The 6th Cross-Border Post Keynesian Conference, Buffalo, 2017


The Economics and Finance Department at SUNY Buffalo State invites papers and participants for the 2017 Cross-Border Post Keynesian Conference, to be held on June 19-20. Following the tradition of the Conference, which has previously been held in Vermont, Ottawa, Montreal, Buffalo, and Toronto we are encouraging Post Keynesian scholarship. The general theme of the Conference is “Populism, Heterodoxy, and Globalization.” The Conference is also open to all heterodox economic perspectives and topics.

The keynote speaker is Professor John F. Henry, the recipient of the 2017 Veblen-Commons Award from the Association for Evolutionary Economics, Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute, and Professor Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento.

Other distinguished participants include: Jan Kregel (Levy Institute, US), L. Randall Wray (Levy Institute, US), Mario Seccareccia (University of Ottawa, Canada), John Smithin (York University, Canada), and Robert Dimand (Brock University, Canada).

Both complete session and individual paper proposals are welcome. Interested contributors are requested to send proposals to Dr. Curtis Haynes using the following form. A complete session proposal should include 3-4 papers and a session chair. We also encourage proposals from graduate students. The deadline for proposed papers and session is April 1, 2017. The Conference committee will consider all proposals and notify you of acceptance or rejection by April 15, 2017.

Other conference information (registration, accommodation, travel, etc.) will be announced through the conference website soon (

For further information and queries, contact the conference organizing committee at


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Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics (2017)

9781138899940The Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics, edited by Tae-Hee Jo, Lynne Chester, and Carlo D’Ippoliti. London and New York: Routledge. Forthcoming in August 2017. [publisher website]


The Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics is a collection of essays written by authors representing a wide range of theoretical perspectives within heterodox economics—that is, Marxian-radical political economics, Post Keynesian-Sraffian economics, institutionalist-evolutionary economics, feminist economics, social economics, Régulation theory, the Social Structure of Accumulation approach, ecological economics, and combinations of these traditions. Contributions throughout the Handbook explore these different theoretical perspectives to explain the structural properties and dynamics of capitalism, as well as to propose economic and social policies for benefit of the majority of the population.

The Handbook aims, first, to provide realistic and coherent theoretical frameworks—as an alternative to that provided by the conventional (orthodox) perspective that dominates the teaching of economics and has informed much contemporary policy—to understand the capitalist economy in a constructive and forward-looking manner; second, to delineate the future directions, as well as the current state, of heterodox economics; third, to provide both ‘heat and light’ on controversial issues, drawing out the commonalities and differences among different heterodox economic approaches; forth, to envision transformative economic and social policies for the majority of the population; and, fifth, to explain why economics is, and should be treated as, a social science.

The Handbook will be of compelling interest to those, including students, who wish to learn about alternative economic theories and policies that are rarely found in conventional economics textbooks or discussed in the mainstream media, and to critical economists and other social scientists who are concerned with analyzing pressing socio-economic issues.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

  1. The State of the Art and Challenges for Heterodox Economics
    Tae-Hee Jo, Lynne Chester, and Carlo D’Ippoliti

Part II: The Theoretical Cores of Heterodox Economics

  1. Social Provisioning Process: A Heterodox View of the Economy
    Tae-Hee Jo and Zdravka Todorova
  1. The Social Surplus Approach: Historical Origins and Present State
    Nuno Ornelas Martins
  1. Accumulation Regimes
    Agnès Labrousse and Sandrine Michel
  1. Monetary Theories of Production
    Marco Veronese Passarella
  1. The Principle of Effective Demand: Marx, Keynes, Kalecki and Beyond
    Eckhard Hein
  1. A Brief History of Heterodox Theories of Value
    Ajit Sinha
  1. Theories of Prices and Alternative Economic Paradigms
    Carlo D’Ippoliti
  1. Heterodox Theories of Distribution
    Scott Carter
  1. The Micro-Macro Link in Heterodox Economics
    Claudius Gräbner and Jakob Kapeller

Part III: The Anatomy of Capitalism

  1. Society and Its Institutions
    John F. Henry
  1. Heterodox Economics and Theories of Interactive Agency
    Mary V. Wrenn
  1. Households in Heterodox Economic Theory
    Zdravka Todorova
  1. A Heterodox Theory of the Business Enterprise
    Tae-Hee Jo
  1. Heterodox Theories of Business Competition and Market Governance
    Tuna Baskoy
  1. A Marxian Understanding of the nature and Form of Dominant Capitalist Legal Institutions
    Lorraine Talbot
  1. Money and Monetary Regimes
    Pavlina R. Tcherneva
  1. Banks in Developing Countries
    Radha Upadhyaya
  1. Shadow Banking
    Benjamin Wilhelm
  1. The Informal Economy in Theory and Practice: Prospects for Well-being
    Elizabeth Hill
  1. Inequality and Poverty
    Marcella Corsi and Giulio Guarini

Part IV: The Dynamics of the Capitalist Socio-Economic Structure

  1. The Accumulation of Capital: An Analytical and Historical Overview
    Ramaa Vasudevan
  1. A Heterodox Reconstruction of Trade Theory
    Yan Liang
  1. Analyzing the Organization of Global Production: Thoughts from the Periphery
    Víctor Ramiro Fernández and Gabriel Brondino
  1. Labor Processes and Outcomes: An Institutional-Heterodox Framework
    Siobhan Austen
  1. Heterodox Theories of the Business Cycle
    Matías Vernengo
  1. Heterodox Theories of Economic Growth
    Özgür Orhangazi
  1. Financialization and the Crises of Capitalism
    Petra Dünhaupt
  1. Theories of International Development: The Post Keynesian and Marxian Alternatives
    John Marangos
  1. Ecology, Environment, and the Economy
    Anders Ekeland and Bent Arne Sæther

Part V: Transforming the Capitalist Social Provisioning Process

  1. An Exit Strategy from Capitalism’s Ecological Crisis
    Lynne Chester
  1. Restructuring Financial Systems with Human Advancement in Mind
    Wesley C. Marshall
  1. Rethinking the Role of the State
    Anna Klimina
  1. The Twenty-First Century Capitalist Revolution: How the Governance of Large Firms Shapes Prosperity and Inequality
    Jordan Brennan
  1. Achieving Full-Employment: History, Theory, and Policy
    John Marsh, Timothy Sharpe, and Bruce Philp
  1. Social Welfare and Social Control
    Andrew Cumbers and Robert McMaster

Part VI: Conclusion

  1. Heterodox Economics as a Living Body of Knowledge: Community, (In)Commensurability, Critical Engagement, and Pluralism
    Jamie Morgan and John Embery
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G.C. Harcourt’s review of Advancing the Frontiers of the Heterodox Economics: Essays in Honor of Frederic S. Lee (2015)

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Frederic S. Lee and His Fight for the Future of Heterodox Economics

Jo, Tae-Hee (2016): “Frederic S. Lee and His Fight for the Future of Heterodox Economics.” PSL Quarterly Review, Vol. 69, No. 278 (September), pp. 267-278. Download


Frederic S. Lee (1949-2014) was a dedicated captain of the heterodox economics movement over the past thirty years. In his unfaltering fight for the future of heterodox economics, Lee contributed to both the development of heterodox microeconomic theory and the establishment of a global community of heterodox economists. This short tribute delineates Lee’s unique and important contribution that should be remembered and renewed in order to reproduce heterodox economics.


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Seminar on “Public Finance and Institutional Economic Thought”

Economics and Finance Department at Buffalo State hosts a research seminar on “Public Finance and Institutional Economic Thought” presented by Professor Hiroyuki Mori (Ritsumeikan University and Cornell University), on October 14, 2016, Friday 3 pm at Classroom Building B221 (Economics and Finance Department Library).

This seminar is open to faculty and students.

Download the flyer.

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A Heterodox Theory of the Business Enterprise

Jo, Tae-Hee. 2016. “A Heterodox Theory of the Business Enterprise.” MPRA Working Paper  72426. [Download the paper]

Note: This paper is an early draft of the chapter to be published in the Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics, edited by Tae-Hee Jo, Lynne Chester, and Carlo D’Ippoliti, 2017.

Abstract: The business enterprise directs and controls the social provisioning process. Enterprise decisions on price, investment, output and employment, in particular, directly affect the material basis of society as well as the material standard of living of working class households. The understanding the structure of and changes in the capitalist capitalists system thus requires a theory of the business enterprise that offers relevant and convincing explanations of business decisions and actions embedded in the wider social context. Such a theory must replace the mainstream-neoclassical theory of the firm, which is not only theoretically incoherent but also practically irrelevant since it confines itself to the hypothetical market structure and individual optimizing behavior. With this rationale this chapter attempts to build a heterodox theory of the business enterprises incorporating contributions made by various theoretical traditions in heterodox economics.

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The Social Provisioning Process and Heterodox Economics

Jo, Tae-Hee. 2016. “The Social Provisioning Process and Heterodox Economics,” MPRA Working Paper 72384. [Download the paper]

Note: This paper is written for the Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics, edited by Tae-Hee Jo, Lynne Chester, and Carlo D’Ippoliti, to be published in 2017 by Routledge. A later, revised version is co-authored with Zdravka Todorova.

Abstract: The social provisioning process is how heterodox economists define economics in general. Instead of having a narrow definition of what constitutes economics, such as the mainstream has with its allocation of scarce resources among competing ends via the price mechanism, heterodox economists have opted for a much more expansive definition that permits different theoretical explanations for ways in which the provisioning process can take place in different types of economies in different historical contexts. In this chapter, we first examine the changes in the definition of economics from classical political economy to neoclassical and heterodox economics. The comparison between classical political economy and neoclassical economics manifests a clear distinction in view of economy and economics. The second section substantiates the meaning of the social provisioning process. In doing so we make a case that, first, defining heterodox economics as the study of the social provisioning process positions heterodox economics as an alternative to neoclassical economics, and, second, that such an expansive definition of economics has potential to synthesize various heterodox theoretical frameworks in a constructive manner.

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The Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics (2017)

Essays in Honor of Frederic S. Lee

Advancing the Frontiers of Heterodox Economics: Essays in Honor of Frederic S. Lee (2015)

Marx, Veblen, and Foundations of Heterodox Economics

Marx, Veblen, and the Foundations of Heterodox Economics: Essays in Honor of John F. Henry (2015)

Heterodox Analysis of Financial Crisis and Reform (2011)

Heterodox Analysis of Financial Crisis and Reform (2011)