UVM economics stuck in deadend thinking by defending its core curriculum?

The core curriculum in the UVM economics department is particularly disengenuous because some of its own faculty don’t believe any of it. I know at least three UVM economists who think it is pure garbage but don’t tell students they think this way. In fact, one revealed to me that if assigned to teach it,…Continue reading UVM economics stuck in deadend thinking by defending its core curriculum?

Getting out of Plato’s Cave with a dose of sociology of the economics profession

Everybody loves a little gossip, especially when it turns out to be true and reveals how reality is not what it appears to be (viz., exposing deceptions). That is why my favorite approach to inspiring students about economics was first and foremost sociological — informing students about how economics as a profession has constituted itself…Continue reading Getting out of Plato’s Cave with a dose of sociology of the economics profession

New institutionalism — fairytales passing as economic science?

The late Cambridge economist, Joan Robinson, once made the sociologically astute comment: “The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.”  I used to share this with all my students and have a discussion about it as…Continue reading New institutionalism — fairytales passing as economic science?

My paper about being railroaded out of teaching by UVM’s Dept of Economics to be presented at international conference.

I’ve received official acceptance from the International Society for Ecological Economics of my paper about being removed from teaching at the University of Vermont under very questionable circumstances (and hostility to ecological models being presented to students). As I have written, myself and many others believe this was a purge by a gang of arrogant…Continue reading My paper about being railroaded out of teaching by UVM’s Dept of Economics to be presented at international conference.

Nothing but the facts — 100 proposed findings of facts, in fact, that you need to know about my case against UVM’s Economics Department.

The following 100 proposed facts represent the evidence in support of my conclusions of law sent to the Vermont Labor Relations Board (VRLB) on March 1, 2018. The facts below, particularly #44,  stand as an indictment ofUVM’s top brass, its Department of Economics (particularly its Chair) and the overall process of faculty review. As I…Continue reading Nothing but the facts — 100 proposed findings of facts, in fact, that you need to know about my case against UVM’s Economics Department.

The wheels of justice turn slowly, if at all, at UVM

I’ve been out skiing while I await the decision on my grievance for wrongful denial of reappointment at UVM. The Vermont Labor Relations Board should be making its decision in the next couple of weeks. It has already been two weeks since both parties filed final briefs (Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law).…Continue reading The wheels of justice turn slowly, if at all, at UVM

Whistleblower says UVM economics department chair was “out to get” me

Whistleblower comes forward to let me know I am not alone. UVM’s highly respected 5-member Faculty Standards Committee (FSC) has watched many a department chair in action.   After all, it reviews scores of reappointment decisions and in doing so observes the practices and procedures of department chairs who are responsible for conducting these reviews.…Continue reading Whistleblower says UVM economics department chair was “out to get” me

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

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.