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CALL FOR PAPERS: Towards Pluralism in Macroeconomics?


The deadline for submission of paper proposals and complete sessions for the 20th FMM conference is approaching: 30 June 2016. Proposals (extended abstracts, max. 400 words) have to be submitted electronically via this web application. Please find more information in the Call for Papers.

Twenty years ago, the Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies (FMM) was founded as a platform for analysis, research and discussion of macroeconomic issues. At the time macroeconomic theory and policy were dominated by neoclassical approaches. In contrast, the network was established to promote alternative, heterodox concepts of macroeconomic theory and refocus economic policy on the goals of high employment, environmentally sustainable growth, price stability, reduced inequality and poverty. At our 20th conference, we will assess the current state of macroeconomics. What has changed in the two decades since the foundation of the network? Is there greater pluralism in theoretical approaches? What are the improvements in modeling the economy in orthodox and heterodox approaches? What is the explanatory power and empirical content of macroeconomics today?

The submission of papers in the following areas is encouraged

  • Pluralism and convergence in macroeconomics
  • Developments in heterodox and orthodox approaches within the last 20 years
  • Comparison or in-depth review of macroeconomic models
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to macroeconomics
  • Relationship between macroeconomics and macroeconomic policies
  • Teaching pluralism in economics

We particularly welcome submissions of papers for graduate student sessions. Graduate students who already presented a paper in previous FMM conferences are encouraged to submit to the regular sessions to improve chances for newcomers. There will also be a day of introductory lectures for graduate students prior to the opening panel on 20 October. Hotel costs will be covered for graduate student presenters (max. four nights from 19 to 23 October).

Proposals have to be submitted electronically via this web application,(abstract of max. 400 words) by 30 June 2016.

Proposals for organized sessions with abstracts of three or four papers are welcome and can also be submitted through the web application. Decisions will be made in early August and will be based on clarity, relevance and originality of abstracts outlining the research question, method and (preliminary) results. In case of acceptance, full papers, including an abstract of max. 200 words are due by 6 October and will be posted on this page. Selected papers will be published after the conference in a special Papers & Proceedings issue of the European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention (EJEEP). The conference language is English.

Registration details for the conference and the introductory lectures will be available on this page by mid-August. Please note that acceptance to present a paper does not imply automatic registration.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Philip Arestis (Cambridge Centre for Economic & Public Policy, UK)
  • Sebastian Dullien (University of Applied Science, DE)
  • Roger Farmer (University of California, US)
  • Antoine Godin (Kingston University, UK)
  • Eckhard Hein (Institute for International Political Economy (IPE), Berlin School of Economics and Law, DE)
  • Marc Lavoie (University of Ottawa, CA)
  • Maria Nikolaidi (University of Greenwich, UK)
  • Michael Roos (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, DE)
  • Irene van Staveren (University Rotterdam, NL)
  • Janina Urban (Research Institute for Societal Development, DE)

Web application

Call for papers (pdf)