Heterodox Economics Newsletter
Issue 97 | March 29, 2010

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From the Editors

We should begin with a breaking news: ''the Department of Economics and Policy Studies at Notre Dame has been officially dissolved" (see David Ruccio's blog article). Despite its popularity and relevance, administrators have decided to eliminate the program and proceed with a single, mainstream department. As memories of the global crisis fade, business returns to normal... and society is moving toward "economically single-minded communities'' (Veblen in the Theory of the Leisure Class).... and what's next?  

Even though the global crisis has prompted Nobel prize winning economists to ridicule the discipline and mainstream theory, that is obviously not enough.  Maybe the battle needs to be taken to a different arena? Maybe Heterodox economists need to make a concerted effort to influence public opinion by writing pieces in non-professional outlets, like local newspapers, online and alternative media?
Whenever I do write pieces for these outlets, I am always thanked for attempting to make difficult issues understandable.  More and more people are turning to alternative media for their information, and we should be trying to influence the debates on current issues, and highlighting the poor record of mainstream economics.  Financial regulation and deficit reduction are hot issues in the U.S., and while heterodox views are promoted at several progressive policy institutes, it should be our responsibility to get those views into the media.  For example, why do we hear so many people talk about the Health Care Bill's influence on the deficit, but not the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts? In fact, maybe we should add a new section to the Newsletter with links to popular pieces, editorials, etc. written by heterodox economists? How many heterodox economics blogs are out there? Why not use the power of the internet to help make our voices heard?  Send us your ideas.  This Newsletter reaches over 4,000 heterodox economists; we can make a difference.

Ted Schmidt and Tae-Hee Jo, Editors

Table of Contents
Call for Papers
Can It Happen Again?
URPE Summer Conference
International Conference on Production and Distribution
The Revival of Political Economy: Prospects for sustainable provision
13th International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network
Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
Oxford Hegel conference
14th FMM Conference: Stabilising an unequal economy?
Second International Conference on Science in Society
Alternative Perspectives of a Good Society
Responding to Global crises: New Development Paths
A New Conference in Heterodox Political Economy
North American Labor History Conference
Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Graduate Conference
The Economic Crisis: A New Deal for the Field of Economics?
The European Science Foundation - Liu Conference
The Crisis of Capitalism and Its Solution: Socialism of the 21st Century
Agrarian Reforms: Past and Future
Conferences, Seminars and Lectures
The Economics of Climate Change
Britain's economic performance since the 1980s
Hallsworth Conference
London Critical Theory Summer School
May Day 2010 Conference
PEF at the CEA 2010
Natural Resources and Sustainability
Richard Seymour on 'Racism in Britain Today'
A topical debate Roger Bootle and Martin Weale
Food poverty and inequality: The growth of hunger in the UK
L’ingénierie financière et la crise : le contournement des règles par l’innovation
XII Congreso De La Sociedad Latinoamericana De Estudios Sobre America Latina Y Del Caribe (Solar)
Job Postings for Heterodox Economist
Saint Peter’s College
University of Minnesota-Morris
University of Greenwich Business School
New Economics Foundation
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
The Bureau of Economics of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Conference Papers, Reports, and Articles
Development Viewpoint
Global Labour Column
IIPPE Financialization Working Paper Series
RMF Report on the Eurozone Crisis: Beggar Thyself and Thy Neighbour
Heterodox Journals and Newsletters
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 69(2)
Challenge, 53(2):March-April 2010
Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 3(1)
Journal of Economic Methodology, 17(1)
International Review of Applied Economics, 24(2)
Metroeconomica, 61(2): May 2010
real-world economics review, 52: March 2010
Rethinking Marxism, 22(2)
Science & Society, 74(3): July 2010
Socio-Economic Review, 8(2): April 2010
nef e-letter
IIPPE Newsletter: March 2010
CCPA National Update
Levy News
Post Keynesian Economics Study Group
Heterodox Books and Book Series
Bonfire of Illusions : The twin crises of the liberal world
Contemporary Capitalism and Its Crises: Social Structure of Accumulation Theory for the 21st Century
Currencies, Capital Flows and Crises: A post Keynesian analysis of exchange rate determination
Introducing Microeconomic Analysis : Issues, Questions, and Competing Views
Introducing Macroeconomic Analysis:  Issues, Questions, and Competing Views
Canada’s Resource Economy in Transition: The Past, Present, and Future of Canadian Staples Industries
Global Capitalism in Crisis: Karl Marx & The Decay of the Profit System
In And Out Of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Volume I: The Social Determination of Method
Tenses of Imagination : Raymond Williams on Science Fiction, Utopia and Dystopia
The Structural Crisis of Capital
The Myth of the global market: Critique of neoliberalism
Heterodox Book Reviews
Capitalism and the Jews
The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle
The Rise and Fall of the American System
The Foundations of Female Entrepreneurship: Enterprise
Heterodox Web Sites and Associates
Politics and Economy in Latin America - Heterodox Perspectives
The Trans Atlantic
Historical Materialism Toronto Conference Website
Heterodox PhD Scholarships
University of Athens, Greece
Queries from Heterodox Economists
Request for Heterodox Course Syllabi
Survey for the 2010 National Worker Cooperative Conference
Call for Panelists: Economic and Social Efficiency of Financial Markets. Or, Some Practical Suggestions on How to Prevent the Next Crisis
For Your Information
The Department of Economics and Policy Studies at the University of Notre Dame has been officially dissolved.
Petition: Save the BLS International Labor Comparisons Program
Financement de L'Agence Française de Développement
Leave It All Behind

Call for Papers

Can It Happen Again?

Sustainable policies to mitigate and prevent financial crises

A list of possible topics includes, but is not limited to:

Please send a one page abstract in pdf format, not exceeding 300 words, to the following address (can_it@unimc.it) no later than April 30th 2010.

In the body of the message your name, affiliation, and  the title of your submission should be included. Accepted proposals will be notified by May 30th. Papers should be sent by September 15th 2010.

    Registration Fees covering admission to the conference sessions, lunch and coffee break refreshments, a Conference dinner,  and copy of the programme with abstracts of selected papers € 160.

Dipartimento di Studi sullo Sviluppo Economico
Bank name: Banca delle Marche, Macerata
IBAN: IT84U0605513401000000018320

Further information about the conference will be provided later on this website: http://www.unimc.it/can_it/

URPE Summer Conference

July 30-August 2, 2010. High Falls, New York, USA

Papers and workshops proposals are being accepted for the 2010 Annual Summer Conference of the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE).  The conference dates are July 30 - August 2, and its location the Epworth Center, High Falls, NY.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Global Climate Change and Capitalism.”  Now is the time for Heterodox Economists of all persuasions to find creative solutions, provide serious analysis and speak out on climate change – especially the economic causes and consequences! As always we are looking for Political Economy papers from all disciplines (including at least sociology, political science, urban studies, and anthropology in addition to economics). The conference always includes relatively more technical presentations of Political Economy research from scholars and graduate students in all stages of development, as well as more popular and activist oriented presentations. Political Economy papers that address the issue of climate change are encouraged, however more general political economy submissions are of course as every year warmly welcomed!!  
Please consider forming a workshop with 2 to 4 papers on a common theme that you and your colleagues might be working on. Or just submit a paper. Please send all submissions to: laura.ebert@marist.edu. Workshops and papers will be considered until all space is filled. While last minute submissions are welcome, there might not be room for your panel at that point, so please get your submission in early.  
For more information about URPE (Union for Radical Political Economics) or the Summer Conference, visit our website (www.urpe.org) or contact the URPE National Office at 413-577-0806 or urpe@labornet.org. Our website also includes a section on the Summer Conference.

International Conference on Production and Distribution

An international conference to celebrate 50 years anniversary of the publication of Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities.

September 4-6 2010, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan
Conference website: http://www.kisc.meiji.ac.jp/~confyagi/top.html
Deadline of Submission of Abstract : June 10th, 2010
Mail to : yagi8@kisc.meiji.ac.jp
Prof. Takashi Yagi
School of Political Science and Economics,
Meiji University
1-1 Kandasurugadai, Chiyodaku, Tokyo,
TEL: +81-3-3296-2089,
FAX: +81-3-3296-2350
E.mail: yagi8@kisc.meiji.ac.jp
URL: http://www.kisc.meiji.ac.jp/~yagi8/yagi.htm

The Revival of Political Economy: Prospects for sustainable provision

Coimbra, Portugal, October 21-23, 2010

Updated Call for papers

The recent financial collapse and the ensuing economic downturn are still imposing hardship and suffering upon millions all over the world, especially the poor and the unemployed. The crisis has raised public awareness of the consequences of neoliberal drift and of the shortcomings of a mainstream academic economics that did not anticipate the financial meltdown and economic downturn, and even actively contributed to setting up the new (toxic) financial architecture. For many - economists, managers and politicians - the depression has been a sobering experience. Statements produced in the heat of events even suggest that this could be an opportunity both for seriously reconsidering and reversing the trend towards a growing financialisation of the economy, and for recasting the very foundations of knowledge of the economy. However, at the first signs of recovery, the habitual ways of thought, and of doing politics and business are settling down once again.

The need is therefore felt - with a sense of urgency - to widen public debate stimulated by renewed social science perspectives on economic issues. The failure of mainstream economics, acknowledged by many, calls for a revival and renewal of political economy. This will be achieved by strengthening the ongoing dialogue among scholars in all fields of the social sciences and humanities interested in economic processes and their relation to politics, morality, culture and nature.

The reflection needed must go beyond means and measures that may secure a return to a ‘normal’ growth regime and move on to reconsider the ends to be pursued by public policies and institutional change. The new political economy in the making should address the issue of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. Prosperity – the purpose of any economy – can no longer be separated from social justice and environmental values.

With the intent of bringing together researchers from different disciplines and theoretical traditions for a reflection on the road ahead towards a sustainable economy, we call for participation in this Conference, to be held in Coimbra, Portugal, on 21-23 October, 2010.
Papers are welcome addressing any of the following (or closely related) topics:
1. Capitalisms and institutional change
2. Sustainability: economic, social and environmental
3. The Revival of Political Economy
Abstract submission
Conference details

Download Call for Papers and Poster.

13th International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network

June 30, July 1-2, 2010
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
The deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals has been extended to April 12th 2010. The full call for papers, details, registration instructions, preliminary featured speakers, and accommodation are available at the Congress website: www.bien2010brasil.com. Information is also available on the BIEN website: www.basicincome.org.
Paper and panel proposals should be emailed to bien2010.callforpapers@gmail.com.

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

10 March 2010. At Copenhagen, Denmark.
Theme: Impacts, responses and initial lessons of the financial crisis for low-income countries
The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) will host a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 14 and 15, 2010, on the impacts, responses and lessons of the financial crisis for low income countries. The conference organizers kindly request scholarly papers that address themes that include, but are not exclusively limited to, the three areas outlined below. Submissions are especially encouraged from researchers based in low income countries. Financial support is available for presenters to attend the conference. The conference will include a high-level panel discussion concerning the long-run consequences of the crisis for development strategies. Confirmed panel members include: Finn Tarp (Director, UNUWIDER),Howard Stein (University of Michigan), Jan Kregel (Levy Economics Institute), John Weeks(SOAS, Department of Economics), Richard King (Oxfam GB), and Sam Mensah (SEM Financial Group & International Growth Center, Ghana).

Since 2007, low income countries have faced turbulent and adverse external economic conditions. As macroeconomic and microeconomic data now become available, careful empirical documentation of the effects of these trends across different countries, sectors and demographic sub-groups is needed. Relevant questions to address may include: have observed changes in macroeconomic indicators been consistent with the predicted effects of the crisis? How vulnerable are low income countries to further economic turbulence (e.g., a “double dip” recession)? What have been the responses of formal and informal labour markets? How have households adjusted livelihood strategies?
The financial crisis provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the effectiveness of orthodox and unorthodox social and economic policies. We seek to understand the nature and effectiveness of the different policies low income governments have adopted in reaction to the crisis. In addition, one can reflect on the contribution of bilateral and multilateral donors in assisting low income countries to respond to changes in external conditions.
Although the long-run implications of the crisis remain to be seen, some initial lessons may be drawn. What does the crisis tell us about the binding constraints to development in low income countries and the risks associated with different kinds of development strategies (e.g., export-led growth)? Looking forward, and in light of the persistence of global imbalances, what kinds of macroeconomic strategies are appropriate for low income countries? How can low income countries best foster policy space and flexibility to respond to future challenges?
The conference is open to academics, policymakers, and other researchers in the social sciences.
EITHER extended abstracts (approx. 500 words) OR draft manuscripts should be submitted by 01 June 2010. These should be sent electronically to the conference mailbox: financialcrisis@diis.dk. Each submission should include details of the author – i.e., full name, institutional affiliation, postal address, email and contact telephone.
Authors of accepted manuscripts will be contacted by 30 June 2010 at the latest. Completed papers should then be submitted by 10 September 2010. Final submissions will be published by the Danish Institute for International Studies as working papers (with authors’ permission).
Please address any questions to Martin Højland or Sam Jones at the conference mailbox: financialcrisis@diis.dk.
Nanna Hvidt (Director, DIIS), Peter Gibbon (DIIS), Jakob Vestergard (DIIS) & Sam Jones (University ofCopenhagen).
Download Call for Papers.

Oxford Hegel conference

The Many Colours of Hegelianism: Hegel's Philosophy and its Reception in an International Context

4-5 June, 2010

Supported by the Department of Politics and International Relations, the Faculty of Philosophy, New College, and Trinity College, the conference will bring together scholars who work on Hegel's thought and its reception in different cultural contexts.

While Hegel's philosophy itself is an ongoing object of study in philosophy departments all over the world, his influence on the history of ideas, apart from the obvious influence on Marxism, has been less in focus. The political, social, and intellectual landscapes of different countries have influenced the ways in which thinkers have taken up Hegel's philosophy, and influenced the choice of the aspects of his philosophy that were turned into different forms of "Hegelianism".

In focussing on four cultural-geographic areas-the Anglo-American world, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Romanic countries, and the German-speaking countries and Scandinavia-the reception and further development of Hegel's philosophy in different parts of the world will be considered in comparative perspective. We hope to bring out a common theme, or themes, that unite Hegelianism in such different shapes as, for example, British Idealism, Russian mysticism and Kojève's master-slave dialectics. A further focus will be on what Hegelianism means today, both in the academic field and in a wider cultural context.
Keynote speakers:


Advance registration is required and a registration fee of £20 for two days (student rate £10 for two days) will be payable. Registration will close at noon on Saturday 1 May. Please note that you will be informed by email when your place is confirmed. Please do not send payment until you have received this email to confirm your place. Thank you.
Please note that the registration fee includes the cost of tea and coffee provided during morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch is not included in the registration fee.

14th FMM Conference: Stabilising an unequal economy?

Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies (FMM) organises its 14th conference on ‘Stabilising an unequal economy?’: Public debt, financial regulation, and income distribution.
29 – 30 October 2010, Berlin
Minsky’s question of how to stabilise an unstable economy is obviously of renewed importance today. But are the present policies merely stabilising an unsustainable accumulation regime based on income polarisation and the dominance of financial markets? What are the economic and political implications of rising public debt? How can financial regulation contribute to stability as well as equity?
The submission of papers in the following areas is encouraged:
For the open part of the conference the submission of papers on the general subject of
the Research Network is encouraged as well. We also ask for the submission of papers
for graduate student sessions on both the specific topic of this conference and the general
subject of the Research Network. We intend to organise an introductory workshop on
Keynesian economics aimed at graduate students on 28 October.
Conference language is English. Selected papers will be published after the conference.
The deadline for paper proposals is 25 June 2010. Please send an abstract (one page) to
fmm@boeckler.de. Decisions will be made by mid-August. Accepted papers should be sent
in by 15 October to be posted on the conference web page.
Organising Committee of the conference:
More on the Research Network: www.network-macroeconomics.org
Download FMM Call for Papers.

Second International Conference on Science in Society

Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain, 11-13 November 2010

Conference website : www.ScienceinSocietyConference.com 
This conference addresses the social impacts, values, pedagogies, politics and economics of science. It is an inclusive forum that welcomes a breadth of perspectives on science from practitioners, teachers and researchers representing a wide range of academic disciplines. 
The Science in Society Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. The Conference was inaugurated in 2009 at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. We are pleased to hold this year's conference at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain.
In addition to Plenary Presentations from leading speakers in the field, the Science in Society Conference includes parallel presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We invite you to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters submit their written papers for publication in the peer refereed "International Journal of Science in Society". If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal as well as the option of uploading a video presentation to our YouTube channel.
The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 March 2010. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the conference website:www.ScienceinSocietyConference.com.

In 2011 the conference will be held in Washington D.C. at American Catholic University, 5-7 August. We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Madrid in November.

Alternative Perspectives of a Good Society

Updated Call for Papers for a Book Proposal
Editor: John Marangos


After the successful joint session of AFEE/ASE with the theme “Alternative Perspectives of a Good Society” at the ASSA meeting in Atlanta, there appears to be a need for a collection of papers to be published (with interest from Palgrave for possible inclusion in the Perspectives from Social Economics series) questioning the dominant paradigm, not only in economics, but in the society at large. The book proposal would consist of a collection of papers recruited from the joint AFEE/ASE session at the ASSA meeting and from this Call for Papers. The papers should examine and explicitly deal with issues from alternative perspectives that have been ignored by the dominant socio-economic theory and practice. The papers should examine and question the prevailing consensus and as such illustrate alternative processes to the ongoing transformation of society for the benefit of the people. The methodology adopted should be holistic, historical, dynamic and comparative in nature. Researchers should aim to use alternative perspectives in ways that go beyond traditional socio-economic theories. The focus may be, but not restricted to, alternative economic processes and policy proposals, alternative politics and institutions, the role of ideology and culture, alternative perspective of ethics, and gender issues.
    Those interested should submit an extended abstract of 300-350 words by 9 April 2010 as a word attachment. For queries and submissions contact:

John Marangos, Department of Economics University of Crete, Rethymno, 74100, Crete, Greece Ph: (+30) 28310-77426, Fax: (+30) 28310-77406 email: marangos@econ.soc.uoc.gr

Download Call for Papers.

Responding to Global crises: New Development Paths

UNCTAD's 2nd Public Symposium
May 2010

The confluence of the global crises have been discussed extensively over the last year and continues to remain at the centre of world concerns due to the effects on the global economy and significant slowdowns in economic growth particularly in the case of developing and emerging economies.

UNCTAD's 2nd Public Symposium will debate "Responding to Global Crises: New Development Paths". It will examine policy ideas emanating from the economic and financial crises and go beyond to look at more inclusive and sustainable sets of polices at the national and international levels as a response mechanism.

In our efforts to broaden the debate and better reflect the ideas and opinions of all development stakeholders, we are hereby launching a call for papers/ inputs. The overall aim of the call for papers is to gather your views and feedback on your position(s) with regard to the main issues to be addressed at the symposium.

Symposium sub-topics for the proposal of papers:
1. Rethinking global economic governance: towards trade and financial reforms for enhancing development
2. Sustainable development strategies

Papers/inputs should reach the UNCTAD secretariat as soon as possible and no later than Friday, 30 April 2010, by:

E-mail:  publicsymposium@unctad.org
Fax:      +41 22 917 0056
Tel:       +41 22 917 5048
            +41 22 917 1848
             +41 22 917 2475
Post:   UNCTAD Public Symposium
          Civil Society Outreach Unit,
          Communications, Information and Outreach,
          UNCTAD, Palais des Nations,
          Avenue de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland

Details can be found at http://www.unctad.info/en/Public-Symposium-2010/About-UNCTAD/Call-for-Papers/

A New Conference in Heterodox Political Economy

York University, Toronto, Canada

October 29-31, 2010


Theme: Crisis of Capital, Crisis of Theory: A Call for New Interrogations


A group of students are organzing a new conference in heterdox political economy to be held at York in October of 2010 (open to both faculty and graduate students). The conference will investigate the financial crisis and will also examine new theoretical frameworks within heterodox political economy. The dual crisis of capital and of theory will be of interest to many social scientists. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to casp.york@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2010.


Download Call for Papers.

North American Labor History Conference

Class, Social Movements and the New Politics
Thirty-Second Annual North American Labor History Conference
Wayne State University, October 21-23, 2010.

The Program Committee of the North American Labor History Conference invites proposals for sessions and papers on “Class, Social Movements and the New Politics” for our thirty-second annual meeting.

    Recent elections have shown the emergence of new political demographics and the increased influence of young voters, progressive voters and workers. New labor alliances have increasingly focused their energies on securing and promoting a fresh understanding of how politics can serve workers. This year’s conference examines the intersection of politics and workers in order to understand how this relationship has developed. We welcome papers that examine this theme broadly: looking at the ways workers participate in politics, define political interests, create electoral alliances and understand their place in a political system.
Please submit panel and paper proposals (including 1-2 page abstracts and brief vitas or biographical statements for all participants) by April 5, 2010 to :

Professor Janine Lanza, Coordinator, North American Labor History
Conference Department of History, 3094 Faculty Administration Building
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313/577-2525; Fax: 313 577-6987;
Email: nalhc@wayne.edu
Faxed, mailed or emailed proposals accepted.
The North American Labor History Conference is sponsored by the Department of History, the Walter P. Reuther Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University.

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Graduate Conference

Thursday 13 May 2010
University of Sussex Center for Literature & Philosophy, Brighton
'Utopia, Dystopia and Critical Theory'
A One-day Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduate and Research Students.

Keynote Speaker: Prof Peter Osborne (Middlesex)



Postgraduate and Research Students as well as early career researchers working in philosophy, social, political and/or literary theory are invited to submit an abstract of 200 to 400 words on any topic related to the conference theme, prepared for blind reviewing, for a 20-minute paper to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Eight papers will be selected for three themed sessions, followed by a keynote talk.

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in Studies and Social & Political Thought, a graduate journal published by the Center for Social and Political Theory at the University of Sussex since 1990 (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cspt/1-6-1.html).
The deadline for submissions is 04 April 2010. Notification of acceptance will be sent out within a week. Abstracts or questions should be addressed to: sspt2010@googlemail.com

Possible topics include:

The Economic Crisis: A New Deal for the Field of Economics?

Revue de la Régulation, Capitalisme, Institutions, Pouvoirs

It is a truism that a fair number of economists failed to see the current crisis coming, a point that has found particular resonance in the writings of Paul Krugman. Notwithstanding this fact, these very same economists have offered countless conferences, declarations, and interviews in which they draw lessons from the crisis and either identify or correct the « dysfunctions » that caused it.
La Revue de la Régulation proposes a special issue that will reconsider this paradox through an attempt to understand how certain features of the discipline itself contributed to this situation, including both its internal organization (modes of production and dissemination of knowledge, rules of operation and evaluation) and its complex relationships with other disciplines such as sociology, history, political science, and mathematics. Additional factors that merit consideration include the ties between economics and the domains of politics, the media, and business, and the relationship between the crisis and recent reconfigurations of the field.
The editors invite contributions from pluridisciplinary perspectives : science studies, the sociology of knowledge and of professions, network analysis, the history of economic thought, the history of science, epistemology, etc. Contributions that develop themes from the following non-exhaustive list will receive particular attention:

Deadline for contributions to this issue: April 15, 2010
regulation@revues.org |http://regulation.revues.org
Download Call for Papers in English and in French.

The European Science Foundation - Liu Conference

Paying Attention: Digital Media Cultures and Generational Responsibility
6-10 September 2010

Scandic Linköping Vast, Linköping, Sweden

Chaired by:


"Paying Attention" concerns the politics, ethics and aesthetics of the attention economy. This is the social and technical milieu in which web native generations live much of their lives. It will address key questions like: What architectures of power are at work in the attention economy? How is it building new structures of experience? What kinds of value does this architecture produce? "Paying Attention" encourages dialogue between researchers from the fields of Cultural and New Media Studies, Education, Communications, Economics, Internet studies, Human Computer Interface Studies, Art and Design. It also seeks the input and insights of creative practitioners exploring critical and alternative uses of new media forms and technologies.

Key themes will include:

Conference format:
Invited speakers will include:
To learn more about the conference, please click here.

Conference participation is possible only after successful application. To apply, please click here.

Deadline for application: 1 May 2010

The Crisis of Capitalism and Its Solution: Socialism of the 21st Century

May 29-30, 2010 at Suzhou City, China
Hosted by WAPE and by International College of Renmin University of China

Call for Papers

The World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) registered in Hong Kong, China, with Prof. Enfu Cheng, President of Academy of Marxism of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as its Chair, is an international academic organization founded on an open, non-profit, and voluntary basis by Marxian economists and related groups around the world. The standing body of WAPE includes the council, secretariat, academic committee and advisory committee. The mission of WAPE is to utilize modern Marxian economics to analyze and study the world economy, reveal the law of development and its mechanism, and offer policies to promote economic and social progress on the national and global level, so as to improve the welfare of all the people in the world. The last four WAPE forums were successively held in Shanghai, Shimane (Japan), Beijing and Paris during 2006-2009.

The Fifth WAPE Forum, “The Crisis of Capitalism and its Solution: Socialism of the 21st Century”, will be hosted by WAPE and by International College of Renmin University of China on May 29-30, 2010 at Suzhou City, China. Please send your application and an abstract of 500 words before January 15, 2010. Send your paper of 6000 words on the above topic, together with your curriculum vitae stating your affiliation, contact information, list of publications, etc., before March 31, 2010*, to Prof. Xiaoqin Ding, Deputy Secretary General of WAPE (wape2006@gmail.com). Official invitations will be issued when submitted papers are reviewed and accepted.

*Editor's note: the deadline for application is extended to the end of April.

For more details, download Call for Papers.

Agrarian Reforms: Past and Future

Reforms related to land ownership is a modern hope. After Philosophes, theologians and thinkers had earlier made their own proposals for change, political reformers then tried to implement their own specific reforms, their objectives being however different, whether in Britain or in Continental Europe (German and Scandinavian countries, France, the Iberian and Italian peninsulas). At the end of the 18th century, the French Revolution had a significant agrarian and peasant component, as we all know. The nationalization and sale of clergy and aristocratic land and property, which aimed at suppressing the forces hostile to the Revolutionary process, opened the door to important land transfers as a short-term or medium-term phenomenon, which also favorised some groups within the peasantry.

In different ways in the 19th century, various places, including Russia and America, were affected by issues related to land distribution and land ownership. These two phenomena also reflected socio-economic and political demands which within empires were often associated to the recognition of the peoples and nations without State deprived of self-determination and to their fight against oppression towards liberty. The peasantry and its fight for land against large land owners and foreign or national squires and hobereaux were thus recurrently caught in the middle of national movements.
    It was however in 1910 —one hundred years ago only— that the concept of “agrarian reform” was for the first time formulated and given its contemporary meaning. And with the word, there followed its concrete political implementation, within a victorious popular movement. It was in Mexico that the first twentieth-century revolution took place with the development of peasant movements and the establishment of revolutionary governments. There, agrarian reforms reflected the fight for land ownership changes, for labour reforms, for the transformation of the production and redistribution of wealth, and also for state power. The slogan “Land and liberty” which symbolized then and for several decades Indian and Mexican peasants’ aspirations became the touchstone of all the agrarian reforms which were then proposed and implemented. The 20th Century knew several agrarian reforms, some being more radical
than others, proposed either by peasant or working-class revolutionary groups or by reformatory States (sometimes military and/or nationalist ones) and even political projects whose programs aimed at preserving the status quo in their current society and government in an attempt to counteract and downplay growing revolutionary movements. This world trend spared almost no part of the world from old Russia (now USSR), the People’s Republic of China, Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, India, Indochina, Latin America, and even Africa before and after decolonization.
    The History Section of the VI International Marx Conference entitled Crisis, revolts, utopias
(http://netx.u-paris10.fr/actuelmarx/cm6/index6.htm), which will meet in Paris — September 22nd – 25th, 2010 — proposes a workshop to discuss these contemporary issues using a Marxist and historical perspective. It welcomes specialists of the study of agrarian reforms in the world. The intent is also to engage in discussions on today’s rural reality and on human and natural disasters taking place in rural areas which experienced several decades of ruthless global neoliberal governance. The organizers will also encourage debates on the future of the campaign for agrarian reforms in its original form, one which seems more topical than ever.

Please send paper proposals (title and abstract), until 30/06/2010, to:
Pablo F. Luna (Université Paris Sorbonne): pablo-fernando.luna@paris-sorbonne.fr

Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

The Economics of Climate Change

An International Conference at The New School

Friday, April 09, 2010 - Saturday, April 10, 2010. 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

PLACE: Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street), New York City
We may already be past the tipping point on climate change. Where do we go after Copenhagen's failure?
For two days, U.S. and international academics, government officials, and policy analysts will join to study the economic issues associated with carbon emission, climate change, and emission regulation. The conference will offer important lessons on how to enact effective climate change policy in light of the United States’ fragile economy and the post-Copenhagen tensions between developed and developing countries.
The program includes keynote speeches by Hirofumi Uzawa of Tokyo University and Ernst Ulrich von Weizacker, former chairman of the German Parliament’s Environmental Committee. Participants include representatives from the European Commission and the Obama Administration; Tariq Banuri, director of the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and member of the Nobel Prize-winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Alfred Greiner of the University of Bielefeld; Geoffrey Heal of Columbia University; and Franz Wirl of the University of Vienna. New School faculty includes Lopamudra Banerjee, Edward Nell and Willi Semmler from The New School for Social Research and Michael Cohen of the Graduate Program of International Affairs.
ADMISSION: Free. Reservations required. Go to www.newschool.edu/cepa to RSVP.
For more information, call 212-229-5901 x4911 or email scepa@newschool.edu.
Sponsored by The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis and the Economics Department of The New School for Social Research. The conference is made possible by support from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Alex C. Walker Foundation and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York.

Britain's economic performance since the 1980s

The April issue of the National Institute Economic Review will feature articles on "Britain's economic performance since the 1980s". This volume, which will be highly topical in the light of the forthcoming general election, will focus on various aspects of this economic performance. To coincide with the Review's publication we are holding a seminar where two of the authors will present their papers. The focus of the seminar will be a discussion of employment and skills' policy issues over the last two decades.
Date and time:    
2 Dean Trench Street, Smith Square
London SW1P 3HE
The speakers and topics will be as follows:
The title is: The UK Labour Market in Recession and Recovery
The title is: Working and Learning under New Labour: what has happened to young people who don't go straight into higher education?
The event is free but registration is required.
If you would like to attend the event or to receive further information, please contact
Pat Shaw by email: p.shaw@niesr.ac.uk or phone: 020 7654 1905.

Hallsworth Conference

Financialisation and Environment: The Implications for Environmental Governance of the Global Financial Crisis

15-16 April, 2010, University of Manchester

Conference announcement
This international  conference aims to open up an important new agenda of research on the implication of the financial crisis for financialised modes of governance of environmental goods. Finance capital has always, to some degree, played a role in environmental management. However, over the last quarter century that role has altered: finance has played a much more direct role in the delivery of environmental policy in a range of issue-areas. That is, there has been an intensification and extensification of the linkages between the financial sector and the provision of environmental goods and services. Whether it is the de-regulation of energy, the provision of urban services such as water and sewerage, or the restoration of wetland habitats, the rate, extent and conditions under which environmental goods and services are made available have been increasingly tied to the circulation and expansion of money capital in its various forms. Marketised modes of governance in areas such as CO2 emissions have been increasingly linked to financial markets. The environment, in short, has been one of the primary arenas through which ‘financialisation’ – that is, the expansion of financial products and services into whole new domains – has played out in the last decade or so.

The current financial crisis has brought these new modes of governance into question. The finance sector is currently under close scrutiny, within and without, heralding a period of regulatory reform within the sector as we look ahead. We are currently experiencing a moment of profound questioning about the financial sector, a questioning that has both an empirical component – how does it work, how can it be reformed – and a normative one – who should the finance sector be for?  Those questions have particular relevance for a variety of different sectors and services. 

    The conference will examine the promiscuity of finance (its capacity to enter a whole range of areas of environmental governance), and also the variable extent to which finance dominates over other concerns. In other words, we have a range of natural experiments in leaving the provision of environmental goods and services to the ‘logics’ money capital. The conference will open up a new research agenda that has been under-explored. To date, ecological modernisation has focused on production processes and, to a lesser extent, on consumption: it has not thematised finance capital. At the same time the literature on finance and financialisation has not paid much attention to environment, except perhaps in regard to thinking about the blockages/obstacles to financialisation. The questions the conference will address include the following:
Confirmed speakers at the conference include:
Ulrich Brand  (University of Vienna), Patrick Bond (Centre for Civil Society, Durban), Larry Lohmann (Cornerhouse), Joan Martínez Alier (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Sam Randalls (University College London),  Leonardo Sakamoto (Member of Brazilian Comission for the Eradication of Slave Labour and NGO Repórter Brasil),  Christian Zeller (University of  Salzburg)
The conference is hosted by the Political Economy Institute and Society and Environment Research Group at Manchester University
Conference convenors
John O’Neill and Erik Swyngedouw
Noémie Rouault. Tel: 0161 275 7058 (ext 57058) | noemie.rouault@manchester.ac.uk
The Hallsworth conference has been planned to coincide with another major interenational conference at Manchester on the  related theme Finance In Question/Finance In Crisis. This conference has been organised by the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) and will take place between 12-14 April 2010. Details of this conference can be found on the CRESC website

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London Critical Theory Summer School

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities is organising this summer the first London Critical Theory Summer School. The general theme this year is 'Critical Theory and the Political'. This will be a unique opportunity for graduate students and academics to follow a course of study with internationally renowned critical thinkers. The aim of the course is to foster exchange and debate and will consist of at least 6 modules over the two weeks, each convened by one of the participating academics. This course will not offer transfer of credits.

Participating Academics will include:
Etienne Balibar, Drucilla Cornell, Costas Douzinas , Stephen Frosh, Esther Leslie, Jacqueline Rose & Slavoj Zizek. Special events will features lectures by Jean-Luc Nancy and Alain Badiou (tbc).

Please disseminate the information to all interested lists and people.

Information & application details: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/bih/lcts/ or email Julia Eisner j.eisner@bbk.ac.uk

May Day 2010 Conference

A Century+ of May Days: Labor and Social Struggles International Conference
April 30 -May 2, 2010   
Chicago.  DePaul University.  

Register at the Conference website: www.mayday2010.info

During May Day Weekend 2010, there will be an international gathering with people from around the world – Berlin, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Iran, Glasgow, Paris, Venezuela, London, Toronto, Vienna, Stuttgart, Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden and beyond.  From young activists to a Japanese survivor of the A-bomb and a German anti-fascist who has long outlived Hitler.  We will discuss labor and social struggles—both local and global.  Conference  participants      will be able to take part in the May Day rally organized by the Chicago Federation of Labor & Illinois Labor History Society . . . and a labor history bus tour on Saturday, May 1st.

Contact: mayday1890.2010@gmail.com     

PEF at the CEA 2010

PEF sessions at the Canadian Economics Association meetings
Quebec City, Canada. May 28-30
Friday, 09:00 - 10:30
PEF I: Was Financialization Rational for Capital?
Organizer: Robert Chernomas (U. of Manitoba)

Friday, 11:00 - 12:30
PEF II: Canada's Economic Security and the Great Recession: What Have We Learned?
Organizer: Andrew Jackson (CLC)

Friday, 14:30 - 16:00
PEF III: Panel - Is There a Market Fundamentalist Message in the Introductory Textbooks?
Organizers: Rod Hill (UNB) and Tony Myatt (UNB)

Friday, 16:30 - 18:00
PEF/URPE IV: Labour in a time of crisis, comparing experiences and prospects in Canada and the US.
Organizer: Mathieu Dufour

Friday, 18:30-20:30, PEF Social
Location TBD
Saturday, 09:00-10:30
PEF/CSLS V: Perspectives on Happiness in Canada and the United States
Organizers: Andrew Sharpe (CSLS) and Chris Barrington-Leigh (UBC)
Chair: Ian Stewart (CSLS)

Saturday, 11:00 - 12:30
PEF VI: Integrating Climate and Industrial Policies
Organizer: Marc Lee, CCPA
Chair: Marc Lee, CCPA

Saturday, 12:30 - 14:30
PEF AGM (lunch provided)

Saturday, 14:30 - 16:00
PEF VII: TITLE: "Canadian Public Finances and Monetary Policy: Sound Finance or Functional Finance"
Organizer: Mario Seccareccia (University of Ottawa)
Chair: Marc Lavoie (University of Ottawa)
Saturday, 16:30 - 18:00

Natural Resources and Sustainability

City University London – Research Half-Day Event
Thursday 29 April 2010, 2.00 – 4.00 PM
Convocation Suite, Northampton Square, City University London, London EC1V 0HB
This research half day continues a tradition of cross-University events, intended to provide an opportunity for academic and research staff and research students who work or are interested in these areas to come together:
All staff and research students are welcome to attend – please do draw this to the attention of any of your colleagues or research students who might be interested in coming along. If you wish to attend, please email Anna Ramberg (Anna.Ramberg.1@city.ac.uk) by Friday 23 April 2010 to register your name.
The event is being coordinated by Professor Martin Caraher (Centre for Food Policy), Professor Lorna Woods (The City Law School), Professor ManMohan Sodhi (Cass), Jo Bradford and Anna Ramberg (CRIDO).

Richard Seymour on 'Racism in Britain Today'

International Socialism journal seminar
6.30pm, Friday 26 March, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0GX
Richard Seymour, author of The Liberal Defence of Murder and the 'lenin's tomb' blog presents the latest in our series of seminars.
The electoral success of the fascist British National Party and the emergence of the English Defence League has forced activists in Britain to look again at the issue of racism. Cultural racism and Islamophobia seem to supplant traditional racist ideas based on biology—but what is behind this shift and just how novel is it? Richard Seymour argues that the rise in racism in Britain is driven to a considerable extent by government policies and media reaction, both liberal and conservative.

A topical debate Roger Bootle and Martin Weale

Wednesday 5th May 2010 from 12am to 2pm
National Audit Office. 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road. London SW1W 9SP

"The economic cases for early, and for later fiscal tightening"

The speakers are:
The event is free but registration is required.
If you would like to attend the event or to receive further information, please contact Pat Shaw by email: p.shaw@niesr.ac.uk mailto:p.shaw@niesr.ac.ukor phone: 020 7654 1905.

Food poverty and inequality: The growth of hunger in the UK

Thursday 13 May 2010
Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City University London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

Speaker: Professor Martin Caraher, Professor of Food and Health Policy, City University London
Chair: Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London

Find details at http://www.city.ac.uk/whatson/2010/5-may/caraher_130510.html

L’ingénierie financière et la crise : le contournement des règles par l’innovation

Avec Dominique Plihon
Professeur d’économie financière à l’Université Paris XIII, directeur de l’école doctorale Erasme en sciences humaines et sociales, président du conseil scientifique d’Attac

Mardi 30 mars 2010, de 18h à 20h
salle du conseil de Plaine Commune
21, avenue Jules-Rimet 93218 Saint-Denis,
en face du Stade de France

Discussion animée par Michel Porchet Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord

Résumé de l’intervention
Les innovations financières ont joué un rôle central dans le déclenchement et la propagation de la crise subprime à l'ensemble du système financier international. C'est en particulier le cas de la titrisation par les banques américaines des créances immobilières détenues sur les ménages. Cette innovation a permis aux grandes banques d'investissement américaines (Lehman Brthers, Goldman & Sax) de monter des produits complexes, peu transparents qui sont ensuite devenus des produits "toxiques" dans un grand nombre d'institutions bancaires et financières, notamment en Europe et en France (Natixis par exemple). Ces innovations ont contribué à la crise pour plusieurs raisons : elles ont poussé les banques à des prises de risque excessif, et elles ont été utilisées pour contourner la réglementation et le contrôle des autorités de tutelle.

On montrera que cette situation n'est pas originale. L'histoire récente montre, en effet, que l'un des moteurs principaux de l'innovation financière a souvent été d'échapper à la réglementation. D'où une course poursuite permanente entre le régulateur et le financier, ce dernier étant souvent plus rapide que le premier... Les évènements récents illustrent ce phénomène.

For more information, visit: http://www.mshparisnord.org/mardis/mardis2.htm

XII Congreso De La Sociedad Latinoamericana De Estudios Sobre America Latina Y Del Caribe (Solar)

El Instituto De Estudios Latinoamericanos Tiene El Agrado De Invitarles A Participar En El XII Congreso De La Sociedad Latinoamericana De Estudios Sobre America Latina Y Del Caribe (Solar)

Mas Informacion:www.una.ac.cr/idela | o 2562-4057 /4058 con Charleene Cortez y Francisco Robles


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Job Postings for Heterodox Economist

Saint Peter’s College

The Department of Economics and Finance at Saint Peter’s College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning in the Fall of 2010. Candidates for the position should preferably have already earned a Ph.D. in economics or are near completion of such a degree.  Preferred areas of specialization are economic development, environmental economics or health economics.  Teaching experience is required.  The teaching load is 4/4 and will include statistics, economic development and poverty and inequality.

Saint Peter’s College is a liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to diversity.  EOE.

Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, a teaching statement, a research statement, and teaching evaluations to Dr. Edwin Dickens, Chair, Department of Economics and Finance, Saint Peter’s College, 2641 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA.

University of Minnesota-Morris

Temporary Position in Economics (subject to final approval)

One-year temporary position (with the possibility of renewal) in Economics is available at the University of Minnesota-Morris, beginning in August, 2010. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise to teach in the following areas: Money & Banking, Macroeconomic Theory, and Principles of Macroeconomics. Additional courses may include electives in areas of mutual interest to the candidate and UMM.  Required qualifications are:  A.B.D in Economic or
related field (hiring will be at the Teaching Specialist level);  Ph.D. preferred (Lecturer level).  Annual teaching load is 6 courses.

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) is one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation. As one of five campuses of the University of Minnesota, UMM has a unique mission and offers the best of both in the world of higher education--a small, close-knit campus complemented by the power of a world-renowned research University system. UMM is located 160 miles WNW of Minneapolis in a small (5,000) rural community.  Our student body is diverse (19% students of color) and academically well-prepared, with 55% earning an ACT comprehensive score of 25 or higher and over 50% drawn from the top 20% of their high school classes.  Our current faculty have received 18 of the University system’s highest teaching award and are very active in research and publication.  To learn more about the University of Minnesota, Morris visit our website at http://www.morris.umn.edu. To learn more about the Economics/Management department visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/academic/Economics-Management/

Apply on-line at the University of Minnesota online Employment System at http://employment.umn.edu .  Also, please send via regular mail a coverletter, evidence of teaching effectiveness, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, and at least 2 letters of reference to:
Economics Search Committee Chair
Division of Social Sciences
University of Minnesota, Morris
600 E. 4th St.
Morris, MN 56267.  

Position open until filled; applications received by April 15th will receive full consideration. For other communications, please contact Prof. Stephen Burks at: svburks@morris.umn.edu or 320-589-6191, Fax:  320-589-6117.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  We are committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. To request disability accommodations, please contact Sarah Mattson at 320-589-6021.

University of Greenwich Business School

Lectureships in Economic Sociology

As part of our on-going development strategy, the University of Greenwich Business School is seeking Lecturers to join the Department of International Business, which provides a range of successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the fields of International Business and Applied Economics. The School, based in the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich, has a strong commitment to widening participation, diversity and internationalism and this is reflected in our staff and student profiles. The Department is ranked top in the UK for Economics in the latest National Student Satisfaction Survey and 2/3 of our research was rated world class or world leading in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

We are seeking an academic capable of conducting quality research and lecturing on programmes in any area of Economic Sociology but able to contribute to the Centre for Business Network Analysis. The role will involve teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and conducting quality research in a relevant discipline. You may also be involved in developing new part time and flexible learning courses in your area of teaching and research specialism.

Salary Scale: £33,128 - £37,882 per annum inclusive.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Further particulars for this post can be downloaded by following the links as indicated or by writing to the following address:
Personnel Office
University of Greenwich
Avery Hill Road
SE9 2UG Email: Jobs@gre.ac.uk

Closing Date: Friday 23 April 2010 at 5.00 pm

For more information, visit: http://www.gre.ac.uk/recruitment/1509g7/job-reference-1509g7

New Economics Foundation

Chief Economist
~£46k p.a.
As the world struggles to recover from the most severe and synchronised downturn since the Great Depression, the reputation of economists has rarely been lower. For many, economics was a big part of the problem and so cannot be part of any solution.
We disagree. Never has economics been more important. The challenges we face – from climate change to deep-seated poverty and inequality – are huge. They simply cannot be addressed without rigorous and radical new thinking in economics, which draws upon the resources of orthodox and heterodox approaches, and also learns from other disciplines.
The successful candidate for this exciting position will be responsible for taking forward nef’s ambitious project on the macroeconomics of sustainability, combining modelling work with the establishment of a network of like-minded practitioners, within the UK and beyond. The Chief Economist will build and integrate technical expertise within nef, developing and overseeing our work on economics and contributing to projects across all our programme areas.  
You will have a deep understanding of economic theory and practice, extensive experience as a practicing economist, excellent quantitative and analytical skills, and an extensive network of contacts that you can draw upon.  
A commitment to our values is essential and a sense of humour most welcome. 
For an application form (no CVs please) and more details see the ‘about us/job opportunities’ section of our website www.neweconomics.org or write to Cornie Lombard, nef, 3 Jonathan St, London, SE11 5NH or email cornie.lombard@neweconomics.org 
Download Job Description [nef-job-description.pdf] and Position Announcement.

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) 

For our headquarters in Brussels, we are looking for a full time SENIOR ECONOMIST
whose main tasks will be :
Qualifications required are:
We offer an attractive salary and important extra-legal benefits.
Our organisation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and, when qualified, encourages women, candidates from developing countries and members of discriminated minorities to apply.
Applications should be sent, together with CV, before 31 March 2010, to the ITUC, Carine Verstichel, 5 Boulevard Roi Albert II, box 1  1210 Brussels
tel: 02/224.03.05 “

The Bureau of Economics of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission

1. Full-time Economic Research Analysts
The Bureau of Economics of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has openings for full-time economic research analysts to assist our Ph.D. economists in antitrust and consumer protection investigations. We are looking for detail-oriented, highly motivated individuals interested in economics, math, or statistics.  Applicants should have recently graduated or expect to graduate soon with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  We also hire research analysts with masters level training. More information about our research analyst program, as well as instructions for applying can be found at

2. Summer Economic Interns
We also have openings for paid summer economic interns. Summer intern applicants must be current students, either undergraduate or graduate/Ph.D., and planning on attending school for the Fall 2010 semester.  Applicants for summer internships should send an unofficial transcript and resume to aaron Wilder at awilder@ftc.gov before April 9th.

The positions are located in Washington, DC.  U.S. citizenship is required. Please forward this announcement to any interested qualified student.

Conference Papers, Reports, and Articles

Development Viewpoint

CDPR (The Centre for Development Policy and Research)’s other thought-provoking, diversified Development Viewpoints are available on http://www.soas.ac.uk/cdpr/publications/dv/

Global Labour Column

Global Labour Column website: http://column.global-labour-university.org

IIPPE Financialization Working Paper Series

The IIPPE Financialization Group is pleased to announce its Working Paper Series on political economy and heterodox research in finance. This working paper series aims at offering PHD students and young researchers the possibility to have their papers reviewed by two academics who are working in their field of research. Submission of work on all aspects of heterodoxy and finance is encouraged, with a special but not exclusive focus on developing and emerging countries.

    Upon submission, the paper will be assessed by two referees, one senior and one junior academic, according to the topic of research at hand. If the paper is accepted, it will be – after necessary revisions - published as IIPPE Financialization Working Paper Series. This process should give young researchers the chance to get feedback on their work in addition to their supervisor’s and make their workavailable to a broader audience.

Confirmed senior academics currently include Ben Fine, Victoria Chick, Tom Marois, Alfredo Saad Filho, Jan Toporowski , Alessandro Vercelli etc… .  This broad range of people should allow an efficient matching of the paper and the expertise of the selected referee.

If you are interested in submitting your paper, please send to ak82@soas.ac.uk and jm60@soas.ac.uk.

    Existing IIPPE Financialization Working Papers include papers on the political economy of central banks in emerging markets, the problem of currency substitution and a critical analysis of the transformation of the Turkish financial sector. A complete list can be found under: http://www.iippe.org/wiki/Financialisation_Working_Group

RMF Report on the Eurozone Crisis: Beggar Thyself and Thy Neighbour

C. Lapavitsas, A. Kaltenbrunner, D. Lindo, J. Michell, J.P. Painceira, E. Pires, J. Powell, A. Stenfors, N. Teles
Economists of the group Research on Money and Finance (RMF) at SOAS, University of London, coordinated by Prof. Costas Lapavitsas, have produced a report on the current crisis titled "Eurozone Crisis: Beggar Thyself and Thy Neighbour?. The report claims that the current public debt crisis of peripheral eurozone countries (Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) is related to persistent German current account surpluses. RMF proposes either structural reform of European Monetary Union, or exit from the eurozone.
Download full report
Download Executive Summary in English, Greek, Portuguese and Spanish
Download Press Release in English, Greek, Portuguese and Spanish
For Media Coverage of the Report see The Guardian (by Larry Elliott, Monday 15 March 2010).

Heterodox Journals and Newsletters

American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 69(2)

Journal website:http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0002-9246&site=1

Book Review

Challenge, 53(2):March-April 2010

Journal website: http://www.mesharpe.com/mall/results1.asp?ACR=CHA

Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 3(1)

Journal website (free to access): http://ejpe.org



Special contribution:

Book reviews:

Recent PhD thesis summaries:

Call for papers

Journal of Economic Methodology, 17(1)

Special Issue: Papers from the 2008 Madrid Conference of the International Network for Economic Method

Introduction / Uskali Mäki

Book Reviews

International Review of Applied Economics, 24(2)

Journal website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02692171.asp

Metroeconomica, 61(2): May 2010

Journal website: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118503116/home

real-world economics review, 52: March 2010

Download the entire issue: http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue52/whole52.pdf       
or download articles individually by clicking on their link.
In this issue:
Racism and Economics
Whither economics? What do we tell the students?  / Peter Radford 

Rethinking Marxism, 22(2)

Journal website: http://rethinkingmarxism.org

Symposium: Crisis of Capitalism

Science & Society, 74(3): July 2010

Journal website: www.scienceandsociety.com
Special Issue
Symposium: Capitalism and Crisis in the 21st Century
Guest Editors: Justin Holt and Julio Huato
Editorial Perspectives: Economic Crisis, Logorrheia, and the Enduring Marxist Vision

Socio-Economic Review, 8(2): April 2010

Journal website: http://ser.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol8/issue2/index.dtl

Discussion Forum I
Discussion Forum II
Review Symposium

nef e-letter

Read nef e-letter. March, 2010.


Volterra webiste: http://www.volterra.co.uk

In this issue:
Read more here.

IIPPE Newsletter: March 2010

In this Issue:
Probing 'Blood and Fire': A Political-Economic History of the Bourgainville Conflict by Kristeian Lasslett
Working Groups Page

IIPPE Newsletter website: http://www.iippe.org/wiki/IIPPE_In_Brief

CCPA National Update

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

Levy News

Upcoming Events
Public Policy Brief
Working Paper

Post Keynesian Economics Study Group

The discussion at the seminar on 9 March on “The Use and Abuse of Equilibrium” (Mark Hayes) is now available at http://www.postkeynesian.net/keynes.htm together with slides and talk (mp3).

Heterodox Books and Book Series

Bonfire of Illusions : The twin crises of the liberal world

By Alex Callinicos

Polity. Mar 2010 . 144 pp. ISBN 9780745648750
Something dramatic happened in the late summer and autumn of 2008. The post-Cold War world came to an abrupt end. This was the result of two conjoined crises. First, in its brief war with Georgia in August 2008, Russia asserted its military power to halt the expansion of NATO to its very borders. Secondly, on 15 September 2008 the Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed. This precipitated a severe financial crash and helped to push the world economy into the worst slump since the 1930s.
    Both crises marked a severe setback for the global power of the United States, which had driven NATO expansion and forced through the liberalization of financial markets. More broadly they challenged the consensus that had reigned since the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989 that a US-orchestrated liberal capitalist order could offer the world peace and prosperity. Already badly damaged by the Iraq debacle, this consensus has now suffered potentially fatal blows.
    In Bonfire of Illusions Alex Callinicos explores these twin crises. He traces the credit crunch that developed in 2007-8 to a much more protracted crisis of overaccumulation and profitability that has gripped global capitalism since the late 1960s. He also confronts the interaction between economic and geopolitical events, highlighting the new assertiveness of nation-states and analysing the tense, complex relationship of interdependence and conflict that binds together the US and China. Finally, in response to the revelation that the market is not the solution to the world's problems, Callinicos reviews the prospects for alternatives to capitalism.

For more information, visit publisher website: http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745648750

Contemporary Capitalism and Its Crises: Social Structure of Accumulation Theory for the 21st Century

Edited by Terrence McDonough, Michael Reich, and David M. Kotz

Cambridge University Press, 2010. $32.99 (paperback)
Publisher website: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogu/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521735803

The book has entries about new developments in SSA theory, globalization and the contemporary SSA, the contemporary SSA in the USA, and applications of SSA theory to South Africa, Mexico, and the Arab world. A number of the chapters offer analysis of the current financial/economic crisis. In addition to the co-editors, contributors include Robert Boyer, David Brady, Susan Carlson, Michael Gillespie, James Heintz, Victor Lippit, Raymond Michalowski, Emlyn Nardone, Karen Pfeifer, Samuel Rosenberg, Carlos Salas, William Tabb, Michael Wallace, and Martin Wolfson.

Currencies, Capital Flows and Crises: A post Keynesian analysis of exchange rate determination

by John Harvey
Routledge, January 13, 2009. ISBN-10: 0415777631 | ISBN-13: 978-0415777636. 176 pp.
Paperback edition is available in April.

Breaking from conventional wisdom, this book provides an explanation of exchange rates based on the premise that it is financial capital flows and not international trade that represents the driving force behind currency movements. John T. Harvey combines analyses rooted in the scholarly traditions of John Maynard Keynes and Thorstein Veblen with that of modern psychology to produce a set of new theories to explain international monetary economics, including not only exchange rates but also world financial crises.

    In the book, the traditional approach is reviewed and critiqued and the alternative is then built by studying the psychology of the market and balance of payments questions. The central model has at its core Keynes’ analysis of the macroeconomy and it assumes neither full employment nor balanced trade over the short or long run. Market participants’ mental model, which they use to forecast future exchange rate movements, is specified and integrated into the explanation. A separate but related discussion of currency crises shows that three distinct tension points emerge in booming economies, any one of which can break and signal the collapse. Each of the models is compared to post-Bretton Woods history and the reader is shown exactly how various shifts and adjustments on the graphs can explain the dollar’s ups and downs and the Mexican (1994) and Asian (1997) crises.

Introducing Microeconomic Analysis : Issues, Questions, and Competing Views

Edited by Hassan Bougrine, Ian Parker, Mario Seccareccia
Emond Montgomery Publications, Available Spring 2010. ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-55239-378-9. 336 pp.
Touching on both theoretical and real-world topics, this collection of debates addresses issues such as the role of consumers and advertising, the nature of markets, privatization and regulation, poverty, the intersection of economics with the environment, foreign ownership, and much more. www.emp.ca/micro
What key questions should students consider in order to gain a firm understanding of the essentials of economics? Touching on both the theoretical and real-world aspects of topics typically discussed in introductory and intermediate level microeconomics courses, this timely collection of debates features contributions by respected economists from Canada and beyond.
Students will be engaged by this thought-provoking approach to issues such as the role of consumers and advertising, the nature of markets, privatization and regulation, poverty, the intersection of economics with the environment, foreign ownership, and much more — all presented in lively and accessible language.
Content Summary
PART I: Basic Economic Problems
PART II: Consumers and Firms
PART III: Governments and Markets
PART IV: Incomes and Inequality

Introducing Macroeconomic Analysis:  Issues, Questions, and Competing Views

Edited by Hassan Bougrine, Mario Seccareccia
Emond Montgomery Publications, 2009. ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-55239-313-0. 324 pp.
In this timely new book, thirteen central macroeconomic questions are debated, in accessible language, by a line-up of respected economists from Canada and beyond. Ideal for courses at the introductory and intermediate levels. www.emp.ca/macro
Recent events across the globe have focused unprecedented attention on the workings of our economy. In this very timely book, 13 central macroeconomic questions are debated, in accessible language, by a line-up of respected economists from Canada and beyond. Ideal for courses at the introductory and intermediate levels.
Content Summary
PART I: The Whole Picture
PART II: The Behaviour of Key Macroeconomic Variables
PART III: Macroeconomic Policies
PART IV: International Economic Relations

Canada’s Resource Economy in Transition: The Past, Present, and Future of Canadian Staples Industries

Edited by Michael Howlett, Keith Brownsey
Emond Montgomery Publications, 2008. ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-55239-255-3. 336 pp.
This book is the first to present the various perspectives used to explore and analyze the "third sector" of the economy, which includes co-operatives, credit unions, non-profit organizations, the voluntary sector, and social enterprise—activities that emphasize the creation of public good as their primary goal. www.emp.ca/livingeconomics
While Canada was founded upon and has grown prosperous due to its wealth of natural resources, its staples sector currently finds itself in a period of transition at the dawn of the 21st century.
    Long-established industries such as mining, oil and gas, fisheries, forestry, hydroelectricity, and agriculture now exist within an increasingly diversified and high-tech global economy, and face many political, social, and economic challenges as they adapt to a rapidly changing world.
From genetically engineered food to aquaculture, new forestry certification standards, Aboriginal title, and free trade agreements, to the increasing importance of water as a commodity, the landscape of Canada’s resource economy is changing. Creating and compounding these challenges are the overarching threats of environmental degradation and resource depletion, and the emergence of complex regulatory and governance regimes intended to deal with these and other issues.
    Canada’s Resource Economy in Transition draws on experts in various fields to provide an understanding of the theory, history, and future directions of Canada’s staples industries.

Global Capitalism in Crisis: Karl Marx & The Decay of the Profit System

By Murray E.G. Smith (Professor of Sociology and Labour Studies at Brock University)
Fernwood publishing. March 2010. 172 pages, $24.95 CAD, ISBN: 9781552663530
Publisher website: http://fernwoodpublishing.ca/Global-Capitalism-in-Crisis-Murray-EG-Smith/
The world economy is currently experiencing a devastating slump not seen since the Second World War. Unemployment rates are skyrocketing and salaries are plummeting in the developed world, while astronomical food prices and starvation ravage the developing world. The crisis in global capitalism, Smith argues, should be understood as both a composite crisis of overproduction, credit and finance, and a deep-seated systemic crisis. Using Marx to analyze the origins, implications and scope of the current economic slump, this book argues that the crisis needs to be understood structurally, as the result of a system prone to crisis, rather than as an aberration.
The Global Economic Crisis: A Marxist Perspective • A Summary of Marx’s Theories of Value, Capital and Crisis • The Necessity of Value Theory: Brenner’s Analysis of the “Long Downturn” and Marx’s Theory of Crisis • Class Struggle and Socialist Transformation: Beyond the Law of Value • The Global Crisis, Marxism and the Malaise of the Anti-Capitalist Left • Appendix 1, The Controversy Surrounding Marx’s Theory of Value • Appendix 2, Socially Necessary Unproductive Labour in Contemporary Capitalism • Bibliography • Index

In And Out Of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives

By Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, and Greg Albo
PM Press. May 2010. PB | ISBN: 9781604862126 | $13.95
Publisher website: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=246
"Once again, Panitch, Gindin, and Albo show that they have few rivals and no betters in analyzing the relations between politics and economics, between globalization and American power, between theory and quotidian reality, and between crisis and political possibility. At once sobering and inspiring, this is one of the few pieces of writing that I've seen that's essential to understanding the sources and uses of crisis. Splendid and essential." -- Doug Henwood, Left Business Observer, author of After the New Economy

Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Volume I: The Social Determination of Method

By István Mészáros
Monthly Review Press. February 2010. 432 pp. ISBN: 978-1-58367-204-4. $29.95 (pb).
Publisher webpage: http://www.monthlyreview.org/books/socialstructure.php

This new work by the leading Marxian philosopher of our day is a milestone in human self-understanding. It focuses on the location where action emerges from freedom and necessity, the foundation of all social science.

Today, as never before, the investigation of the close relationship between social structure — defined by Marx as “arising from the life-process of definite individuals” — and the various forms of consciousness is particularly important. We can only perceive what is possible by first identifying the historical process that constrains consciousness itself, and therefore social action.

Tenses of Imagination : Raymond Williams on Science Fiction, Utopia and Dystopia

Edited by Andrew Milner
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. Ralahine Utopian Studies. Vol. 7. ISBN 978-3-03911-826-7. 243 pp.

Book synopsis 
Raymond Williams was an enormously influential figure in late twentieth-century intellectual life as a novelist, playwright and critic, «the British Sartre», as The Times put it. He was a central inspiration for the early British New Left and a close intellectual supporter of Plaid Cymru. He is widely acknowledged as one of the «founding fathers» of cultural studies, who established «cultural materialism» as a new paradigm for work in both literary and cultural studies. There is a substantial secondary literature on Williams, which treats his life and work in each of these respects. But none of it makes much of his enduring contribution to utopian studies and science fiction studies. This volume brings together a complete collection of Williams's critical essays on science fiction and futurology, utopia, and dystopia, in literature, film, television, and politics, and with extracts from his two future novels, The Volunteers (1978) and The Fight for Manod (1979). Both the collection as a whole and the individual readings are accompanied by introductory essays written by Andrew Milner.  
Space Anthropology, Utopia, and Putropia. Left Culturalism: Science Fiction (1956) - William Morris (1958) - George Orwell (1958) - The Future Story as Social Formula Novel (1961) - Terror (1971) - Texts in their Contexts. Cultural Materialism: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1971) - The City and the Future (1973) - On Orwell: An Interview (1977) - On Morris: An Interview (1977) - Learning from Le Guin. (Anti-) Postmodernism: Utopia and Science Fiction (1978) - The Tenses of Imagination (1978) - Beyond Actually Existing Socialism (1980) - Resources for a Journey of Hope (1983) - Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1984 (1984) - The Future Novels: From The Volunteers (1978) - From The Fight for Manod (1979).

The Structural Crisis of Capital

By István Mészáros
Monthly Review Press. December 2009. 218 pp. ISBN: 978-1-58367-208-2. $26.95 (pb).
Publisher webpage: http://www.monthlyreview.org/books/structuralcrisisofcapital.php

In this collection of trenchant essays and interviews, István Mészáros, the world’s preeminent Marxist philosopher and winner of the Libertador Award for Critical Thought (the Bolivar Prize) for 2008, lays bare the exploitative structure of modern capitalism. He argues with great power that the world’s economies are on a social and ecological precipice, and that unless we take decisive action to radically transform our societies we will find ourselves thrust headfirst into barbarism and environmental catastrophe. [read more on this book at the link above]

The Myth of the global market: Critique of neoliberalism

By Giulio Palermo

The book has been published in Italy (manifestolibri) and Spain (El viejo topo). For those of you who read Italian or Spanish, the book is downloadable from the author's homepage: http://www.eco.unibs.it/~palermo/

Heterodox Book Reviews

Capitalism and the Jews

Jerry Z. Muller, Capitalism and the Jews.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.  v + 267 pp. $25 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-691-14478-8.

Reviewed for EH.NET by Peter Temin, Department of Economics, MIT.
Read the review here: http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/1487

The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle

Harold James, The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009. x + 325 pp. $20 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-674-03584-3.

Reviewed for EH.NET by Sumner La Croix, Department of Economics, University of Hawaii-Manoa. Read the review here: http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/1486

The Rise and Fall of the American System

Songho Ha, The Rise and Fall of the American System: Nationalism and the Development of the American Economy, 1800-1837. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009. xiii + 184 pp. $99 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-85196-999-9.

Reviewed for EH.NET by Jenny Wahl, Department of Economics, Carleton College.
Read the review here: http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/1488

The Foundations of Female Entrepreneurship: Enterprise

Alison C. Kay, The Foundations of Female Entrepreneurship: Enterprise, Home and Household in London, c. 1800-1870_. New York: Routledge, 2009.  xv + 185 pp. $138 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-415-43174-3

Reviewed for EH.NET by Joyce Burnette, Department of Economics, Wabash College.
Read the review here : http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/1491

Heterodox Web Sites and Associates

Politics and Economy in Latin America - Heterodox Perspectives

POLITICA Y ECONOMIA - perspectivas heterodoxas desde América Latina

CLAES D3E presented a new website on politics and economy in Latin America, with short op-eds and analysis, after alternative perspectives.

The new website is found at: www.politicayeconomia.com

Among the first posts, you will find:
Eduardo Gudynas' analysis of some brazilian labour unions pension funds that are investing in large national corporations, many of them involved in unsustainable sectors. The new allliances between labour unions, the government and corporations in Brazil.

You can subscribe at the website to receive alerts of new posts.


The Trans Atlantic

"The Transatlantic is an academic journal adopting an interdisciplinary approach to span the gulf between Economics and Philosophy. It is open to everyone and hopes to serve as a global forum for those with an interest in the field.  It is in this spirit that students from London, New York, Shanghai, Toronto and many other places are currently working together to establish this new platform for debate. This endeavor is officially supported by the LSE Philosophy Society and the Columbia University Economics Society."

Website: http://thetransatlantic.org/
Read the Current issue of the Trans Atlantic here: http://thetransatlantic.org/current-issue/

Historical Materialism Toronto Conference Website

May 13-16, 2010
York University, Toronto, Canada

Heterodox PhD Scholarships

University of Athens, Greece

UADPhilEcon, the international doctoral program in economics offered by the University of Athens (Greece), is making available (up to) two scholarships of €10,000 each to successful candidates for entry in October 2010 into the 2-year coursework based MPhil in Economics

Applications are now open. Please visit: www.UADPhilEcon.gr
Deadline: Midday, Wednesday 5th May 2010

UADPhilEcon is the international doctoral program in economics offered by the University of Athens, Greece. Please note that the program’s language of instruction is English and that applications are invited from qualified students irrespectively of nationality. A small numbers of around 30 students are offered places in each academic year from across from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the US).

UADPhilEcon’s international and distinctly multicultural orientation is reinforced further by a large number of visiting professors from continental Europe, the UK, the US and Australia.

Importantly, UADPhilEcon charges no fees (either to EU or to non-EU students). In addition, two scholarships (of €10,000 each) are offered to first year students and a small number small stipends (around €4000) are on offer to students in need of financial assistance later on during their studies.

For further information, please visit our website: www.UADPhilEcon.gr or write to us at info@UADPhilEcon.gr

Queries from Heterodox Economists

Request for Heterodox Course Syllabi

Dear URPE Members,

For a period of about 3 years, ending about 3 or 4 years ago, we built on our Web site a respectable beginning of a nice list of syllabi from courses we were teaching, that people in URPE found very useful (something we also used to do decades ago in (gasp) "hard copy," before internet and actually even before common use of personal computers). What the Steering Committee would like to do is being now a several year process of getting that list up to snuff (it still exists on the web site, it's still got some interesting syllabi, but as indicated, it is now somewhat out of date).
    So please send to me (Al@economics.utah.edu) any good heterodox/radical syllabi you have from the course you are teaching right now. I will ask again in about 3 weeks, and then again when the semester is just over for most or you, and at that time I will post what I have - and then do the same thing at the beginning of next semester.
In solidarity,
Al Campbell

Survey for the 2010 National Worker Cooperative Conference

There will be a conference co-hosted by the USFWC (US Federation of Worker Cooperative) and Bay Area worker cooperatives, August 6-9, 2010, at Clark Kerr Conference Center, UC Berkeley. Conference organizers ask you to take 5-minutes on-line survey to help shape the Conference. The survey is here: http://www.usworker.coop/conference2010/survey

Registration opens in April 2010.
For more information, visit US Federation of Worker Cooperatives: http://www.usworker.coop/front

Call for Panelists: Economic and Social Efficiency of Financial Markets. Or, Some Practical Suggestions on How to Prevent the Next Crisis

Call for Panelists (for AHE 2010 Conference, Bordeaux, France)

The Panel is composed of three papers that cover different yet related arguments that relate to financial markets (note: other papers may be added by the conference organisers).
The first paper by Mitja Stefancic is a methodological discussion on the potential benefits from pluralistic approaches to the analysis of financial markets. Why methodological pluralism? The idea comes from the need to fully recognise the increasing complexity of such markets and their instruments. It attempts to assess some feasible analytical strategies to address such a complexity. It investigates whether a more pronounced interdisciplinarity would provide a better analytical framework if applied to financial markets’ analysis. Such an argument is inspired by the idea that financial markets represent a research topic which should be analysed from a plurality of angles. In practice, this could translate into improved financial policies which would then favour sustainable wealth creation and market efficiency.

The second paper by Neophytos Kathitziotis investigates the efficiency of a particular segment of financial markets: the foreign exchange market, namely the market in which foreign currencies are traded and appraised. Inspired by Tobin (cited by Buiter, 2003) and UNCTAD (2009), it centres on a policy-oriented approach to market efficiency in this particular segment. It investigates the argument that efficient markets are those that have a positive long-term impact on the real economy. The paper furtehrly distinguishes between economic and social efficiency in foreign exchange markets, two topics on which there is currently very little knowledge.

Summary: a tentative summary with main policy recommendations will be offered at the end of the presentations.

Contact: MITJA STEFANCIC: mitja.s@katamail.com; mitja.s@hotmail.it ; + 393200293062

Download Call for Panelists.

For Your Information

The Department of Economics and Policy Studies at the University of Notre Dame has been officially dissolved.

March 8, 2010 | by David Ruccio |Real-World Economics Review Blog.

It’s done! The Department of Economics and Policy Studies at the University of Notre Dame has been officially dissolved. On 25 February, the Academic Council approved the dean’s proposal to eliminate ECOP and to rename the remaining department the Department of Economics. Now, the members of ECOP need to find positions for themselves elsewhere in the university—or to leave the university entirely. There will be no place for them in the other department.  [Read more]

Petition: Save the BLS International Labor Comparisons Program

The International Labor Comparisons Program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics is proposed for elimination in the President's FY-2011 budget. For just $2 million annually and with 50 years of experience, the BLS International Labor Comparisons Program produces timely, high-quality international comparisons of labor force, productivity, hourly compensation, and prices for many industrialized countries.  The program has pioneered in the development of comparative data for emerging economies, notably China and Brazil and with work in progress on India and others.  This program provides the only data available that ensure comparisons are "apples to apples" and not "apples to oranges”; that is, they permit valid comparisons of the U.S. labor market with labor markets abroad and reliable assessments of U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.

To preserve these widely used and vital comparisons in our increasingly global economy, the undersigned appeal to the Congress to restore funding for the BLS Program of International Labor Comparisons.

More details and support the petition here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveilc/

Financement de L'Agence Française de Développement

L'Agence Française de Développement (AFD) est un établissement public français qui finance des projets de développement durable dans les pays en développement. Bénéficiant désormais du soutien et de l'appui financier de l'UNION EUROPEENNE, l'Agence Française de Développement a lancé son nouveau produit dénommé " Accès aux crédits pour tous".

"L'accès aux crédits pour tous" est une forme de microfinance développée par l'institution financière et qui permet aux populations mondiales d'obtenir plus facilement et plus rapidement du financement pour leurs différents projets de développement.
POPULATIONS CIBLES: Vous êtes une association, une organisation non gouvernementale (ONG), un établissement public ou privé, une société ou encore vous êtes une personne privée ne constituant et ne faisant partie d'aucune structure; vous  avez un projet de développement, vous voulez créer votre propre business, développer vos propres activités ou vous voulez accroître les capacités de votre entreprise;  vous pourrez bénéficier d'un prêt à l'Agence Française de Développement allant de Dix Mille Euros (10.000€) jusqu'à Un Million d'Euros (1.000.000€).
L'appui financier dont bénéficie l'AFD étant au plan européen le Service Microfinance est délocalisé au Royaume Uni.

Les conditions ci-après seront remplies pour accéder au dit financement:
1- Domicilier un compte client au Service Microfinance de l'AFD.
2- Disposer d'une part sociale au  Service Microfinance de l'AFD.
* Tout le processus devra être bouclé en 15 jours maximum.

38 Rue des Castors - Londres
TEL: 0044 701 118 2776
E-mail: service_microfinance_afd@yahoo.co.uk

Jean-Michel SEVERINO

Leave It All Behind

by Barry Mangione and The Dalliance

It is a cross between a music video and the start of a political movement - a movement toward collective responsibility and AWAY from our current economy of consumer credit and debt.
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8TepT_AmdA
For more infor, visit:www.thedalliance.org or www.bankruptisthenewblack.com