual report to the AFEE Board on the association’s web site, including annual costs and a description of major changes. Ideally that report should be made available by December 1 so that board members have enough time to read the report prior to the January board meeting. The web editor also serves as a member of the AFEE Committee on Publications and Social Media.

AFEE Social Media Coordinator Position Description

The AFEE Social Media Coordinator (SMC) is responsible for creating, maintaining and augmenting social media resources for AFEE. These include maintaining an AFEE blog and twitter feed, the AFEE Facebook page, and the AFEEmail email discussion list. The SMC is selected by and reports directly to the Committee on Publications. In exchange for completion of the duties, theAFEE SMC will receive a $2000 per year stipend. The SMC serves a 3-year term, which can be renewed at the request of the SMC by the Committee on Publications and Social Media.

Duties: Maintain, update and generate content for the AFEE Blog, Twitter Feed, Facebook Page, and AFEEmail email list

AFEE Blog. The primary responsibility of the Social Media Coordinator is to create, maintain and generate content for the AFEE blog. The SMC should make at least one blog post per week. These can be very simple, such as links to interesting materials or articles or links to an article in the latest issue of the JEI. Or they can be more detailed, such as an institutionalist commentary on a current issue or a link to an article along with some comments. The SMC should actively encourage and recruit guest posts.

AFEE Twitter Feed. The SMS will set up and maintain an active AFEE twitter page. This will include links to all blog posts and to new materials on the AFEE web page and in the JEI, and other creative uses of Twitter. For example, the SMC should try to make sure that one or more people are live tweeting from AFEE conferences and events. There should be a minimum of one tweet per week.

AFEE Facebook Page. The AFEE Facebook page is another important venue to promote institutionalism and to build a community of institutionalist scholars. The SMC will maintain and augment the AFEE Facebook page, posting links to the AFEE blog and twitter feed, and stimulating conversations and connections.

Managing the AFEEMAIL email discussion list. The SMC is the moderator for all afeemail posts. This requires the SMC to read through and approve AFEEMAIL posts on a daily basis. The purpose of AFEEMAIL moderation is to prevent flame wars and to prevent the list from being hijacked by individuals who are not posting messages in keeping with the purpose of AFEEMAIL. The SMC will also work with afeemail list members to manage their subscriptions. This tends to occur a few times each month, and includes such activities as changing members’ email addresses, or changing their subscription options. The SMC might also work to stimulate conversation on AFEEMAIL by organizing web seminars or other forms of e-conversation relevant to institutional economists. This could be done in conjunction with the other AFEE social media outlets.

Other Social Media. In the rapidly changing landscape of social media, it is the SMC’s job to keep the AFEE Committee on Publications and Social Media abreast of the major changes in social media, and to propose new initiatives in this area when they are warranted.

Association Duties. The Social Media Coordinator will make an annual report to the AFEE board on the association’s social media resources, including annual costs and a description of major changes. Ideally that report should be made available by December 1 so that board members have enough time to read the report prior to the January board meeting. The SMC also serves as an ex officio member of the AFEE Committee on Publications and Social Media.