Post-autistic economics

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The post-autistic economics movement (French : autisme-économie) [1] or movement of students for the reform of economics teaching (French : mouvement des étudiants pour une réforme de l'enseignement de l'économie) [2] is a political movement which criticises neoclassical economics and advocates for pluralism in economics. The movement gained attention after an open letter signed by almost a thousand economics students at French universities and Grandes Écoles was published in Le Monde in 2000. [3]

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Terminology

The French term autisme has an older meaning and signifies "abnormal subjectivity, acceptance of fantasy rather than reality". However, post-autistic economists also "assert that neoclassical economics has the characteristics of an autistic child". [4]

The pejorative reference to the neurodevelopmental disorder autism is considered offensive by some economists. [5] Greg Mankiw said that "use of the term indicates a lack of empathy and understanding for those who live with actual, severe autism". [6]

Response

The French minister of education appointed a panel headed by Jean-Paul Fitoussi to inquire into economics teaching. [7] In 2000, the panel called for limited reform. [8]

Articles associated with the movement were published in the Post-Autistic Economics Newsletter from September 2000. This electronic newsletter became the Post-Autistic Economics Review and, since 2008, has existed as the peer-reviewed journal Real-World Economics Review . [9]

Several responses to the French students' open letter were also published in Le Monde . A counter-petition signed by 15 French economists was published in October 2000. [10] Robert Solow adhered to the "main thesis" of the French students' petition, but criticised the "opaque and almost incomprehensible" debate that followed among academics. [11] Olivier Blanchard also published a response defending mainstream economics. [9] Other notable economists, such as Steve Keen and James K. Galbraith, wrote elsewhere in support of the French students. [12]

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References

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  2. "Le site du mouvement des étudiants pour une réforme de l'enseignement de l'économie" [The site of the movement of students for the reform of economics teaching] (in French). Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  3. "Lettre ouverte des étudiants en économie" [Open letter from students in economics]. Le Monde (in French). 17 June 2000. Retrieved 31 December 2016 via autisme-economie.org.
  4. Alcorn, Stanley; Solarz, Ben (1 July 2006). "The Autistic Economist". post-autistic economics review (38). 2. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  5. Kay, Neil (7 September 2008). "The Importance of Words". Letter to the editors of the post-autistic economics review .
  6. Mankiw, Greg (3 December 2007). "Autism and Economics" . Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  7. Monaghan, Peter (24 January 2003). "Taking on rational man: dissident economists fight for a niche in the discipline". The Chronicle of Higher Education . Retrieved 31 December 2016 via Iowa State University.
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  9. 1 2 Fullbrook, Edward. "The post-autistic economics movement: a brief history" (PDF). Journal of Australian Political Economy (50): 14–23. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016 via Altruists International.
  10. "Contre-appel pour préserver la scientificité de l'économie" [Counter-appeal to preserve the scientificity of economics]. Le Monde (in French). 31 October 2000. Retrieved 31 December 2016 via autisme-economie.org.
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  12. Galbraith, James K. (January 2001). "A contribution on the state of economics in France and the world". In Fullbrook, Edward (ed.). The crisis in economics: the post-autistic economics movement: the first 600 days. p. 47. ISBN   0415308976 . Retrieved 31 December 2016 via Post-Autistic Economics Network.

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