AHE Annual Conference 2011
13th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics
Economists of Tomorrow
6–9 July 2011 Nottingham Conference Centre — Organised by the Nottingham Business School
Presenters: George DeMartino, Irene Van Staveren, Lynne Chester, Alan Freeman, Fred Lee, Ilene Grabel, Ioana Negru, Steven Pressmen, Molly Scott Cato.
In more than ten years the AHE has established a reputation as a major national and international forum for the discussion of alternatives to mainstream economics, and for the interdisciplinary and pluralistic nature of its discussions. It also plays an ongoing role in strengthening the community of heterodox economists, and in the development of heterodox economic theories on various themes through the dissemination of ideas and arguments.
The esteem of the economics profession has reached an all-time low in the wake of the global financial crisis that most mainstream economists failed to predict. In this context we have a particularly important role to play as heterodox economists, many of whom were aware that such a crisis was imminent and who also have a range of proposals for stable and sustainable economic and social structures.
For 2011 the AHE Conference theme was Economists of Tomorrow. This reflected the fact that, the world over, we are focused on challenging the hegemonic domination of our profession by just one approach embedded in mainstream economics, the neoclassical approach. The clear failure of neoclassical economics to predict, explain or find solutions to the global financial and economic crises makes it vulnerable. It was our intention to use this Conference to further expand and strengthen the case for pluralism within the economics profession.
Papers were presented on a wide range of topics, including:
- Economics and ethics;
- The nature of work in the globalised economy;
- Economic development and sustainability;
- Withstanding regulatory capture: a pluralist code of conduct for heterodox economists;
- The economics of education and the education of economics;
- Finance, value and debt;
- Quantitative Marxism and capitalist dynamics.
All abstracts were refereed. Participants in the Conference programme were able to elect to submit their papers to the refereed stream or non-refereed stream.