Report on the Heterodox Economics Booth at the ASSA 2014 Meetings

The community of heterodox economists hosted an exhibition booth at the ASSA meetings (January 3-5, 2014, Philadelphia, USA) under the title of “Heterodox Economics.” We’d like to say thank you all the heterodox economics associations(1), journals(2), publishers(3), and individuals(4) who supported the booth financially and volunteers(5) who helped staff the booth.

We are glad to report that the booth was very successful. Many people stopped by the booth; heterodox economists came to the booth to pick up materials (books, flyers, brochure, etc), while non-heterodox economists or those who never heard of heterodox economics stopped at the booth and asked “what is heterodox economics?” (or questions like that). Even some visitors took a picture of the heterodox economics banner, HeterodoxEconomics: Alternative Critical Theory to the Status Quo (click on the link to see a picture).

We believe that such a collective activity is worthwhile and necessary (although it is expensive(6)). It helps make heterodox economics community better organized and more visible to other economists. We are quite certain that the booth has shown to many economists that there are alternative, unconventional economists who resist the status quo in economics. We hope that we can organize it again next year. Your participation and support will make this happen.

In solidarity,

Tae-Hee Jo (SUNY Buffalo State)
Frederic S. Lee (University of Missouri – Kansas City)

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Notes

(1) Association for Evolutionary Economics, Association for Heterodox Economics, Association for InstitutionThought, Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions,Association for Social Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics.

(2) Review of Radical Political Economics, Journal of Economic Issues, Economic and Labour RelationsReview.

(3) Dollars & Sense, SAGE pub

(4) Ron Baiman, William Van Lear, Ronald G. Bodkin, John F. Henry, Johan Westenburg, Frederic S.Lee

(5) Avi Baranes (UMKC), Alex Binder (UMKC), Ron Baiman (Benedictine University), Erik Dean (PortlandCommunity College), Christine Ngo (Drew University), Hendrik van den Berg (U of Nebraska), Kerem Cantekin (Uof Utah), Steven Payson (AIRLEAP)

(6) Total contributions: $2,437.56; Total expenditures: $3,508.62; Balance: -$1,071.06

Pictures of the ASSA Booth 2014

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Heterodox Economics Exhibition Booth at the ASSA 2014

January 3-5, 2014. Marriott Downtown Hotel, Philadelphia, USA

Dear Heterodox Economists,

The Heterodox Economics Newsletter is hosting a booth at the ASSA in Philadelphia.  The point of the booth is to make heterodox economics visible to mainstream economists.  The total cost of the booth comes to around $2,000.  So it is an expensive activity to try to get noticed by the mainstream.  Remaining invisible is not really an option.  We would like to have flyers and other kinds of materials detailing the various heterodox associations and their activities and various heterodox undergraduate/graduate programs and their activities.  Flyers and other materials of heterodox journals and publishers are also welcome; and finally, even individual heterodox economists could have materials at the booth (of course subject to space).  Remember the point of the booth is to make heterodox economics visible in a hostile environment, so do not expect lots of people to stop by the booth and pick up your particular flyer etc.  This is a collective activity to help the heterodox community as a whole.  So far only URPE/RRPE has come forward to support us.*  We invite you to participate in the booth by providing flyers etc. material to be displayed, stopping by the booth just to say hello, or even helping staff the booth for say an hour so to answer any questions from interested (or even non-interested, anti-interested economists).  So avoid the sins of respectability and self-centerness and do not be a free-rider–lend a hand.

Contact Tae-Hee Jo (taeheejo@gmail.com) or Frederic Lee (leefs@umkc.edu) if you have any questions and/or willing to support this activity.

Sincerely,

Frederic Lee and Tae-Hee Jo
To make a contribution to the booth, follow the PayPal link.

 

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