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Recent books by RWER contributors

 

Norbert Häring and Niall Douglas

Economists and the Powerful

 

Grazia Ietto-Gillies

Transnational Corporations and International Production

 

Erik S. Reinert

How Rich Countries Got Rich . . . and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

 

Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler

Capital as Power: A Study of Order and Creorder

 

Peter Söderbaum

Understanding Sustainability Economics: Towards Pluralism in Economics

 

Victor Beker

Estado y Mercado, Verdaderas y Falsas Antinomias

 

Steve Keen

Debunking Economics

 

Nicolas Bouleau

Risk and Meaning: Adversaries in Art, Science and Philosophy

 

Michael Hudson

Trade, Development and Foreign Debt

 

Richard Murphy

Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works

 

Ted Trainer

Renewable Energy Cannot Sustain a Consumer Society

 

Hazel Henderson

Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy

 

 

 

 

 

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issue no. 68 - 21 August 2014 

Monetary policy in the US and the EU after quantitative easing          2

Thomas Palley          download pdf

 

Processes vs. mechanisms and two kinds of rationality          10

Gustavo Marques          download pdf

 

A systems and thermodynamics perspective on technology in the circular economy          

Crelis F. Rammelt and Phillip Crisp          download pdf          25

 

Back where we started from: the Classics to Keynes, and back again          41

Roy H Grieve          download pdf

 

Demand theory is founded on errors          62

Jonathan Barzilai          download pdf

 

The central bank with an expanded role in a purely electronic monetary system          66

Trond Andresen          download pdf

 

Financialization, income distribution and social justice:           74

Recent German and American experience

Robert R Locke          download pdf

 

Recovering Adam Smith's ethical economics          90

Thomas R. Wells          download pdf

 

The human element in the New Economics          98

Neva Goodwin          download pdf

 

Placing economists analyses of antidumping in an antitrust context          119

John B. Benedetto          download pdf

 

Board of Editors, past contributors, submissions and etc.           147

 

 

 

issue no. 67 - 9 May 2014 

Loanable funds vs. endogenous money: Krugman is wrong, Keen is right          2

Egmont Kakarot-Handtke          download pdf

 

Why DSGE analysis cannot accurately model financial-real sector interaction     17
Piet-Hein van Eeghen          download pdf

Evaluating the costs of growth          41
Asad Zaman          download pdf

 

Climate change, carbon trading and societal self-defence          52

Max Koch          download pdf

 

Supply and demand models - the impact of framing          67

Stuart Birks          download pdf

 

Excess capital and the rise of inverted fascism: an historical approach          78
John Robinson          download pdf

 

What is the nature of George Soros’ INET?           90
Norbert Haering          download pdf

 

Public debt crises in Latin American and Europe: A comparative analysis          97
Oscar Ugarteche          download pdf

 

Reconciling homo-economicus with the biological evolution of homo-sapiens   117

Taddese Mezgebo          download pdf

 

Ordinal utility and the traditional theory of consumer demand: response to Barzilai

Donald Katzner          download pdf          130       

Book review essays

 

The capitalist algorithm: Reflections on Robert Harris’ The Fear Index          137

Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler          download pdf

 

The accidental controversialist: deeper reflections on Thomas Piketty’s Capital   143

Thomas I. Palley          download pdf

 

Board of Editors, past contributors, submissions and etc.          147

 

 

 

issue no. 66 - 13 January 2014 

Secular stagnation and endogenous money
Steve Keen        download pdf        2          

Micro versus Macro     
Lars Pålsson Syll        download pdf        12   

On facts and values: a critique of the fact value dichotomy 
Joseph Noko          download pdf        30

Modern Money Theory and New Currency Theory: A comparative discussion 
Joseph Huber        download pdf            38

Fama-Shiller, the Prize Committee and the “Efficient Markets Hypothesis” 

Bernard Guerrien and Ozgur Gun        download pdf        58      

How capitalists learned to stop worrying and love the crisis 
Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan        download pdf        65

Two approaches to global competition: A historical review 
M. Shabid Alam        download pdf        74

Dimensions of real-world competition – a critical realist perspective 
Hubert Buch-Hansen        download pdf        80

Information economics as mainstream economics and the limits of reform 
Jamie Morgan and Brendan Sheehan        download pdf        95

The À capability matrix: GDP and the economics of human development 
Jorge Buzaglo           downloiad pdf        109

Open access vs. academic power 
C P Chandrasekhar        download pdf        127

Interview with Edward Fullbrook on
New Paradigm Economics vs. Old Paradigm Economics        download pdf        131

Book review of  The Great Eurozone Disaster: From Crisis to Global New Deal      
download pdf        144

Comment: Romar Correa on  “A Copernican Turn in Banking Union”, by Thomas Mayer       
download pdf        147

Editorial Board, Submissions, past contributors, and etc.        149  

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issue 65 - 27 September 2013 

 

Regression and causation: a critical examination of econometrics textbooks          2
Bryant Chen and Judea Pearl         
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Diagrammatic economics          21
John Pullen         
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A plea for reorienting philosophical attention from models to applied economics          30
Gustavo Marqués         
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A Copernican turn in banking union urgently needed          44
Tom Mayer         
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A monetary and fiscal framework
for macroeconomic stability in the European Monetary Union         
51
Thomas Oechsle         
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The experience of three crises:
the Argentine default, American subprime meltdown and European debt mess          65
Víctor A. Beker         
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Global output growth: wage-led rather than profit-led?          116
Leon Podkaminer         
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Striking it richer: the evolution of top incomes in the United States          120
Emmanuel Saez         
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New Paradigm Economics          129
Edward Fullbrook         
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Past contributors, submissions and etc.                      132

 

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issue 64 - 2 July 2013   

 Is it a bubble?                  download pdf                   2

Steve Keen - A bubble so big we can't even see it           download pdf         3

Dean Baker - Are the bubbles back?       download pdf         11

Ann Pettifor - The next crisis                 download pdf         15

Michael Hudson - From the bubble economy to         download pdf         21

 

Rethinking economics using complexity theory             23
Dirk Helbing and Alan Kirman    
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The fate of Keynesian faith in Joseph’s countercyclical moral    52
Douglas Grote             
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A constructive critique of the Levy sectoral financial balance approach             59
Brett Fiebiger               
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Capturing causality in economics and the limits of statistical inference             81
Lars Syll           download pdf

 

Money as gold versus money as water               90
Thomas Colignatus         
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Constant returns to scale: Can the competitive economy exist    102
M. Shahid Alam            
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Reassessing the basis of corporate business performance          110
Robert Locke               
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Capitalism and the destruction of life on Earth          125
Richard Smith          
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Past contributors, submissions and etc.          152

 

 

Issue 63 - 25 March 2013 

The veil of deception over money         2
Norbert Häring          download pdf

Ultra easy monetary policy and the law of unintended consequences          19
William White          download pdf

Civilizing capitalism          57
Erik Reinert          download pdf

Looking at the right metrics in the right way - Two kinds of models          73
Merijn Knibbe          download pdf

Crisis and methodology: Some heterodox misunderstandings          98
Egmont Kakarot-Handtke          download pdf

Inapplicable operations on ordinal, cardinal, and expected utility          118
Jonathan Barzilai          download pdf

Reduced work hours as a means of slowing climate change          124
David Rosnick          download pdf

Electronic money and Modern Monetary Theory          135
Trond Andresen          download pdf

Productivity, unemployment and the Rule of Eight          142
Alan Taylor Harvey          download pdf

What I would like economic majors to know          147
David Hemenway          download pdf

Past, contributors, submissions and etc. 155

 

 

Issue 63 - 25 March 2013 

The veil of deception over money         2
Norbert Häring          download pdf

Ultra easy monetary policy and the law of unintended consequences          19
William White          download pdf

Civilizing capitalism          57
Erik Reinert          download pdf

Looking at the right metrics in the right way - Two kinds of models          73
Merijn Knibbe          download pdf

Crisis and methodology: Some heterodox misunderstandings          98
Egmont Kakarot-Handtke          download pdf

Inapplicable operations on ordinal, cardinal, and expected utility          118
Jonathan Barzilai          download pdf

Reduced work hours as a means of slowing climate change          124
David Rosnick          download pdf

Electronic money and Modern Monetary Theory          135
Trond Andresen          download pdf

Productivity, unemployment and the Rule of Eight          142
Alan Taylor Harvey          download pdf

What I would like economic majors to know          147
David Hemenway          download pdf

Past, contributors, submissions and etc. 155

 

 

Issue 62 - 15 December 2012

Economics

 

A radical reformation of economics education 2
Jack Reardon      download pdf

 

To observe or not to observe:
Complementary pluralism in physics and economics 20
Edward Fullbrook       download pdf

 

Trend, randomness, and noise: Exogenous vs. endogenous 29
explanation in complex heterodox analysis       download pdf

Yinan Tang, Wolfram Elsner, Torsten Heinrich, Ping Chen

 

Rational expectations – a fallacious foundation 34
for macroeconomics in a non-ergodic world
Lars Syll       download pdf

 

Rethinking economics: Logical gaps – empirical to the real world 51
Stuart Birks        download pdf

 

Laboratory experimentation in economics 68
Dimitrios Koumparoulis      download pdf

 

Some developments in the economic scientific community 83
and the situation in Germany
Arne Heise      download pdf

 

Economy and Society

 

The Fiscal Cliff – Lessons from the 1930s (Report to US Congress) 98
Steve Keen      download pdf

 

Breakdown of the capacity for collective agency: 112
The leitmotif of our times
Korkut Alp Ertürk      download pdf

 

Surviving progress: Managing the collective risks of civilization 121
Mark Jablonowski      download pdf

 

Financial capitalism – at odds with democracy 132
Wolfram Elsner      download pdf

 

A hot wheels idea for looking at the distribution 160
of household wealth in Mexico 1984-2010
Carlos Guerrero de Lizardi      download pdf

 

Past Contributors, etc. 170

 

 

Issue 6126 September 2012

 

The optimal material threshold: Toward an economics of sufficiency       2
Samuel Alexander     download pdf

 

The normative foundations of scarcity                     22

Asad Zaman        download pdf

 

Degrowth, expensive oil, and the new economics of energy                      40

Samuel Alexander     download pdf

 

Nash dynamics of the wealthy, powerful, and privileged:                     52
America’s two-player, Darwin metaeconomy

L. Frederick Zaman     download pdf

 

Capital as power: Toward a new cosmology of capitalism     65

Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan     download pdf

 

A warrant for pain:      85

Caveat emptor vs. the duty of care in American medicine

Avner Offer      download pdf 

 

Reassessing the basis of economics:   100

From Adam Smith to Carl von Clausewitz

Robert R Locke     download pdf

 

Mankiw’s attempted resurrection of marginal productivity theory                     115

Fred Moseley     download pdf

 

The evolution of economic theory:    125

And some implications for financial risk management

Patrick Spread     download pdf

 

More on why we should bury the neoclassical theory                    137

of the return on capital

Roy Grieve     download pdf

 

Past Contributors, etc.     147

 

 

 

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Robert Costanza, USA, Portland State University

Wolfgang Drechsler, Estonia, Tallinn Uni. of Technology

Kevin Gallagher, USA, Boston University

Jo Marie Griesgraber, USA, New Rules for Global

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Michael Hudson, USA, Uni. of Missouri at Kansas City

Frederic S. Lee, USA, Uni. of Missouri at Kansas City

Anne Mayhew, USA, University of Tennessee

Gustavo Marques, Argentina, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Julie A. Nelson, USA, Uni. of Massachusetts, Boston

Paul Ormerod, UK, Volterra Consulting

Richard Parker, USA, Harvard University

Ann Pettifor, UK, Policy Research in Macroeconomics

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Thoughts that led to

the creation of this journal

 

". . . economics has become increasingly an arcane branch of mathematics rather than dealing with real economic problems"

Milton Friedman

 

“[Economics as taught] in America's graduate schools... bears testimony to a triumph of ideology over science.” 
Joseph Stiglitz

 

"Existing economics is a theoretical [meaning mathematical] system which floats in the air and which bears little relation to what happens in the real world"

Ronald Coase

 

“We live in an uncertain and ever-changing world that is continually evolving in new and novel ways.  Standard theories are of little help in this context.  Attempting to understand economic, political and social change requires a fundamental recasting of the way we think” 

Douglass North

 

“Page after page of professional economic journals are filled with mathematical formulas […] Year after year economic theorists continue to produce scores of mathematical models and to explore in great detail their formal properties; and the econometricians fit algebraic functions of all possible shapes to essentially the same sets of data”

Wassily Leontief

 

“Today if you ask a mainstream economist a question about almost any aspect of economic life, the response will be: suppose we model that situation and see what happens…modern mainstream economics consists of little else but examples of this process”

Robert Solow

 

"Economics is supposed to be social science, i.e. an intellectual discipline resting upon empirically-observed facts, in which mathematics and conceptual frameworks are tools for understanding.  But in contemporary mainstream economics, the tools are often in the driver's seat, declaring evident facts impossible and reducing the subtleties of the real world to whatever clockwork economists best know how to build."

Ian Fletcher

 

“Modern economics is sick. Economics has increasingly become an intellectual game played for its own sake and not for its practical consequences for understanding the economic world. Economists have converted the subject into a sort of social mathematics in which analytical rigour is everything and practical relevance is nothing.”
Mark Blaug

 

“. . . the close to monopoly position of neoclassical economics is not compatible with normal ideas about democracy.  Economics is science in some senses, but is at the same time ideology.  Limiting economics to the neoclassical paradigm means imposing a serious ideological limitation.  Departments of economics become political propaganda centers . . .”
Peter Söderbaum

 

“Economics students . . . graduate from Masters and PhD programs with an effectively vacuous understanding of economics, no appreciation of the intellectual history of their discipline, and an approach to mathematics that hobbles both their critical understanding of economics and their ability to appreciate the latest advances in mathematics and other sciences.  A minority of these ill-informed students themselves go on to be academic economists, and they repeat the process.  Ignorance is perpetuated”

Steve Keen

 

“The human economy has passed from an “empty world” era in which human-made capital was the limiting factor in economic development to the current “full world” era in which remaining natural capital has become the limiting factor “

Robert Costanza

“Most courses deal with an ‘imaginary world,’ and have no link whatsoever with concrete problems.” 
Emmanuelle Benicort

 

“All of these textbooks fail to explain how prices are determined in ‘markets’’ and thus how markets work.  Where do prices come from?  Who determines them?  How do they fluctuate?  These questions are never addressed, even though it is through the price mechanism that the ‘invisible hand’ is supposed to operate.”
Le Mouvement Autisme-Économie

 

“. . . mainstream economists seek knowledge through numbers to stop the messy reality of people, processes and politics dirtying their invisible hands.” 
Alan Shipman

 

“Multinationals are everywhere except in economic theories and economics departments.”

Grazia Ietto-Gillies

 

 “. . . the economist must engage him or herself as a citizen with convictions regarding the public good and ways of treating it, rather than as the holder of universal truth that he or she substitutes for discussion in order to impose it on us all.”
André Orléan


 “The Taliban, and its variety of fundamentalist thinking, has been the most controlling and oppressive regime with regard to women in contemporary times.  Contemporary academic economics, and contemporary global economic policies, are gripped by other rigidities of thinking – what George Soros has dubbed ‘market fundamentalism.’  Fantasies of control are operative in both phenomena, and gender is far from irrelevant to understanding their power, and their solution.”
Julie A. Nelson

 

“There is an urgent need for a more realistic economics of the environment, with theories and analyses that can help to create environmentally sustainable economic activity.” 

Frank Ackerman

“Modern economics is not very successful as an explanatory endeavour. This much is accepted by most serious commentators on the discipline, including many of its most prominent exponents”

Tony Lawson

 

“Because mathematics has swamped the curricula in leading universities and graduate schools, student economists are neither encouraged nor equipped to analyze real world economies and institutions.”

Geoffrey M. Hodgson

 

“. . . the concepts of uneconomic growth, accumulating illth, and unsustainable scale have to be incorporated in economic theory if it is to be capable of expressing what is happening in the world. This is what ecological economists are trying to do.”

Herman E. Daly

 

“The application of mathematics to economics has proved largely unsuccessful because it is based on a misleading analogy between economics and physics. Economics would do much better to model itself on another very successful area, namely medicine, and, like much of medicine, to adopt a qualitative causal methodology.”

Donald Gillies

 

“Economic history courses have been disappearing from classrooms across the world. Once a compulsory part of economics education, they have been relegated to the remote corners of ‘options’ and even closed down.”

Ha-Joon Chang

 

“In Smith is a forgotten lesson that the foundation of success in creating a constructive classical liberal society lies in the individuals’ adherence to a common social ethics. According to Smith, virtue serves as ‘the fine polish to the wheels of society’ while vice is ‘like the vile rust, which makes them jar and grate upon one another.’ Indeed, Smith sought to distance his thesis from that of Mandeville and the implication that individual greed could be the basis for social good. Smith’s deistic universe might not sit well with those of post-enlightenment sensibilities, but his understanding that virtue is a prerequisite for a desirable market society remains an important lesson. For Smith ethics is the hero-not self-interest or greed-for it is ethics that defend social intercourse from the Hobbesian chaos.”

Charles K. Wilber

 

“. . . conventional economics . . . remains fixated on the view that economics is the physics of society.  In other words, most of the profession behaves as if there were a single universally valid view of the world that needs only to be applied.” 

Paul Ormerod

 

 

 

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