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Aus­tralia and the Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Syd­ney have been very good to me for the last 20 years. I have been able to develop a unique mon­e­tary dynamic approach to eco­nom­ics “under the radar” out here, with the sup­port of four con­sec­u­tive Heads of School who have favored a plu­ral­ist approach to economics.

But it may be time for a change. Did you see the blog post I put up just this week about need­ing an Aus­tralian Indus­try Part­ner for an appli­ca­tion to the Aus­tralian Research Coun­cil for a Link­age Grant?:

Aus­tralian Indus­try Part­ner needed

That, it seems, may have been wish­ful think­ing. Though I have had one pos­i­tive response, it seems that the entire scheme may be about to go–or at best be dras­ti­cally curtailed–because of the Aus­tralian government’s obses­sion with return­ing to a bud­get sur­plus. Today we received the fol­low­ing email from UWS’s research unit:

Dear Researchers,
We are extremely dis­mayed by the ‘fund­ing freeze’ that the ARC is expe­ri­enc­ing. The ARC are unable to say any­thing on this mat­ter and despite our queries, they can­not even give us a date as to when any announce­ment will be made. The only news we have heard is from the newspapers!
Fund­ing freeze halts research
Judg­ing by the lat­est news arti­cle (above), we might expect to hear some­thing around the time the fed­eral bud­get is updated early next week. We regret we do not have any more defin­i­tive infor­ma­tion for you and don’t know if the Link­age Projects round is to con­tinue, be delayed or even can­celled. As soon as the ARC make an announce­ment we will let you know.

Though I won’t go into detail, the news in terms of inter­nal uni­ver­sity fund­ing is no bet­ter. Per­haps it’s time for me to see whether I can find a posi­tion in another country–and hope­fully one that will mean my travel to most con­fer­ences no longer requires an inter­con­ti­nen­tal flight.

The dif­fi­culty here of course is that, as a well-known critic of Neo­clas­si­cal eco­nom­ics, there are no adver­tised jobs for which I can apply–and cer­tainly not at highly ranked insti­tu­tions where, with­out fail, Neo­clas­si­cal eco­nom­ics dom­i­nates the cur­ricu­lum. For instance, the Amer­i­can Eco­nomic Asso­ci­a­tion main­tains a very good data­base of job open­ings for econ­o­mists called JOE. A search of the Octo­ber list­ing restricted to “Het­ero­dox Approaches” yielded just 11 jobs worldwide–several of which were non-academic posts, and none of which were at Pro­fes­so­r­ial level. In con­trast there were 142 posi­tions for “Micro­eco­nom­ics”, includ­ing sev­eral Pro­fes­so­r­ial appoint­ments, 124 for “Macro­eco­nom­ics”, 127 for “Math­e­mat­i­cal”, and so on.

Of course, what I do clearly cov­ers those other fields as well, but it’s not rec­og­nized as such because my work is non-Neoclassical, and I don’t have pub­li­ca­tions in lead­ing jour­nals where Neo­clas­si­cal assump­tions are required for entry.

My appli­ca­tion for any such posi­tion would also be a “red rag to a bull” to Neo­clas­si­cals in such depart­ments, as indi­cated by posts  on the blo­gos­phere (like this one, and this one), so there’s lit­tle point try­ing anyway.

The only remain­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties are (a) that a more adven­tur­ous depart­ment some­where might want to bring me aboard or (b) that a Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent some­where feels that eco­nom­ics needs a shakeup, given the fail­ure of the main­stream to see this eco­nomic cri­sis coming.

Hence this post. If you’re in such a Depart­ment, or you’re such a Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent who thinks that your Eco­nom­ics Depart­ment needs a shake-up, drop me a line (at debunking@gmail.com). I’m open for offers.

About Steve Keen

I am a professional economist and a long time critic of conventional economic thought. As well as attacking mainstream thought in Debunking Economics, I am also developing an alternative dynamic approach to economic modelling. The key issue I am tackling here is the prospect for a debt-deflation on the back of the enormous debts accumulated in Australia, and our very low rate of inflation.
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51 Responses to Open For Offers

  1. N W says:

    I’m sorry to hear this Steve — there can be no-one less deserv­ing of this than yourself.

    I’m sure you are aware of most of the non-neoclassical uni­ver­si­ties in the UK — just in case, however:

    SOAS — very well-regarded branch of the Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don — heavy Marx­ist core there with many clas­si­cal marx­ists (which you may not like), but also some like Costa Lapivis­i­tas who do more of a Keynesian-Marxian synthesis

    Birk­beck — tra­di­tion­ally left-wing uni­ver­sity. Had quite a few marx­ists in the past (many of whom migrated to SOAS). Not sure about the cur­rent fac­ulty, though.

    Kent

    Stir­ling (used to have Sheila Dow)

    Uni­ver­sity of East London

    Open Uni­ver­sity

    Try offer­ing your ser­vices to these places (as you are no doubt think­ing of doing). I’m sure your rel­a­tively high pub­lic pro­file should get you noticed — I cer­tainly hope so, anyway.

    Good luck!

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