Discourse Ethics Violation by Ken Baer
Why Everybody Should Be Short Louis Althusser and His Intellectual Children

Space for "Heterodox Economics"?

A note in my inbox tells me that if I read to the end I find that lost in the Norman Finkelstein fight is that DePaul University has also just denied tenure to Mehrene Larudee in spite of "strong backing":

DePaul Rejects Finkelstein: Concerns over that issue are reinforced by Friday’s tenure denial to Mehrene Larudee, who teaches international studies at DePaul, and whose work is in economics (and on issues having nothing to do with Finkelstein’s research). Larudee had strong backing throughout the process, until the final committee review and presidential decision to reject her. Via e-mail, she said that many at DePaul are wondering about the “startling departure” from university principles in her case and Finkelstein’s...

Here's Mehrene Larudee on lessons from NAFTA:

Inequality and Its Remedies in an Age of Integration: One lesson that emerges from Mexico's experience under NAFTA is that, where significant liberalization has already taken place, the benefits of further liberalization should not be expected to be large. Moreover, such benefits may come from tariff-jumping investment to take advantage of preferential market access provided only to members of a regional trade agreement...these benefits may be temporary only....

A second lesson is that countries with low agricultural productivity are not so likely to experience accelerated growth in wage income, especially in wages of unskilled workers, because a steady flow of rural-urban migration is likely to hold urban wages down....

A third lesson is that middle-income countries like Mexico may well be squeezed from below by lower-wage countries like China....

Fourth, when economic crises strike, as they have in many of the developing countries of the world, a weak social safety net is likely to give rise to an increase in labor supply, especially of workers with little or no labor force experience, so that unskilled wages disproportionately are driven down. There is evidence that raising the minimum wage could forestall this effect....

Fifth, at least in the short run, increasing enforcement of intellectual property rights will reduce income in developing countries and shift that income to mostly U.S.-based patent, copyright or trademark owners (Maskus 2000). In the longer run, there is speculation but little evidence that the benefits of greater innovation will offset the short-run costs....

The remaining gains to be had from free trade agreements are diminishing, and some of the non-trade provisions of these agreements are quite likely to have inequalizing effects, with their burdens falling on developing countries and lower-income households. In light of this, all the provisions should be very carefully scrutinized...

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