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Cross-Border Post Keynesian conference closes

Yesterday and the day before were conference days for me, with the 6th Cross-Border Post Keynesian conference ending less than 24 hours ago on the Buffalo State campus. Among the many last-day highlights were the Edward Elgar book exhibit and a talk by Doyoun Won of the University of Utah. I gave two presentations on research done with stalwart co-researcher Tai Young-Taft of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Pictured above are signs at entrance to the conference, as seen earlier this afternoon.

Buffalo weekly The Public heralded the event as a time to hear from Keynesian economists who got the call right prior to the 2008 financial crisis and recession. In a commentary appearing last week, Bruce Fisher of that paper blasted miscalculations by mainstream economists who missed the need to stimulate the economy, commenting that in contrast, at this event,

What you can hear is some smart analysis of what’s going on, and some good thinking about what alternative economic policy could look like, were Americans able to once again try on the economic theories that guided FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and even Reagan—the president who acted as if he were an anti-spending austerity maven, but whose budget deficits and tax increases proved that he, too, was a Keynesian.

It is good to find myself in agreement with this local observer.

Among colleagues I talked to at he conference was graduate student Nathan Tankus, who was easily induced to tell me about his thoughtful blog. Also practically (and actually) handing me her web coordinates was Martha McCluskey, a legal scholar at the University at Buffalo, who was there touting an interesting-sounding cross-disciplinary organization devoted to issues at the intersection of law and (heterodox) economics. Thanks to them for the interesting pointers.


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