5 posts categorized "News"


Learn from Inspiring Women of Action on International Women’s Day

Quentin Wodon

QW picMarch 8 is International Women’s Day. The day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The focus this year is on urgent action needed to accelerate gender parity.

On that day, the World Bank Group Staff Association will host a discussion with inspiring Rotarian women who have made a difference in the world. The event will illustrate the power of women to change the world and improve the lives of the less fortunate through innovative and impactful projects in the areas of education and health. The event will take place from 2 PM to 3 PM and will be streamed online through World Bank Live, so you can watch it from wherever you are.

Three great speakers will be featured. Marion Bunch is the head of Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention. Her signature program has been the organization of Family Health Days in developing countries where families receive free consultations and health care. Jennifer Jones a Director on Rotary International’s global board. A media professional, she led Rotary missions to create documentaries and teach journalism and ethics classes in Brazil, Tanzania and Haiti. Deepa Willingham, also a Rotarian, founded Promise of Assurance to Children Everywhere, a program for impoverished girls in India. The panelists will be introduced by Daniel Sellen, Chair of the World Bank Group Staff Association.

In order to connect online, simply click here. For those living in the Washington, DC, area, limited seating is available to attend in person provided you register here. More details on the event are available on the Rotarian Economist blog where I will also feature stories about Deepa’s and Marion’s work. Please don’t hesitate to send me an email through the Contact Me page of my blog if you have any question. And please don’t hesitate to share this information with friends.


"Pluralism Now!" petition from the French Association of Political Economy

A message from Bruno Tinel of Université Paris:

The French Association of Political Economy is now launching an international campaign called "Pluralism Now!"

Please sign the petition (there is also some contextual and background information at the link).


Fred Lee, RIP

FredWe are very sad to report that our dear friend and colleague, Fred Lee, has passed away.

In the words of his longtime UMKC colleague John Henry, "It is with great sadness that I inform the ASE community that Fred Lee passed away last night. Given his deterioration over the last week, this was something of a welcome relief. The tentative date for his memorial service is November 8, but an announcement as to the details will be forthcoming."

A longer post of remembrance can be found here.


Martha Nussbaum delivers a brilliant plenary address for the Association for Social Economics at 2014 ASSA meetings

1207With Chicago blanketed in snow and no flights leaving O'Hare Airport, University of Chicago philosopher Martha Nussbaum appeared by Skype to present the opening plenary address of the Association for Social Economics during the 2014 meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations in Philadelphia last week.

After being introduced by incoming ASE president Mark D. White, Professor Nussbaum delivered her speech, entitled "Economics Still Needs Philosophy." She focused on a number of areas in which philosophy could enhance economic thinking, including justice (particularly global justice); noncommensurability of values; pluralism and liberalism; relativism and universalism; free will and responsibility; emotion and desire; and justification of ethical and political systems. Throughout her address, Professor Nussbaum suggested ways in which economists could consider each of these topics within their work, and cited recent work in which economists were taking important steps toward doing this. She concluded her talk by commending the Association for Social Economics for emphasizing the links between law and social economics in its 2014 program.

1202Technical problems prevented the audience from asking questions of Professor Nussbaum following her address, but spirited discussion continued during the Association's reception after the talk. The Association wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Professor Nussbaum and the University of Chicago Law School for their cooperation in making this event possible given the extreme weather following New Year's Day, and we look forward to more fruitful collaboration in the future.


Daily Freeman covers Dr. Pavlina R. Tcherneva and ASE's Helen Potter Prize

TchernevaThe Daily Freeman reported on Pavlina R. Tcherneva, research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and assistant professor of economics at Bard, who won the 2013 Helen Potter Award from the Association of Social Economics. The Potter Award is given once a year to the author(s) of the best paper published in Review of Social Economy, and Dr. Tcherneva won for her article "Permanent On-The-Spot Job Creation—The Missing Keynes Plan for Full Employment and Economic Transformation" which appeared in the March 2012 issue. The award was announced at the ASE Presidential Breakfast on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the ASSA meetings in San Diego, and everyone at the ASE congratulates Dr. Tcherneva for her exemplary work.