B&B: Not The Nobel Prize winner // Malls and escapism // Capital and corporation // Keynesianism // Slavery and US universities // Middle class // Sex, lies and financial crises

> Congratulations to Mariana Mazzucato for winning the Promoting Economic Pluralism’s Not The Nobel Prize “for reimagining the role of the state and value in economics”. Influenced by Joseph Schumpeter and Karl Polanyi, Professor Mazzucato (University College London) is an author of widely discussed – publicly and academically – books The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (2013) and The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018)

> “Marx lived long enough to declare himself “not a Marxist.” Keynes was not so lucky”, notes Mike Beggs arguing that Keynesianism differs from the economics of Keynes in his review of Geoff Mann’s In the Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution (2017)

> While malls crumble in the US and Canada, mall culture blooms in The Philippines. As cathedrals of consumption and suburban consumerism, malls serve as avenues of escapism for most Filipinos, whose daily hardships have made them feel despondent — by Jore-Annie Rico and Kim Robert C. de Leon

> “Minting Capital: The Role of the Corporation”, a video lecture by Katharina Pistor based on her book The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2019)

The first enslaved African in Massachusetts was the property of the schoolmaster of Harvard. Yale funded its first scholarship with the rents from a slave plantation. From their very beginnings, the US universities and slavery have been intertwined, but only recently are we beginning to understand how deeply — by Alex Carp

> Unlike the US, the UK or other countries, the Netherlands is not witnessing the ‘erosion’ of its middle class. Yet, changes have occurred in Dutch political economy and the middle segment of society since the 1970s — a research by Godfried Engbersen, Erik Snel and Monique Kremer

> Pervasive lies and scandals inflected by gender and ethnicity are the early-warning devices for financial crises and the symptoms of their wilful forgetting. Aida Hozic and Jacqui True present their book Scandalous Economics: Gender and the Politics of Financial Crises (Oxford University Press, 2016)

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