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Economics Festival|7-8 September @ Wits| Pluralism| Feminist Economics| Political Economy| Curriculum Reform| Contemporary Debates Save the date!
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Courtney Oct 30
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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The inequality of opportunity is something that has long-defined South Africa. All social sciences need to address this together with economics.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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The last speaker is Reza Daniels: All of us in this room can ask ourselves the question, what have *we* done to address racial inequality? In South Africa, we are exposed to the brutality of poverty from day one. This brutality is not something that economics alone can address.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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Burns argues that the staples of 1st and 2nd year economics (price ceilings and price floors for example) can help us address inequality. She argues that revisiting the assumptions of basic economics can help us understand sources of inequality.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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The 3rd speaker is Justine Burns: What are the drivers of the inequality? Where there are multiple drivers, we need to be able to separate them out. We need clear, systematic thinking. In economics we call that a model. This is how our curriculum is geared to solve problems.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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We need to ask questions about how our human agency can bring about structural change? Even if we don't see the changes now, we are creating it for future generations. The idea that we are all profit maximisers is also not correct.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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If we talk about decolonising the curriculum, we need more clarity about what we mean by this. For me, it doesn't mean throwing everything out but building on the foundations we have.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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Gerwel: We must not be so obsessed with the scientism that economics finds itself in. There is a lot that one can learn from different epistemological practices. Quants is one part but qualitative studies can also tell us a lot.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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Next up is Hein Gerwel: The problem with economics in South Africa is that it is ideologically underpinned where we assume that there is no alternative to capitalism. The situation of capitalist realism that we have now is a fallacy.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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The focus of classical economics, Smith, Malthus, Ricardo etc, was about distribution of income and inequality and UCT economics teaches them all.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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Leiman argues that some of the very first economics texts were religious ones including the bible. The moral dimension of inequality was central to these texts.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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Studies on inequality in South Africa will naturally have to talk about racial inequality according to Leiman.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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He argues that economics won't equip you to *do* anything about racial inequality but it can help you to understand and think about it.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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Tony Leiman is opening the debate arguing that UCT does not teach only neoclassical economics and, when it does, it's very important and relevant to issues like inequality.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
We're at UCT where UCT are hosting their first event with a debate on, "Does the economics curriculum equip students to address racial inequality?" Like them on facebook to keep up to date on developments and join the movement!
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Kingsway SRC Oct 20
in pictures. The Year of Stability and Action.
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KamalTheAbstract* Oct 20
REFA UJ is launching today! All are welcome 🙏🏽
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KamalTheAbstract* Oct 16
If you are in Cape Town make an effort to get down to REFA UCT’s event! 🙌🏽
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Kingsway SRC Oct 16
Join the APK SAC in conversation with academics, activists and students from around the country in an engagement of Rethinking Economics for Africa. RSVP here
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Vishwas Satgar Sep 22
The Economics of the Many captures key ideas shaping Corbyn’s Labour Party. The rise of climate catastrophe and automation are tackled head on as part of developing a society that is more radically democratic, fair and sustainable ⁦
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