Revisiting the History & Evolution of Economic Thought.
Precis: "Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist..." (Todd Buccholz, author of New Ideas from Dead Economists). As much as many of us hate economists, we all love to sound like one. Some simplify arguments that limit people's choices between the left and the right, between the government and the market or, worse, between two political parties. By reflecting on the origins and evolution of economic thought, we will endeavour to widen our gaze beyond such limited binary thinking and open new directions in economic discourse.
Resume of Presenter: Joffre Balce is the Assistant Secretary of the Association for Good Government, a 113 year old NGO focused on economic education based on the primary sources 19th century American intellectual, Henry George. He was a PhD candidate at the UNSW Law Faculty, holds a MSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific, a former chief economist of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp., that country's bank regulator and liquidator and research head of a Manila-based affiliate of Standard Chartered Securities, and worked on various development projects in Western Europe, the USA & Asia.