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!
Going into month four of unemployment with no hope in sight, but applying weekly for economics positions anywhere and everywhere, today I find a “recommended job” from Monster.com. Close to home, in fact. The job title suggests the position is above my rank, but not my training, as I lean in for a closer…Continue reading Koch without Koch at UVM?
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.
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
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.
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 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
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
Reading the report released by the Provost-level grievance review committee (containing one member picked by the Provost) is a lesson in feckless union support (the committee had a union representative) and the near uselessness of the entire grievance process due to the extremely narrow focus on procedural matters and deference to the administration’s side (hardly…Continue reading UVM Provost grievance “review” committee sweeps “smoking-gun” email and other evidence under the rug
My VT public records request has produced several smoking gun emails showing the Dept of Economics, led by its Chair, bent on not letting me continue teaching because I am not teaching “good economics” I love this slip in a moment of insecurity by the Chair to justify why the worst rated teachers in the…Continue reading UVM has lawyered-up: Over 40 fully redacted emails released related to my purge from the Dept. of Economics