Future of the Eurozone at Heterodox Economists Conference

Sunday, 1 December 2013  Features

“Does the Eurozone have a future? This is one of the subjects to be discussed at the 12th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference 2013, hosted by the Australian School of Business./p>

Understanding the link between development and inequality, agreeing on an agendas for a Financial System Inquiry, the fallout from the Global Financial Crisis and “Marxism, Marxists and the experience of the crisis that won’t go away” are just some of the subjects to be discussed at the conference to take place on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2013.

The Heterodox Economists Conference explores economic issues from a non-mainstream perspective.

Conference organiser, Associate Professor Peter Kriesler, says the conference will examine topics often viewed as divorced from conventional economic theory, such as human rights, issues of gender inequality and the environment.“The conference will explore issues around the global economic crisis and it impact on important economic and related aspects of the international economy, including its impact on the environment. Development, equality and social justice,” said Professor Kriesler. “We are expecting about 75 attendees, not only from academia and from business but from the broader community as well.”

“We call ourselves the Heterodox Economists as Heterodox is derived from the Greek, meaning not holding orthodox opinions, and in the conference we like to express something that goes against economic dogma. In particular many of us hold the belief that there is a much broader view of the economy which incorporates everything which influences the quality of life.”

Deidre McCloskey will give the keynote address on "Virtue, ethics and economics". She is an economist, historian and rhetorician who has written sixteen books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistics to transgender advocacy and ethics. She is the Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The 2013 Society of Heterodox Economists Conference is sponsored by the School of Economics​ at UNSW’s Australian School of Business, and the Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney.

Media are invited to attend the conference and interview speakers.