What is the aim of a university, and is it being achieved? My goal is constructive critique: to open a broader perspective on some patterns in which we reside.
Key to the conceptual confidence trick are assumptions about what people in general are like. It is all based on an implicit modelling of human beings. Certain types of behaviour (the type that allows economists to model people and markets) are called “rational”.
We need to transcend our current paradigm in which cognitive, intellectual ways of knowing are privileged at the expense of all others and in which didactic methods continue to dominate.
Wow, a fresh set of voices in the study of economics that go well beyond the holy dogmas of Samuelson, Nordhaus, Bernanke and Mankiw.
Conventional thinking is that growth is good: Politicians are lauded when they preside over terms experiencing growth, and chided when GDP falls.
A fairly new group of leading heterodox economic thinkers and activists has come together as Econ4 to pioneer some new forms of popular education about economics.