I’ve had a few exchanges with neoclassical economists recently via the East Asia Forum blog, whose editor approached me to write a version of my “What a load of Bollocks” post on this site. That piece “Why neoclassical economics is dead”, critiqued an East Asia Forum post “The state of economics” by neoclassical textbook authors McTaggart, Findlay and Parkin.
A reply to my article by Adelaide University’s Richard Pomfret, entitled “Too soon for obituaries: economics is alive and (reasonably) well”, concluded with the following statement:
This is another non-debt post. I’ve just heard Costello describe tonight’s budget as an “Education Budget”. There was a welcome “equity” bequest to universities, to fund infrastructure and research: but there was also a shallow “shell and pea” trick in the allocation ofÂ funding for University places.
The complicated CGS banding system–which determines what theÂ GovernmentÂ provides per student, and varies depending on the discipline being studied–is being rationalised from 14 bands to 7. In 6 of those new bands, the amount being given in 2008 is slightly more than the highest amount given to the previous bands. For instance, the four bands of Maths, Behavioural Sciences, Education and Computing are being amalgamated into one band; the highest funding level per student in 2007 was $8,057 for Computing, and the lowest $5,381 for Maths; the new funding level is $8,217–a 2% rise for Computing, and a 52% increase for Maths.