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17th Annual Conference

2-4 July 2015 - Southampton Solent University

Extended Call for Papers – Abstracts now by the 28th of February

Theme - Growth, Cycles, Sustainability

Traditionally, the economics profession has been concerned with why some countries are richer than others and/or why some economies grow faster than others. Some of the insistence on growth has been due to the potential role of growth in reducing poverty and inequality, that of leading to higher standards of living, more technological progress and advancement of knowledge and a better quality of life for most of society. Policy-makers and governments assumed that by raising growth rates they could offset the negative effects of business-cycles fluctuations. This positive vision of the role of growth has been affected by increasing disparities in the distribution of income, wealth and growth rates amongst the countries but also by an increasing pressure of achieving ‘sustainable and green growth’ due to the environmental crisis that we face. The recent financial crisis has also emphasized our limited knowledge regarding business cycles and their economic and policy implications.

This conference continues the tradition of the AHE linking economic issues with socio-political and environmental issues by suggesting a thematic that bridges macroeconomic growth, business cycles and sustainability.

 We welcome individual papers and organized sessions on the following special themes of the conference:

  • Theoretical contributions around growth, its measurement and its determinants from all perspectives/schools of thought;
  • Country case-studies and empirical investigations of growth;
  • Limits of growth; is ‘degrowth feasible’?
  • Institutional harm and the potential for change (Joint AFEE/AHE session) @@create link@@

We also warmly welcome proposals/abstracts for sessions and individual papers on any other heterodox topic. Refereed and non-refereed options will be available for your paper, so please state if you will want your paper to be refereed.

Deadline for individual abstracts and session proposals: 28th of February 2015. Please email your abstracts to:  and Deadline for submitting completed papers – 31st of March for papers wishing to be refereed, 31st of May for papers not wishing to be refereed.

Please note the following special sessions have already been offered (and are likewise open for abstracts/offers for participation, up to the 28th of February, send abstracts to Nick or Simon at the above e-mails, stating which session you are submitting to) -

  • Reforming Economics Education (with student group participation)
  • The Environment
  • Institutional Harm and the Potential for Change (see AFEE flyer on AHE website)

We are planning Plenaries on -

  • The Cause of the Crisis
  • The Role of Banks in Society
  • The Future of Microeconomics - can Heterodoxy Break Through?

The University - Fees – Accommodation

The conference is in the centre of Southampton, 5-10 minutes walk from Southampton Central Train Station.

Cost £190 – which includes coffee/refreshment and lunch each day.

Reduced rate for Unwaged/PhD/Emeritus £87 - still includes coffee/refreshment and lunch each day.

Details of cost of optional Conference Dinner to be confirmed.

Accommodation Options –

Jurys Inn Hotel - £75 a night bed and breakfast – 5 minutes walk from conference (advised to approach earlier than latter, contact us for further details) -

In Student Hall - £37.50 a night bed and breakfast – 15 minutes walk from conference (no limit to space but only available from the night of the 2nd of July onwards).

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