Scott Carter’s New Blog: Heretical Sraffa

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By Scott Carter

Welcome to my blog, Heretical Sraffa: Furtive Thoughts on Economics and Economic Theory (see here) Just a bit about myself.  My name is Scott Carter and I received the PhD in Economics from The New School for Social Research after having studied there in the 1990s and early 2000’s.  My current position is Associate Professor of Economics at The University of Tulsa (TU).  Our department at TU is undergraduate only and we strive to provide majors with deep and broad approach to economic theory. Accordingly in our department neoclassical and mainstream theory is taught alongside ecological, environmental, and heterodox theories. Graduates leave prepared (hopefully) for graduate work and/or work in the public and private sectors.

I am also a member of the Steering Committee for the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE).  URPE is a great resource for heterodox-leaning economists and has a rich history;  in 2018 we approach 50 years of scholarship, research, pedagogy, and organizing around Radical Political Economics. One of the areas that we have been active in lately is to organize whole sessions of URPE panels at various professional academic conferences: the ASSA (URPE@ASSA; a presence we have had since the late 1960s), the Eastern Economics Association (URPE@EEA which we have organized for a decade, the last program being here) , and now the Southern Economics Association (URPE@SEA which this November enters its second year; note I will get to people the upcoming URPE@SEA program soon).

My research interests concern Marxian political economy and the economic theory of Piero Sraffa; here is a nice intellectual-biographic article on Sraffa written by Alessandro Roncaglia.  Notice I did not say ‘Sraffian’ because these days that connotes its own approach to Sraffa. My approach is different, although not necessarily incompatible, with many of the approaches to Sraffa that abound, including the orthodox Sraffian.  So as to as clear as possible that my postings, musings, and analyses of Sraffa and related themes are my own, the moniker ‘Heretical Sraffa’ dons this blog.

My primary research interest concerns the unpublished archival notes of Piero Sraffa.  I am especially interested in the Sraffa’s notes on his book, Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities: Prelude to a Critique of Economic Theory. These notes are archived according to the original Trinity convention as D3/12 and consist of 115 files of mostly handwritten material.  There will be a plethora of such posts on Sraffa’s archival material over the course of this blog.

I addition to this blog there is my account at the twitter handle Scott Carter@HereticalSraffa.

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