Interview with Lelde Smits on Finance News Network

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I was inter­viewed by Lelde Smits for the Finance News Net­work on my recent trip back to Syd­ney. Below is the begin­ning of the tran­script; you can read the rest by click­ing on this link. Or click below to watch the inter­view with Lelde.

Tran­script of Finance News Net­work inter­view with Kingston Uni­ver­sity Head of Eco­nom­ics, Pol­i­tics and His­tory, Dr Steve Keen

Lelde Smits: Hello, I’m Lelde Smits for the Finance News Net­work and join­ing me from London’s Kingston Uni­ver­sity is Head of Eco­nom­ics, Pol­i­tics and His­tory, Dr Steve Keen. Steve, wel­come back to Syd­ney and to FNN.

PhD lecture series in advanced macroeconomics in Post-Keynesian, institutionalist, and Marxian political economy

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Uni­ver­sity of Green­wich and Kingston Uni­ver­sity are jointly orga­niz­ing a series of lec­tures in advanced macro­eco­nom­ics based on a polit­i­cal econ­omy approach com­bin­ing insti­tu­tion­al­ist, Key­ne­sian and Marx­ist tra­di­tions. The lec­ture series builds on the research exper­tise of staff in polit­i­cal econ­omy at both uni­ver­si­ties, and is designed orig­i­nally for our PhD stu­dents; how­ever we wel­come PhD stu­dents from other uni­ver­si­ties or Mas­ters stu­dents, who wish to explore more advanced top­ics. The lec­tures assume knowl­edge of core con­cepts in macro­eco­nom­ics at the Mas­ters level. Each day has two lec­tures. A brief descrip­tion of each lec­ture and an indica­tive read­ing list can be found in the link to each lec­ture below. The loca­tion of the lec­tures alter­nate between the two uni­ver­si­ties. Atten­dance is free and there is no reg­is­tra­tion requirement.

Making Swiss Cheese Of The Euro?

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In the oth­er­wise for­get­table movie Cock­tail, when Tom Cruise’s char­ac­ter Brian Flana­gan abruptly splits with his date Bon­nie, she pleads with him not to let their rela­tion­ship end badly. He replies “every­thing ends badly: oth­er­wise it wouldn’t end.”

The tur­moil in for­eign exchange mar­kets caused by Switzerland’s abrupt end­ing of its Euro peg may be such a bad moment for the Euro—and it comes fig­u­ra­tively moments before another likely bad moment, the elec­tions in Greece on Jan­u­ary 25th that will in all like­li­hood bring the anti-austerity party Syriza to power. Will the Euro, like Flanagan’s rela­tion­ship in Cock­tail, end badly—and abruptly—soon?

Beware Of Politicians Bearing Household Analogies

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The British elec­tion cam­paign has begun, and Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron is run­ning with the slo­gan that his Con­ser­v­a­tive Party will deliver “A Britain liv­ing within its means” by run­ning a sur­plus on day-to-day gov­ern­ment spend­ing by 2017/18. It is, as the UK Tele­graph noted, hardly an inspir­ing slo­gan. But it is one that res­onates with vot­ers, because it sounds like the way they would like to man­age their own house­holds. And a house­hold budget—whether you bal­ance yours or not—is some­thing we can all under­stand. If a house­hold spends less than it earns, it can save money, or pay down its debt, or both. So it has to be good if a coun­try does the same thing, right?

Blogging on Forbes

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Some months ago, Jesse Columbo approached me about writ­ing an online col­umn for Forbes Mag­a­zine. That seemed a bet­ter fit for me than the Australian-oriented Busi­ness Spec­ta­tor, where I have been blog­ging for the last few years, so I decided to make the move. I’ll soon post my first col­umn at this loca­tion. I’ll fol­low the same approach with this blog as before, which is to post a teaser to a story here and then link through to the Forbes arti­cle. I’ll also con­tinue to post videos and inter­views directly here, as I do now.

Share Radio with Simon Rose

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I’m now doing a reg­u­lar spot with Simon Rose on Share Radio, a new inter­net radio sta­tion ded­i­cated to eco­nomic and finan­cial issues.

Simon Rose, Share Radio’s evening host.

To lis­ten to our lat­est conversation–covering Greece, aus­ter­ity, and why run­ning a sus­tained gov­ern­ment sur­plus is a great way to cause a future eco­nomic cri­sis, click on the play but­ton below.

Talks in Germany

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I gave talks to stu­dents in Berlin and Ham­burg last week at the invi­ta­tion of of Rethink­ing Eco­nom­ics groups at Berlin Free Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Ham­burg. Both groups asked me to cover some of the cri­tiques of main­stream eco­nom­ics that I pro­vide in Debunk­ing Eco­nom­ics, as well as cov­er­ing the mon­e­tary approach to Post Key­ne­sian eco­nom­ics that has been the focus of most of my more recent pub­lic lectures.

L’Imposture Economique Hits #10 in France

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Bravo to Les Edi­tions de l’Atelier, the pub­lish­ers of L’Imposture Economique (the French trans­la­tion of Debunk­ing Eco­nom­ics), who have achieved the seem­ingly impos­si­ble: L’Imposture Economique entered the Top Ten out of all books on Ama­zon France yes­ter­day (Decem­ber 4th 2014). It was the top-selling non-fiction book, out­rank­ing even Piketty’s Cap­i­tal (as I write, L’Imposture is #12 in books while Cap­i­tal is #53).

I don’t expect it to last at that rank­ing, but I didn’t expect it to achieve that posi­tion in the first place, so it feels great to see it there. Con­grat­u­la­tions again to Les Edi­tions de l’Atelier, and to Gael Giraud who took the ini­tia­tive in arrang­ing its trans­la­tion into French.

Teaching Economics After the Crash

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The Guardian’s senior eco­nom­ics com­men­ta­tor Aditya Chakrabortty has pro­duced an excel­lent BBC Radio 4 pro­gram on the fail­ure of aca­d­e­mic eco­nom­ics to reform itself after the Crash of 2007: Teach­ing Eco­nom­ics After the Crash. The first inter­view is with Kingston University’s own Devrim Yil­maz. It also includes me, George Soros, Andy Hal­dane, Ha-Joon Chang, the stu­dents who began the Post Crash Eco­nom­ics Soci­ety at Man­ches­ter Uni­ver­sity, Diane Coyle (who played a large role in devel­op­ing the CORE cur­ricu­lum, of which I’m very crit­i­cal), Philip Mirowski (who describes CORE as “lip­stick on a pig”), Rob John­son of INET, and many more. It’s well worth a lis­ten (it opens with about 20 sec­onds of a promo for a later pro­gram on a paralympian):

Launching Kingston’s Rethinking Economics Group

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Reposted from the Rethink­ing Eco­nom­ics website

Stu­dents at Kingston Uni­ver­sity kicked off a cam­paign for a new approach to eco­nom­ics with the suc­cess­ful launch of new soci­ety Rethink­ing Eco­nom­ics Kingston this week.

Almost 100 peo­ple squeezed in to hear Pro­fes­sor Steve Keen – newly appointed head of the School of Eco­nom­ics, Pol­i­tics and His­tory – launch the new soci­ety with a speech on what’s wrong with main­stream eco­nom­ics and how stu­dents should change it.

Pro­fes­sor Keen — author of Debunk­ing Eco­nom­ics and well-known critic of main­stream eco­nom­ics – described how the­o­ries taught in most eco­nomic classes were unable to pre­dict, under­stand or even take on board the recent finan­cial crisis.