Jakob Kapeller


Epistemology of the social sciences and pluralism in economics; history of political and economic thought

Jakob Kapeller is a philosopher who accidentally became an economist. He serves as a Professor at the Institute for Socio-Economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen and heads the Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE) at Johannes Kepler University Linz. His research interests are focused on socio-economic change from a political economy perspective, the history of economic and political ideas, the philosophy of the social sciences, distributional issues and heterodox economics. Jakob has published widely in different disciplinary contexts and has received several scientific awards for his works. He regularly participates in the organization of academic conferences and other scientific community services. Most importantly, he serves as the editor of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter (www.heterodoxnews.com) since 2013.

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The Focus of Academic Economics: Before and After the Crisis

Paper Working Paper Series | | May 2018

Has the global financial crisis of 2007 had a visible impact on the economics profession?

How economic policy drives European (dis)integration

Article | Sep 22, 2016

The Eurozone is (quietly) disintegrating as ‘core’ and ‘periphery’ countries continue on paths of economic divergence. That disintegration is reinforced by self-defeating policies shaped by a macroeconomic model that mimics and reinforces the divisions between ‘winners’ and ‘losers’

The performativity of potential output: Pro-cyclicality and path dependency in coordinating European fiscal policies

Paper Working Paper Series | | Aug 2016

This paper analyzes the performative impact of the European Commission’s model for estimating ‘potential output’, which is used as a yardstick for measuring the ‘structural budget balance’ of EU countries and, hence, is crucial for coordinating European fiscal policies.

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