Back in May I had the pleasure of speaking to Rethinking Economics Norway about what heterodox economics means and how and why it is often misunderstood. They have now published the video online. The talk was based on this blog post and this working paper with my brilliant co-author Carolina Alves.
Along with Rune Skarstein, Anders Skonhoft, Olav Fagerlid, Lars Mjøset, Ida Sognnæs, Ebba Boye, Knut Alfsen, Per Espen Stoknes, Anders Ekeland, and Solveig Glomsrød, I argue for an effective and fair fee on fossil fuel production in the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen. Read the full essay here (in Norwegian).
On February 9th 2019, I presented on a panel with Desmond McNeill (Centre for Development and Environment, University of Oslo) and Morten Jerven (Norwegian University of Life Sciences). I presented specifically on the politics of GDP measurement (based on this recent working paper I co-authored with Jacob Assa). The panel was a part of the Rethinking Sustainability conference organized by Rethinking Economics, Norway. My slides can be found here. [Note: the video is in Norwegian]
Rethinking Economics Norway, an organization I co-founded and am a board member of, officially became an organization this August. The network now consists of more than 60 Norwegian economists, including professors, professionals, and students at all levels (BA, MA, PhD).
We have received a lot of media attention so far (see the website), including this piece by the whole board in Aftenposten and this piece by Ebba Boye and I in Dagens Næringsliv (Norway’s largest business newspaper). There was also a 6 page piece in Klassekampen on our movement, also citing my book review of Anwar Shaikh’s Capitalism.
Several Economics professors have responded to our critique of the Economics discipline, as they do not agree that there is a need for a wider variety of theories to be taught at Norwegian Economics departments. As the Norwegian Economics departments are thoroughly mainstream, we clearly still have a lot of work to do.
Following my book review of Anwar Shaikh’s Capitalism – Competition, Conflict, Crises, I ended up in a debate with a Norwegian philosopher (and Marxist) about Shaikh’s labor theory of value. The debate took place in the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen.
Here is the exchange:
Anwar Shaikh versus seriøs teori (Jørgen Sandemose, May 30th 2016)
Seriøs teori (Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, June 1st 2016)
Om en uholdbar «verditeori» (Jørgen Sandemose, June 8th, 2016)
På tide å lese boka? (Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, June 14th 2016)
Den siste replikken (Jørgen Sandemose, June 15th, 2016)
In the wake of the release of a critical book on Neoclassical Economics in Norway, a heated debate on the state of the field of Economics has unfolded in Norwegian media. Norwegian Economics Professors argue that they are not Neoclassical (although they use Neoclassical methods such as general equilibrium analysis), that it’s impossible to do Economics outside of an equilibrium framework, and that alternative theories are so small that they are not worth teaching. My Norwegian colleague at The New School, Ebba Boye, and I entered the debate last week, by pointing out that Economics has not always been synonymous to Neoclassical Economics, that there are non-Neoclassical theories that have strong explanatory power, and that it is possible – and desirable! – to learn a variety of Economic theories in one degree program. Here’s our Op-ed in the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen: Økonomisk innsikt utenfor mainstream.
In the newest issue of the Norwegian magazine “Gjeldsbrevet”, Maria Dyveke Styve interviews me about the purpose of global goals and the impacts of the Millennium Development Goals. “Gjeldsbrevet,” is a bi-annual magazine produced by the Debt Justice Network, Norway.
Download the magazine (in Norwegian).