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Corporate Governance — for the society and the environment

Our societies are all scarred by Milton Friedman’s creed that “the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits”; our economies are all wounded by corporations’ obsessive pursuit for short-term profit maximization; regrettably, we all pay the price of dodgy and excessive corporate … Continue reading

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Academic CV of Failures – a motivational lesson

A fundamental rule of writing a resume rests on the unspoken prescript of omitting anything that didn’t go as planned or actually didn’t worked out. This principle is doubly valid and relevant with regard to preparing an academic CV. Each academic CV is … Continue reading

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Consensus in economics: when and why economists stopped discussing each other’s work

A French moralist and essayist Joseph Joubert, known for his posthumously published Pensées (Thoughts), wrote “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it”. I recalled this quote while reading Joe Francis’ interesting post … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever

__________________________________________________ That’s real and so truthful 🙂 Thank you for being a striker, Professor Pietsch! *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Reddit / Tumblr

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Albert Einstein on the power of ideas and imagination in science

What do the fields of economic sociology and political economy, or social and political sciences in general, have to do with Albert Einstein?.. you might probably ask. Well, they do; and hopefully at the end of this post you will agree with … Continue reading

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Unethical behavior of economists

Ethical conduct in research is not just a matter of institutional rules but a core foundation of the moral and professional principles by which any scholar must be guided. Do academic economists, whose works still constantly influence legislations and policy making, follow this basic standard? Let’s … Continue reading

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Class struggle — Karl Marx would be proud of this guy

On a whiteboard at the college entrance “Tell us what class are you struggling with and why? The Bourgeoise b/c they control the modes of production” 😉 Although it should be “means of production”, I think this person has already … Continue reading

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The academic conferences alert!!

“We have time for just one long-winded, self-indulgent question that relates to nothing we’ve been talking about.”   😉 I wish all the academics in the house a pleasant and fruitful scholarly conferences season!

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Political Economy of Grandmothers’ deaths rate – Why the week prior to an exam is dangerous for the relatives of students?

In this remarkable paper, Mike Adams (Eastern Connecticut State University) thoroughly (to say 🙂 wittily and jestingly) scrutinizes a fundamental problem: a student’s grandmother is far more likely to die suddenly just before the student takes an exam, than at … Continue reading

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Thomas Piketty: “Take a serious interest in money… Those who have a lot of it never fail to defend their interests.”

These are Thomas Piketty’s  last words in his groundshaking Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Our community – the Economic Sociology and Political Economy global academic community – proudly fulfills their meaning: “All social scientists, all journalists and commentators, all activists in … Continue reading

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