I’ve had some tough interviews over the years (such as the BBC HARDtalk! interview earlier this year with Stephen Sackur), but I’d have to credit the student interviewers at the University of Amsterdam’s Room for Discussion event with giving me the toughest, well-informed grilling my ideas have had in public. I’m following up later today with a keynote speech at the Dutch Rethinking Economics event tonight, and I’ll post that here later this week.
I am now in an industrial dispute with the University of Western Sydney over two matters: a charge of “Serious Misconduct” which they leveled at me during the unsuccessful campaign to stop UWS abolishing our Economics degree; and their failure to act on my application for a Voluntary Redundancy within the time required by UWS’s Enterprise Agreement.
There will be a hearing at the Fair Work Commission at 2.30pm at 80 William Street Sydney. I would be delighted to see readers of this blog there. This feature by Michael Janda on the ABC’s The World Today gives a good overview of the dispute.
Steve will be touring New Zealand from Thursday 6th September through till Monday 10th September, at the invitation of talksNZ, to give 3 exclusive seminars. These will include examination of economics as a real world concern, and analysis of the global financial situation and the New Zealand economy. Steve will be presenting 2 seminars in Auckland and 1 in Wellington, with the dates/times scheduled as follows:
Last Friday 3rd August, Dr. Matheus Grasselli from the Fields Institute in Toronto Canada presents an in depth talk on the mathematical foundations of the Keen-Minsky Model on financial instability. Steve spent 6 weeks with Matheus at the Fields Institute over June and July, with an intensive research agenda to progress the mathematical logic behind Minsky. The event was held at UWS. Unfortunately the audience questions are difficult to hear with microphone setup that was used, and there is a small break in the footage at 12 minutes and 18 seconds in.
My talk at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives was attended by an interesting eclectic bunch, with possibly the most eclectic of all being Genevieve Tran, who publishes the “Money Big and Small” blog. She asked me about financial literacy, I replied that the concept, like so much in economics, has been made nonsense of by neoclassical economists, and the conversation continued on from there.
Lauren Lyster and Demetri Kofinas at Russia Today’s Capital Account did their usual brilliant job in this interview with me about the Krugman brawl, and I’ve been somewhat remiss in not posting it here earlier. I’ve given enough links on this topic in earlier posts not to bother now, so look to those if you want to follow the debate in more detail.
Paul Krugman has just commented (twice) on my most recent blog about my paper for INET. In one sense, I’m delighted. The Neoclassical Establishment (yes Paul, you’re part of the Establishment) has ignored non-Neoclassical researchers like me for decades, so it’s good to see engagement rather than wilful (or more probably blind) ignorance of alternative approaches.
There is a bizarre asymmetry in economics: critics of Neoclassical economics like myself read Neoclassical literature avidly, no because we agree with it—far from it—but because we feel obliged to understand why they hold to their counterfactual views on the economy.
The author Nick Gardner has done a very good job of explaining why the change in private debt matters. I’d have to concede that his brief explanation using the actual GDP and change in debt figures for the USA is a lot clearer than most of my chart-laden posts.
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