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Post-conference post

On Friday and Saturday, an economics department held a conference in honor of  its new building. There was little unbridled praise of free markets. Many celebrants were people who had been students in the Ph.D. program in the department, which got its start as a radical department in the 1970s. The design of the new building was sleek, nicely fitting in with the older building next door, where many conference events took place. The new structure is named after Professor Jim Crotty.

I was in Amherst, Mass. for the conference, and the home of the department was the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The point of view represented by the work done by current faculty members and Ph.D. graduates varies and is hard to characterize in a few words.

Here is a link to a pdf containing slides I used for my presentation. Also involved in this session of academic papers were colleague Tai Young-Taft of the Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Levy Economics Institute and Tai’s (undergraduate) student Cameron Haas. It is hoped that such a link on the worldwide web may further efforts to learn about and understand our work.

Thanks go to the conference organizers for an interesting and well-organized conference.  A key UMass. Amherst connection to post-Keynesian economics (albeit from another era) was Professor Douglas Vickers. The Kaleckian aspects of our models (in particular the role accorded to monopoly power and distributional forces in general) make them similar in some ways those made famous by department member Peter Skott, who also constructs growth-and-distribution models. Jane D’Arista and Bob Pollin are among faculty members there who have been involved in studying financial fragility and financial crises–topics covered in this blog and my academic work with Tai.

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