Economics: past, present and future. An interview project


Economics education has been discussed in the public domain for a long time,  but since the Global Financial Crisis it has come under renewed scrutiny. This interview project aims to provide material for new generations of economics students and scholars, as well as the general public, to get acquainted with different schools of economic thought and their bearing on economics thinking.

Distinguished economists speak on how the plurality of analytical traditions within economics has influenced their work. The interviews range from long-standing debates to current issues, and provide first-hand access to the thought of key contemporary economists.

This video series intends to promote pluralism by presenting schools of economic thought as viable methodological, theoretical and policy alternatives.

A co-production of Goldsmiths Economics and ISRF.

Series I: The past and the present state of economics

Constantinos Repapis interviewed Sheila Dow in July 2016, and discussed:

  • The current state of economics
  • Pluralism and schools of economic thought
  • Modes of thought: Euclidean vs. Babylonian
  • How should economics be taught?

Constantinos Repapis interviewed Geoff Harcourt in July 2016, and discussed:

  • Origins of Keynesian economics & effective demand
  • The Cambridge capital theory controversy
  • The nature of Post-Keynesian economics
  • Major Post-Keynesian economists and their theories

Ivano Cardinale interviewed Charles Goodhart in July 2016, and discussed:

  • Economic policy: institutional change, discretion and rules
  • The problem of forecasting in economics
  • The importance of economic history
  • The 2008 financial crisis and economics

Series II: New directions for economics

Ivano Cardinale interviewed Tony Lawson in September 2017, and discussed:

  • The current state of economics
  • The nature of social reality
  • Social ontology and mathematical modeling
  • Social ontology and the history of economic thought

Constantinos Repapis interviewed Julie Nelson in January 2017, and discussed:

  • The definition of feminist economics
  • Feminist economics and methodological pluralism
  • The economics curriculum: alternative definitions of economics
  • Sustainability and ecological economics

Ivano Cardinale interviewed Ha-Joon Chang in September 2017, and discussed:

  • Alternative definitions of economic development
  • From definitions to policies
  • The role of the state in development
  • The political economy of development