Marc Lavoie is Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Ottawa, where he has taught for 35 years. He is also a Research Fellow at the Macroeconomic Research Institute of the Hans Böckler Foundation in Düsseldorf and a Research Associate at the Broadbent Institute in Toronto. Lavoie has published close to 200 articles or book chapters in a wide variety of fields, in particular macroeconomics and monetary economics. With Wynne Godley he has written Monetary Economics: An Integrated Approach to Money, Income, Production and Wealth (2007) and with Mario Seccareccia, he has authored the Canadian edition of the Baumol and Blinder first-year textbook (2009). He has recently edited Wage-led Growth: An Equitable Strategy for Economic Recovery (2013, with E. Stockhammer), which deals with the effects of rising income inequality and the drift towards lower wage shares, and also In Defense of Post-Keynesian and Heterodox Economics (2013, with F. Lee). His latest work is Post-Keynesian Economics: New Foundations (2014), which is an exhaustive account of post-Keynesian economic analysis.
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Should heterodox economics be taught in economics departments, or is there any room for backwater economics?
It is highly fitting to have a panel devoted to ‘teaching economics’ in Paris. No less than 15 years ago, in 2000, in downtown Paris, a group of students from the École Normale Supérieure, one of France’s élite schools, wrote a petition asking economics teaching to be devoted to the study of real-world problems, with an instrumental use of mathematics rather than to the description of imaginary worlds based on meaningless formalizations.