No matter how many stories I tell them about thought control in economics, students and colleagues in other disciplines simply don’t believe me.
They don’t understand the restrictions on the professors who are hired, the narrow range of methods and perspectives published in the leading economics journals, the limits on research projects that actually receive funding, or even the surveillance of what should be taught to students in basic undergraduate and graduate economics classes. It’s beyond their imagination that mainstream economists do all they can—within their departments and in the wider discipline—to make sure other approaches (often referred to as heterodox economics or noneconomics) are displaced to (and, in many cases, beyond) the margins.…
Neoliberal conspiracy, coincidence, or...?
David Ruccio survived a purge at Notre Dame only because he had tenure. But the formerly heterodox economics department, similar to UMASS Amherst and UMKC, was converted to conventional economics and a separate department was instituted for "other."
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Thought control in economics
David F. Ruccio | Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame
There's a reason for all this.
Capturing the surplus