My real crime in UVM’s Econ Dept: Being a popular heterodox teacher who was using heterodox textbooks

UVM’s allegation that I did not teach standard economics models ‘fully and fairly’ before criticizing them stems from visits to my international trade theory lectures by three peers. Two of them made the serious allegation even though the models had already largely been presented during the two weeks prior to their visits (with precision and full…Continue reading My real crime in UVM’s Econ Dept: Being a popular heterodox teacher who was using heterodox textbooks

Extra credit for beating up students who challenge mainstream assumptions in UVM’s Dept. of Economics?

In my long (well into the second year) and ongoing fight-back against wrongful denial of reappointment as a lecturer in the University of Vermont’s Dept. of Economics (after 8 years of teaching at UVM full-time and nearly 30 years teaching economics), only a few faculty at UVM have had the courage to say anything at…Continue reading Extra credit for beating up students who challenge mainstream assumptions in UVM’s Dept. of Economics?

And voilà – you have a foundation to begin your economic analysis!

I just love this well-written and funny summary of what is so frustrating about studying economics and its bag of “tricks.” For the few students not so prone to robotic regurgitation of core economic models taught by a mostly naive economics profession (in terms of their own poor training outside standard model economics), this will…Continue reading And voilà – you have a foundation to begin your economic analysis!

A “sort of nepotism running rampant in university economic departments” – yep, and I am a victim of it.

The UVM economics department has moved from the left to the right during the past 20 years with the pattern of hires, fires, quits, deaths and retirement. Today, despite a few so-called ‘prog’ economists left, UVM economics has emerged now dominated by neoclassicals, while the remaining few who call themselves non-neoclassical have moved to tolerable,…Continue reading A “sort of nepotism running rampant in university economic departments” – yep, and I am a victim of it.

Nothing but a ‘third-rate, non-academic’. One lovely comment to Rick Wolff’s interview with me in NYC

If you would like to get a clear summary of the facts regarding my removal from teaching by UVM’s Dept of Economics and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, have a listen to  (or watch) the interview economist Rick Wolff conducted with me in the studios of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) July…Continue reading Nothing but a ‘third-rate, non-academic’. One lovely comment to Rick Wolff’s interview with me in NYC

The new astrology? Where most Econ departments are headed.

While this piece hardly goes far enough in terms of the sociology of economics, particularly the rise in the late 19th century of Marginalism (arguably as a counterweight to Marxism, partially explaining its easy acceptance among elites), there is no question that this very interesting critique of modern economics by Alan Jay Levinovitz goes a…Continue reading The new astrology? Where most Econ departments are headed.

Not so fond memories of UVM’s Dept of Economics

As I await my grievance hearing before the Vermont Labor Relations Board for wrongful denial of reappointment by UVM’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, I have had some time to reflect on my eight years teaching at UVM’s Dept of Economics, and questioning why we tolerate so much in the workplace that just…Continue reading Not so fond memories of UVM’s Dept of Economics

If they cannot kick out Marxian economists, then try burying them with ‘vibrant’ economists and a wad of cash from Koch

If they cannot kick you out for teaching Marxian economics, then there is always the bury them approach. Get some Koch money, build a new institute and hire half a dozen economists teaching a ‘vibrant suite’ of economics that works for Wall Street. I have got to get out to the University of Utah and…Continue reading If they cannot kick out Marxian economists, then try burying them with ‘vibrant’ economists and a wad of cash from Koch

UVM flacks for Wall Street by pushing “free market” economics

I came across an interesting article recently that was written for the Stowe Reporter by a former UVM student who laments the “calcification” of economic education as embodied in the economics core curriculum at UVM and in most colleges and universities. The points made in the opinion piece reminded me of arguments I make in…Continue reading UVM flacks for Wall Street by pushing “free market” economics