The Tyranny of Metrics – Panel Discussion

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 Takes Off

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.