The Eighteenth Annual Conference on Economics and
Hosted by EPS Italy and Perugia University in Perugia,
June 19 — 20, 2014
The Annual International Conference on Economics and
Security has been running for eighteen years. It has become
the main international forum for defense and peace economists,
attracting participants from all around the world.
•Economics of security
•Corruption and military spending
•Globalization and the restructuring of the MIC
•Militarism and development
•Security sector reform
•Economics of conflict and war
•Economics of the arms trade
•Procurement and offsets
•Arms races and alliances
•Peace economics and peace science
•Conversion and demilitarization
•Economics of terrorism
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How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class
A conversation with Joseph E. Stiglitz, Moyers &
June 6, 2014
A new report by Citizens for Tax Justice
and the US Public Interest Research Group finds that over 70
percent of Fortune 500 companies use offshore tax havens to avoid
paying US taxes.
The Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E.
Stiglitz tells Bill Moyers that such lucrative loopholes are
contributing to America’s inequality problem and persistent
unemployment rate. In fact, corporate greed, combined with a tax code
too biased toward the very rich, is hurting our economy and reducing
public investment at a time when we really need it.
Stiglitz says it doesn’t have to be this way. He has a
new plan for overhauling America’s current tax system, which he
believes contributes to making America the most unequal society of the
Watch the full interview
Disarray at the VA
Linda Bilmes has pragmatic proposals for presidential
commission, system overhaul
By Christina Pazzanese for The Harvard Gazette, June 6,
Amid public furor over revelations that employees at a US
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Phoenix concealed a
massive backlog of patients waiting up to a year for treatment, VA
Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned. The hospital reportedly placed
patients on a secret list to evade scrutiny by federal regulators who
grant bonuses for maintaining short patient wait times. Whistleblowers
have alleged treatment delays are to blame for the deaths of at least
40 veterans at the facility.
Reports of similar scheduling manipulations and patient
backlogs at two dozen other VA hospitals nationwide have prompted a
comprehensive review by the VA Office of Inspector General and a
system-wide audit by the Veterans Health Administration. Preliminary
findings from both inquiries confirm many of the accusations about
gross mismanagement and misconduct. The Pentagon has announced that it
will review its own health care system.
On June 5, the US Senate passed a reform bill that would
allow veterans to seek medical care outside the VA system if wait times
are too long or if the closest VA facility is more than 40 miles from
their home. The measure still requires approval from the House of
Representatives and President Obama.
Linda Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior
Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, is a leading
national authority on veterans and defense costs, as well as public
finance and US budgeting. Bilmes has written extensively about veterans
issues and co-authored “The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of
the Iraq Conflict” (2008) with Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel
laureate in economics. Bilmes spoke with the Gazette from England,
where she is teaching at Oxford University, about Shinseki’s departure
and the systemic challenges facing the troubled agency.
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In Other News
Inequality is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time
Walmart and other low-wage
workers are striking for basic human dignity
by Robert Reich in Alternet,
June 3, 2014
"I spent several days in New York last week with
students from around the country who were preparing to head into the
heartland to help organize Walmart workers for better jobs and wages.
"Almost exactly fifty years ago a similar group
headed to Mississippi to register African-Americans to vote, in what
came to be known as Freedom Summer.
"Call this Freedom Summer II.
"The current struggle of low-wage workers across
America echoes the civil rights struggle of the 1960s."
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Call for papers: The 12th International Post Keynesian
September 25–28, 2014
Cosponsored by the University of Missouri–Kansas City, Journal of Post
Keynesian Economics, and Levy Economics Institute of Bard
College, with support from the Ford Foundation
The 2014 Post Keynesian Conference will address all of
the traditional areas of research covered by Post-Keynesian and other
heterodox approaches to economics, with keynotes by Lord Robert
Skidelsky, James K. Galbraith, and Bruce Greenwald.
Paper or panel submissions in the following areas are
and the Real World: Paul Davidson’s Economics
Financial Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Reforms
Bank Responses to the Crisis: Tapering QE, Too-Big-to-Fail?
Functional Finance, Job Guarantee
Keynesian Pricing Theory, Phillips Curve, and Inflation
Pricing Theory and the Nonconstrained Economy
Governance and Controlling Markets
Future of Post Keynesian Economics
Keynesian Macro Models from the 1970s Onward
BRICs and the Developing World
China Offered a New Economic Model?
Sovereign Debt Sustainable? Lessons from the Reinhart-Rogoff
deadline: July 1, 2014.
are available at
An Economist's Guide to War and Peace
by Steve Killelea for Project Syndicate
Stories of conflict fill today’s headlines: whether it is
Syria’s civil war, street battles in Ukraine, terrorism in Nigeria, or
police crackdowns in Brazil, the gruesome immediacy of violence is all
too apparent. But, while commentators debate geostrategic
considerations, deterrence, ethnic strife, and the plight of ordinary
people caught in the middle, dispassionate discussion of another, vital
aspect of conflict – its economic cost – is rare.
Violence comes with a hefty price tag. The global cost of containing violence or
dealing with its consequences reached a staggering $9.5 trillion (11%
of global GDP) in 2012. This is more than twice the size of the global
agriculture sector and dwarfs total spending on foreign aid.
Read more here:
Research Fellow - Global Economy
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
is a global think tank based in Waterloo, Ontario. CIGI conducts policy
research on international governance issues, including the global
economy, international law, and global security and politics.
CIGI has an opening for a resident Research Fellow position carrying a
one year contract. This position may be renewed for an additional two
more years subject to performance and project approvals.
Reporting to the Director of the Global Economy Program, the Research
Fellow will contribute to the design and implementation of program
research and policy analysis, including some related administrative
tasks. The program's research and policy analysis covers global
economic governance issues -- including the G20, multilateral financial
institutions, international monetary relations, international trade,
and the financing of climate change and their intersection with the
The successful candidate is also expected to participate
and be engaged in the program's broader activities, such as, seminars
The full job description
is available at
Assistant Professor in Economics
Osaka University, Institute of Social and Economic
Ibaraki , Osaka, Japan
The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) of
Osaka University has a job opening for one assistant professor position
in economics beginning in or after October 2014 at the earliest
possible time. The appointment is for the fixed term of three years
with no renewal. A successful candidate may be in any field of
economics, but should demonstrate a strong potential for research in his/her
Full position details
The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume 9,
On violence and peace in India symposium,
general equilibrium modeling of social conflict, and the likely
legacy costs of the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This issue contains a 6-article symposium on violence
and peace in India. When India is considered at all, it is
predominantly with respect to its neighbors, especially Bangladesh,
Pakistan, and China. Violence within India rarely reaches even an
academic audience. The symposium is introduced by guest editor Rupayan
Gupta. Our authors are Gaurav Khanna, Laura
Zimmermann, Saurabh Singhal, Sofia Amaral, Siddhartha
Bandyopadhyay, Samrat Bhattacharya, Rudra Sensarma, Kuhuk
Bhushan, Prakarsh Singh, Nilanjana Sengupta, Dolon Ganguly, Rikhil Bhavnani,
and Saumitra Jha. In addition, Javier Alcantar-Toledo and Yannis
Venieris write on general equilibrium modeling of social conflict, and
Linda Bilmes examines the likely legacy costs of the U.S. wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
Table of Contents
financial legacy of Afghanistan and Iraq: How wartime spending
decisions will constrain future US national security budgets
capital, sociopolitical instability, and economic development: A
general equilibrium model
Alcántar-Toledo, Yannis P. Venieris
on peace and security in India: An introduction
Maoist violence with promises: Evidence from India’s Employment
Khanna, Laura Zimmermann
economics of counterinsurgency: Some evidence from Andhra Pradesh
and social conflict in India
Sofia Amaral, Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Samrat Bhattacharya, Rudra
effect of media on domestic violence norms: Evidence from India
Bhushan, Prakarsh Singh
poverty, and domestic violence in rural Bengal: The Jeevika
Development Society’s journey through women’s rights-based
Sengupta, Dolon Ganguly
Gift: Lessons for peaceful reform from India’s struggle for democracy
Bhavnani, Saumitra Jha
is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted by EPS-UK. Published twice
yearly, it raises and debates issues related to the political economy
of personal, communal, national, international, and global peace and
security. Previous contributors include Joseph Stiglitz, James
Galbraith, and Lawrence Klein. The
Journal’s website also features book reviews submitted by
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EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 4 — December 2013
EPS Affiliates Issue
This issue announce the formation of our new
Italian affiliate, and is made up of articles by
representatives from our affiliates in Germany, Egypt, South Africa,
Table of contents
the Director - Thea Harvey
Dutch Flemish Affiliate of EPS - Joel van der Beek
Germany: Engaged in the National Dialogues - Wolfram Elsner
Corruption Level Hypothesis - Hamid E. Ali
South African Arms Deal Saga - Terry Crawford-Browne
around China: appearances and reality - Juan Carlos Martínez
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EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 3 — September 2013
This issue is comprised of articles by Christopher
Petrella, J. Paul Dunne, and others on the costs of prison speculating,
bullying, and armed conflicts. There is also a commentary
by Jeffrey Sachs reflecting on the anniversary of Martin
Luther King's March on Washington.
Table of contents
The Director - Thea Harvey
Speculating on Prisons Leads to Mass Incarceration - Christopher
Economic Analysis of the Challenge of Armed Conflicts - J.
Financial Costs of Bullying, Violence, and Vandalism - Rick
Anniversary of the March on Washington - Jeffrey Sachs
September issue of EPS Quarterly at
Bring Our Troops Home
Our longest war just got even longer.
President Obama just announced that US troops will
remain in Afghanistan for another 2 ½ years. When Congress voted to
authorize the war way back in 2001, they surely didn’t know they were
authorizing a 15-year occupation.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has a bill calling for a
congressional vote on any US troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014.
As the senator said in response to the president’s announcement,
“Automatic renewal is fine for Netflix and gym memberships, but it is
not the right approach when it comes to war.”
While it’s encouraging that the administration is
reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan and setting a clear
timeline for withdrawal, it’s not good enough. 9,800 troops is 9,800
too many, and we need our tax dollars here at home.
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- June 19 — 20, 2014 The
18th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security
will be hosted by the University of Perugia and Economists
for Peace and Security (Italy).
more information, see
- June 20, 2014
Global Peace Index release at the United
Nations, New York City.
The theme for this event is: Peace and Development Post-2015 -
Assessing Country Risk. What is the state of global peace and
development? What are the risks that threaten the peacefulness of
nations and communities and what are their implications for policy
planning and development? The peace and development discussion on
the occasion of the launch of the 2014 Global Peace Index will
explore these questions, examining recent trends, including in
safety, security and conflict, while also exploring the links
between peace and development, particularly conflict risk,
institutions and resilience in the post-2015 era.
information available here:
- June 23 — 25, 2014 The 14th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science
Conference, annual meeting of Network of European Peace Scientists, will be held in the Hague at the International
Institute of Social Studies, Kortenaerkade 2518, Den Haag, The
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- June 27 - July 1, 2104 Western Economic
Association International 89th Annual
Conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt
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- July 2 — 4, 2014 Archbishop
Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
Conference 2014 "Arts, Peace and Conflict”
The conference is organized by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre
for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University. The venue
will be the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative
Campus, Liverpool, UK.
can be found here:
- July 4, 2014 Sixth
conference on Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Peace
Science will be held at Presidency
University, Kolkata, India.
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Manas Chatterji, email@example.com
- September 2 — 4, 2014
Peace and Conflict: an Interdisciplinary Conference. The
Annual Conference of the Conflict Research Society will be held at
The University of Leeds, UK.
The Conference of the British Conflict Research Society is an
interdisciplinary event that brings together academics,
practitioners and policymakers to discuss a broad range of issues
relating to peace and conflict studies.
information can be found at
- October 10 - 11, 2014 The Peace Science
Society Conference will be held in Philadelphia,
PA, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
A primary concern of the Society is the improvement of social
science theory as it relates to international relations. PSS(I) facilitates
acquaintance and provides a vehicle for discussion among its
members and others worldwide. It encourages and supports the
publication of research, particularly but not exclusively
quantitative research. PSS(I) avoids social, religious, or national
bias. It does not promote political action or polemical
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- January 3 - 5, 2015 The American
Economics Association Annual Meetings will be held
in Boston, MA.
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- January 8 - 11, 2015 Western Economics
Association International 11th Pacific Rim Conference
will be held at Victoria University of Wellington and Massey
University, Wellington, New Zealand.
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