Economics

Open Season?

The debate in the US on economics in the policy sphere has suddenly exploded with discussion of the Green New Deal and taxation on the wealthy. Much of this is

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Thinking less economically

“You can tell she’s really a geography teacher – She’s marked down my graph for looking like the Cotswolds instead of the Dolomites!” With a shortage of economists willing to

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A hole in the heart

Grazia Ietto-Gillies has spent her career as an economist seeking to fill a crucial gap: the exclusion of transnational corporations into economic thinking.  And this gap is not a small

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Neoliberalism’s Demons

By both its supporters and detractors, neoliberalism is usually considered an economic policy agenda. Neoliberalism’s Demons argues that it is much more than that: a complete worldview, neoliberalism presents the competitive marketplace

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They think it’s all over

Our main political parties see a reputation for economic competence as key for achieving power. The Tory party is reportedly scared that a Brexit disaster will destroy its reputation, which

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Disruptive influences

 “We input pluralist economics perspectives and now it is designing a space craft to leave earth.” Teaching isn’t what is used to be. Exams need to be the same. Nigella Vigoroso-Heck

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Heterodox economics: having a laugh

What is the pedagogical role of performance?  Can improvisation inspire? And should silliness support learning about sustainability? Gill Seyfang thinks so, and she’d like to tell you why. Teaching complex

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Reigning Men

Teresa Linzner spoke to people and ran a survey to look into why so few economists were women. There is no reason other than most of them are men. Quick.

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Kids today

As the latest cohort of the Network Generation leave school, shirts daubed with fond farewells, Nigella Vigoroso-Heck ponders their futures. There’s a lot of stress before the start of school

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Shut Down the Business School

Business schools are institutions which, a decade after the financial crash, continue to act as loudspeakers for neoliberal capitalism with all its injustices and planetary consequences. ​ Little seems to

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Basic Instincts

The value of a human life becomes clear. At last my old colleague, Felix Price, deigned to visit me last week after almost two years of retirement.  I have to

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The leaning in learning

Nigella Vigoroso-Heck is inclined to avoid bias. Our students will probably leave school with an economic mindset that reflects the biases of their teachers. I haven’t always worked at the

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Good counsel

Socially-driven entrepreneurs are partnering with a new breed of corporate lawyer with interests that go beyond bunce for shareholders. Nina Boeger writes. UK company law makes two things clear. First,

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Health economics: a prognosis

Is established thinking in economics up to the challenges presented by healthcare provision? Geoffrey M. Hodgson conducts and examination. “Health economics would seem to be a perfect topic for heterodox

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Educating neater

Nigella Vigoroso-Heck confesses putting failure into teaching market failure and laments the scope available in A level economics courses. Market failure is one of my favourite concepts to teach. Nestled

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The one and only

According to his website, Doctor Yoram Bauman is the world’s first and only stand-up economist.  He tours the world entertaining not only economists but also bankers and lawyers. He has

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Annulus mirabilis

Raworth: I’m not a serious academic; I’m a serious activist. Kate Raworth has, in her blend of new economic thinking, served up a printed equivalent of hot cakes with her

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Do macroeconomists have morals?

Humans perceive symbols and narratives that have meanings (rather than process information). What might economists want with anthropologists? Laura Bear offers a few suggestions. As an anthropologist among the tribe

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A return to fundamentals

Hall: “Most production models of economics are not based on these biophysical laws and principles; in fact, they tend to ignore them.” For decades mainstream economics has been able to

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