Call for papers for new journal on private debt

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The Pri­vate Debt Project (this web­site will become active as of Decem­ber 2015) invites pro­pos­als for arti­cles, papers, and research notes relat­ed to the study of pri­vate debt and its rela­tion­ship to eco­nom­ic growth and finan­cial sta­bil­i­ty. The Project will pro­vide hon­o­rar­i­um for all pub­lished work. In cas­es involv­ing papers with orig­i­nal research, it will also con­sid­er small research grants to help cov­er the cost of the research.

Com­mis­sioned arti­cles, papers, and research notes will be pub­lished on The Pri­vate Debt Project’s on-line jour­nal and will be dis­sem­i­nat­ed to a wide audi­ence of aca­d­e­mics, pol­i­cy experts, gov­ern­ment offi­cials, investors, and busi­ness lead­ers.

The Pri­vate Debt Project is an ini­tia­tive of the Governor’s Woods Foun­da­tion and is ded­i­cat­ed to advanc­ing the study of the macro- and micro-eco­nom­ics of pri­vate cred­it as well as of its his­tor­i­cal, social, and polit­i­cal dimen­sions. Its aim is to cre­ate a forum for bet­ter under­stand­ing the cen­tral role pri­vate debt plays in the econ­o­my.

The Project will release its first group of arti­cles, papers, research notes, and oth­er fea­tures in Jan­u­ary 2016. It is accept­ing pro­pos­als now for papers and arti­cles on the fol­low­ing top­ics includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to:

  • The role of pri­vate debt (busi­ness and house­hold debt) in dri­ving invest­ment and con­sump­tion;
  • The rela­tion­ship between rapid pri­vate debt growth, asset val­ues, and finan­cial cri­sis;
  • The demo­graph­ics of debt includ­ing the fac­tors that deter­mine the debt-car­ry­ing capac­i­ty of house­holds, cor­po­ra­tions, and gov­ern­ments;
  • The impact of high lev­els of pri­vate debt on con­strain­ing bor­row­ing and sup­press­ing eco­nom­ic growth;
  • The role of finan­cial reg­u­la­tion and cap­i­tal require­ments in main­tain­ing healthy pri­vate debt cre­ation;
  • Pri­vate debt delever­ag­ing and the effects of debt restruc­tur­ing on eco­nom­ic recov­ery.
  • Bank­ing oper­a­tions and the evolv­ing mar­ket struc­ture relat­ing to debt issuance and cir­cu­la­tion;
  • The inter­ac­tion of pub­lic pol­i­cy and pri­vate mar­kets in com­mer­cial and house­hold debt issuance and the rela­tion­ship between pub­lic and pri­vate debt hold­ings;
  • The his­to­ry of eco­nom­ic thought on bank­ing and pri­vate debt.

We are accept­ing pro­pos­als on a rolling basis but we would encour­age you to sub­mit a pro­pos­al by Octo­ber 20 in order to be con­sid­ered for the first round of com­mis­sioned papers to be pub­lished in Jan­u­ary 2016. Pro­pos­als should be 350–500 words in length and should be sent to:

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About Steve Keen

I am Professor of Economics and Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University London, 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 private debts accumulated globally, and our very low rate of inflation.