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Research Scholars

Research Scholars

Aqdas Afzal

Aqdas Afzal is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri –Kansas City as a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan. Dr. Afzal specializes in exploring the relationship between economic growth and fossil fuel energy consumption in net energy importing emerging economies. Previously, apart from working in Pakistan’s development sector, he also taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Dr. Afzal has written on the microfinance sector in Pakistan and he recently analyzed the economic and social impact of persistent rise in global food prices in a series of op-eds, offering solutions for both increased food production and better food distribution. In 2015, Dr. Afzal, while a graduate student, won the prestigious “Student Scholars Prize” in economics. Recently, he published a short paper on the economic impact of autonomous vehicles in the Kansas City Business Journal. He also taught at Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

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Abdulelah AlrasheedyAbdulelah Alrasheedy

Abdulelah Alrasheedy is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and an economic researcher at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA). He completed a Master’s degree in economics (monetary policy) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In Spring 2017, he received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Dr. Alrasheedy specializes in both monetary policy and unemployment in emerging economies.


Jorge AmarJorge Amar

Jorge Amar is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and the president, and founding member of, the Full Employment and Price Stability Association (APEEP) in Spain. He has previously served as the coordinator of the economic commission of ATTAC Spain. Amar holds a degree in economics from the University of Valencia and is presently a doctoral candidate in Applied Economics at the Universidad Valencia. A retired police officer and former secretary of the primary police officer’s union in Valencia, Amar has co-authored several articles and book chapters on Modern Monetary Theory. He has also edited several Spanish translations of MMT texts, including Warren Mosler’s Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds and Bill Mitchel’s Eurozone Dystopia. More recently, Amar served as economic advisor for Spain’s Unidad Popular party within the Grupo de elaboración política (Policy Elaboration Group), a provisional task force coordinated by economist Eduardo Garzón.

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David-BarkinDavid Barkin

David Barkin is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. Dr. Barkin earned his Ph.D. in economics at Yale University in 1966. He was a founding member of the Ecodevelopment Center in 1974 and was a recipient of the National Prize in Political Economy in 1979. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and was appointed as an Emeritus Member of the National Research Council. In 2015, he was awarded a Georg Forster Chair at the Humboldt University (Berlin) to pursue research on the socio-economic and political impacts of climate change in Latin America, promoting collaboration between German and Latin American researchers. He is the author of several books focusing on Mexican economic development, food systems analysis, and sustainable development; including: Distorted Development: Mexico in the World Economy (1990), and Mexican Innovations in Water Management (2001). His 1998 book, Wealth, Poverty and Sustainable Development, enjoys wide circulation can be downloaded free of charge. His current research focuses on the construction of post-capitalist societies and their ability to adapt to the triple crisis: social, economic, and environmental.

Jon CalameJon Calame

Jon Calame is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He lives in rural Maine, where he coordinates the Affordable Heat Consortium, a non-profit dedicated to reducing winter heating costs in Down East Maine. He was a co-founding Partner and Operations Officer of Minerva Partners, a non-profit consultancy group working internationally to support cultural heritage conservation programs that strengthen local communities. Before founding Minerva Partners, Calame served as partnerships manager for the World Monuments Fund in New York, and worked in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, towards a comprehensive rehabilitation scheme for neighborhoods and individual monuments. He studied the master plan for urban re-integration as a Fulbright Scholar in Nicosia, Cyprus, and studied Italy’s Roma camps as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He received a MacArthur Foundation Research & Writing Grant for field work in support of a 2009 book entitled Divided Cities: Beirut, Belfast, Jerusalem, Mostar and Nicosia. Calame has lectured widely on post-conflict reconstruction, divided cities, and iconoclasm. He received undergraduate training in architectural history at Yale and graduate training in historic preservation of architecture at Columbia.

Jerry Courvisanos

Jerry Courvisanos is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, and Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Federation Business School, Mt Helen Campus, Ballarat, Federation University Australia. Jerry’s basic research is focuses on understanding the processes of innovation and their impact on investment spending, business cycles, sustainable development and the long-term development of businesses and the economy. This work informs applied research into innovation and entrepreneurial activity for regional development. Jerry is coordinator of the Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) stream which focuses on the economics, management and sustainability of innovation, while teaching entrepreneurship in the school’s MBA program at the Mt Helen campus and in China. He also is principal supervisor to PhD candidates in topics related to innovation, technology, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

As an economist, Jerry has taught economics for 35 years in various universities in Australia. He has also advised local councils, regional development boards and social service organisations on effective approaches to identifying economic strengths and establishing new activities, especially in non-metropolitan regional areas. Jerry has published two sole author books, Investment Cycles in Capitalist Economies (Edward Elgar, 1996) and Cycles, Crises and Innovation: Path to Sustainable Development – A Kaleckian-Schumpeterian Synthesis (Edward Elgar, 2012). He is also leading editor of a book to be published in mid-2016 entitled Reclaiming Pluralism in Economics (Routledge, 2016), which is a festschrift honour of John E. King. Editorial Board on the following journals: American Review of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Analysis, Journal of Innovation Economics and Management, Interdisciplinary Studies Journal, and Manipal Journal of Management Sciences. He has published many articles in journals and books of readings.

CypherJames M. Cypher

James M. Cypher is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a Research Professor in the Doctoral Program in Development Studies (UAED) at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (Mexico).  Dr. Cypher is an economist and specialist in Latin American Development. He is the author of The Process of Economic Development (Routledge, 2014), co-author of Mexico’s Economic Dilemma (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010), and the author of State and Capital in Mexico (Westview, 1990). His research on a wide range of topics has been published in more than 90 journal articles and 40 book chapters. He received his Ph.D. degree in economics at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Cypher has been a visiting professor or researcher at American University (Washington, D.C.), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa (Mexico) and Facultad Latino Americana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Chile. He was, for an extensive period, a professor of economics in the California State University system. He is a member of the editorial committee of: International Journal of Development Issues (Australia), Latin American Perspectives (US) and Ola Financiera (Mexico). His published research on the political economy of U.S. military spending spans the period, 1970-2014.

Erik DeanErik Dean

Erik Dean is a research scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and an instructor of economics at Portland Community College. He has presented papers on heterodox microeconomic theory, institutional economics, and methodology at meetings for the Association for Institutional Thought and the Union for Radical Political Economics, and contributed a chapter to the recent volume Advancing the Frontiers of Heterodox Economics: Essays in Honor of Frederic S. Lee. Dean received his Ph. D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City under the supervision of James Sturgeon and Frederic Lee.

Alex DouglasAlexander X. Douglas

Alexander X. Douglas is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, and a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. Dr. Douglas completed his undergraduate studies (BA/BMus) at the Australian National University and earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London. He specializes in early modern philosophy, recently with a focus on the history of logic. He also studies the history and philosophy of political economy. His most recent publications include a book titled The Philosophy of Debt (Routledge 2016) and a number of peer-reviewed articles published in The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, The Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, The Intellectual History Review, The Journal of the History of Philosophy, and Collingwood and British Idealism Studies. You can follow his blog posts at:

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Lorenzo EspositoLorenzo Esposito

Lorenzo Esposito is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and an economist at the Bank of Italy (Milan). Lorenzo graduated from Bocconi University (Milan) in Political Economy with a dissertation on classical political economy in 1995. In 1998 he started to work for the Bank of Italy in the area of financial and banking supervision. While working for the Bank of Italy he received a Doctorate in Institutional Economics at La Sapienza University (Rome) with a dissertation on monetary policy and distributional conflict in 2002. After working in London for the Bank of Italy, he moved to the Milan branch of the Bank of Italy and later headed the unit that supervises foreign banks. Lorenzo published many articles on international banking and banking supervision. He also participated in several international technical cooperation missions to help other countries improve their banking supervision framework. Since 2013, he collaborates with the Cattolica University (Milan) doing research and didactic activity concerning the theory of banking regulation. At the present he teaches the courses on Economic Policy and Monetary Economics. He has co-authored papers on various topics including labor markets and financial stability.

Jesus FelipeJesus Felipe

Jesus Felipe is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He has been Advisor in the Asian Development Bank’s Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department since 2012. Between 2007 and 2011, he was Principal Economist and Lead Economist in the Central and West Asia Department; and previously, he held different positions in the Economics and Research Department. He has been with ADB since 1996, and he is the Managing Editor of the Asian Development Review. He has also held academic positions with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Jesus holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests spread across areas such as long-run growth in Asia, the dynamics of structural transformation, industrial policy, inclusive growth and full employment, the impact of technology on employment, productivity, technological progress, the functional distribution of income, business cycles, and the path of profit rates. He has published extensively in academic journals on different aspects of Asia’s development, productivity and structural transformation; as well as books on labor markets, structural transformation, industrial policy and the foundations of the aggregate production function.

Scott Ferguson

Scott Ferguson is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and assistant professor of Film & Media Studies in the Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. Ferguson earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. His current research and pedagogy aim to bring the political-economic insights of Modern Monetary Theory into generative dialogues with humanities scholarship, continental philosophy, and media theory. His present areas of focus include the history of aesthetics; digital animation and visual effects in action-adventure blockbusters and videogames; and essayistic writing across media platforms. Dr. Ferguson has published essays in Screen, Boundary 2 Online, Naked Capitalism, Rebelión, CounterPunch, Critical Inquiry’s “In the Moment” blog, Liminalities, and is currently working on a book-length manuscript titled, The Unheard-of Center: Critique after Modern Monetary Theory. Recent writings can be found at his blog, the unheard-of center.

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Scott cScott Fullwiler

Scott Fullwiler is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Assistant Professor of economics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He previously held the James A. Leach Endowed Chair in Banking and Monetary Economics and is the Social Entrepreneurship Program Co-Director at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. There he taught courses in financial management, investments/portfolio management, financial markets, bank management, financial modeling, valuation, monetary economics, advanced macroeconomics, ecological economics, and social entrepreneurship.

He was also an adjunct faculty in Presidio Graduate School’s (San Francisco, CA) Sustainable MBA program, where he teaches sustainable capital markets.  Presidio is ranked #1 among MBA programs for sustainability by Net Impact.

Scott’s academic research has been largely on the interactions of financial institutions, central banks and government treasuries, such as in money markets, national payments systems, government debt operations, and central bank operations. His research in these areas has been required reading in some PhD programs and is frequently invited to present at national and international conferences.  He is best known as one of a few handfuls of leading proponents of Modern Money Theory and blogs periodically for New Economic Perspectives.

Fullwiler’s research is grounded in systems methodology, a result of receiving his PhD under the direction of prominent systems theorist and economist F. Gregory Hayden at the University of Nebraska. In 2009, he co-edited Institutional Analysis and Praxis–The Social Fabric Matrix Approach, which extends the systems-based framework designed by Hayden and also applies it to several economic policy issues.

For the past several years, Scott has pursued teaching and research interests in Social Entrepreneurship, and, in particular, finance and investment where social and environmental impact are explicitly concerned. He led an interdisciplinary effort to design a minor in Social Entrepreneurship at Wartburg College, and then designed courses in the emerging field of Social Capital Markets for both Wartburg College and Franklin College in Switzerland.  He also helped design and launch a blended for-profit/non-profit small business incubator in Waverly, which followed a two-year stint as Treasurer for Waverly’s Chamber of Commerce.

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Mitch Green

Mitch Green

Mitch Green is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He has taught courses in political economy, economic statistics and applied microeconomics at Franklin & Marshall College and will offer seminars in economic history and history of economic thought at Portland State University. He currently serves as board member for the Association for Institutional Thought, and participates in the annual meetings of the Association for Evolutionary Economics, Union for Radical Political Economists, and Association for Social Economics. His areas of research include economic history of the American West, political economy, energy and housing policy, as well as Post Keynesian microeconomic theory. Dr. Green received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City under the supervision of Frederic S. Lee and James Sturgeon.

Rohan GreyRohan Grey

Rohan Grey is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He is the Founder and President of the Modern Money Network; a global learning hub that promotes public understanding of money and finance. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, an L.L.M. from the London School of Economics, and a M.A. in Music Education from Columbia Teachers College. Rohan currently works as an advocate for children in Manhattan Family Court, and was previously an elementary, primary and secondary music teacher.

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Sandy Brian Hager

Sandy Brian Hager

Sandy Brian Hager is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He received his PhD in 2013 from York University and worked previously as a Fellow in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. His research deals broadly with issues of inequality and corporate power in global finance. He is the author of Public Debt, Inequality, and Power: The Making of a Modern Debt State (University of California Press, 2016).

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Steven Hail

Steven Hail

Steven Hail is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, with a Ph.D. from Flinders University, and a M.Sc from the London School of Economics. During the 1990s, he lived and worked in London, published a number of economics text books, and was involved in the provision of financial training to staff from all the major UK banks, many international banks and the Bank of England. He gradually developed an awareness of the dangerous flaws in orthodox neoclassical economics, which led eventually to the study of Post Keynesian economics in general, and modern monetary theory in particular. In recent years, he has been a teaching specialist, committed to the defence of economic pluralism in otherwise orthodox economics departments, and the dissemination of insights from modern monetary theory to the general public. He has conducted public forums to that end, and served on the editorial committee of the Economic Reform Australia Review. The title of his recent Ph.D. was Behavioural and Post-Keynesian Foundations for a new Macroeconomics.

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John T. Harvey

John T. Harvey

John T. Harvey is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a Professor of Economics at Texas Christian University (TCU). He earned his PhD at the University of Tennessee in 1987 and has been at TCU ever since. His main areas of research are international economics, contemporary schools of thought, and macroeconomics. Dr. Harvey has published over forty peer-reviewed articles and four books including Currencies, Capital Flows and Crises: A post Keynesian analysis of exchange rate determination (Routledge, 2009) and Contending Perspectives in Economics: A Guide to Contemporary Schools of Thought (Edward Elgar, 2015). John is currently working on a manuscript aimed at explaining complex economic issues to the layperson. He also has a blog at where he comments on current economic policy issues.

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johnfhenryJohn F. Henry

John F. Henry is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He received his Ph.D. from McGill University. He is the author of two books, and has published over twenty articles in refereed journals such as History of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Issues, Review of Social Economy, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Journal of the History of Economic Thought among others. He has contributed essays to eight edited collections and has had numerous short papers, book reviews, and miscellany published. Most of his teaching career was spent at California State University, Sacramento, where he won the teaching and service awards and presented the annual Livingston Lecture, considered to be the highest faculty honor at that institution. He also taught at Staffordshire University, England, and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He currently is a member of the economics department, University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Robert C. HockettRobert C. Hockett

Robert C. Hockett is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, and is the Edward Cornell Endowed Professor of Law at Cornell University. His principal teaching, research, and writing interests lie in the fields of organizational, financial, and monetary law and economics in both their positive and normative, as well as their national and transnational, dimensions. His guiding concern in these fields is with the legal and institutional prerequisites to a just, prosperous, and sustainable economic order. A Senior Consultant with Westwood Capital Holdings, Fellow of the Century Foundation, and regular commissioned author for the New America Foundation, Hockett also does regular consulting work gratis for the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Monetary Fund, Americans for Financial Reform, the ‘Occupy Money’ Cooperative, and multiple federal and state legislators, regulators, and local governments. Prior to doing his doctoral work and entering academe, he worked for the International Monetary Fund and clerked for the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

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Michael HoexterMichael F. Hoexter

Michael F. Hoexter is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He received his bachelors from Yale University and Ph.D. in psychology from University of Michigan.  With a long-time interest in sustainability, Dr. Hoexter is a scholar-practitioner and policy analyst in the area of energy and climate policy, working both in the business world and publishing scholarly articles at the interface between addressing human-caused climate change and economics.  Dr. Hoexter has contributed chapters on energy pricing and energy conservation and efficiency to books published by Springer and Elsevier.  Dr. Hoexter blogs regularly at New Economic Perspectives on the application of sound economic and ethical principles to climate and energy policy, including policy advocacy for full employment and skills retraining to address the climate challenge. Dr. Hoexter has developed an inside, practitioner’s understanding of technological and economic requirements for businesses, electric utilities, governments, and organizations to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment and energy production.  He has consulted as a technical product representative on building projects targeting the high energy performance, Passivhaus standard, of which there are now 60,000 buildings of all types worldwide.   From marketing and policy consulting work, he is also an expert in the policy challenges and alternatives facing renewable energy developers, with a focus on choices in the policy instruments associated with financing renewable energy development.  He has professional experience in government and utility sponsored conservation and energy efficiency programs in California and Northeastern States of the United States.

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HsuSara Hsu

Sara Hsu is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and an Assistant Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  Dr. Hsu specializes in Chinese economic development, informal finance, and shadow banking.  She has published one of the only English language books on the topic of Chinese informal finance, entitled Informal Finance in China: American and Chinese Perspectives, as well as one of the only Chinese-language books on Chinese shadow banking.   Sara Hsu has also published a number of articles and books on the topics of sustainable development, financial crises, and trade. Prior to working at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Dr. Hsu was a Visiting Professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  She also worked in the dot-com industry in New York.  Sara earned her Ph.D. from the University of Utah and her BA from Wellesley College.

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KaragiannisNNikolaos Karagiannis

Nikolaos Karagiannis is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds, England, in 1996. He is Professor of Economics at Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, and the Managing Editor of the journal American Review of Political Economy (ARPE). He has authored, co-authored, and co-edited sixteen books, and has published widely in scholarly journals and edited books in the areas of economic development, public sector economics, and macroeconomic policy analysis. He is particularly interested in Developmental State theory and policy, and his research has focused extensively on the applicability of this interventionist perspective in different contexts such as EU countries, Caribbean small island economies, North African countries, and the United States.

KelsayMichael P. Kelsay

Michael P. Kelsay is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He has been member of the faculty in the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) since 1995. He received his B.A. and M.A in Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1993 at the University of Tennessee—Knoxville. While at the University of Tennessee, he was a Waste Management & Education Institute PhD Fellow and he received a Department of Energy Fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Additional academic honors have included an Outstanding Teacher of the Year award and an Excellence in Economics fellowship. Since 1994, Dr. Kelsay has held several consulting positions where he has specialized in commercial litigation matters. Kelsay has been the principal investigator for a number of grants funded by the public and private sectors over the past ten years. He has published over twenty articles, book chapters & monographs and has made numerous presentations at professional meetings in addition to public seminars and workshops. Prior to his academic career, Kelsay was in the financial services sector for 13 years. He was Chief Executive Officer for Argentine Savings & Loan in Kansas City, Kansas from 1982-1989. While serving as the CEO, he served on the boards of several neighborhood and non-profit organizations and was Chairman of the Christmas Campaign for the Salvation Army in Kansas City, Kansas.

Daniel KostzerDaniel Kostzer

Daniel Kostzer is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a Board Member at the World Bank Group (Alternate Executive Director from Argentina for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay). His earlier positions include Senior Economic Advisor at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Myanmar country office, Head of the Socio-Economic Unit at United Nations Integrated Mission (UNMIT) in Timor-Leste, Coordinator of the Social Development Cluster at the UNDP’s Buenos Aires office, Director of Research and Macroeconomic Coordination at the Argentine Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Security, and Advisor of the National Lower Chamber and Director of the Center of Studies of the Argentine Northern Region (CEDENOA). Daniel also served as consultant for the ILO, ECLAC, and UNDP on poverty reduction, income distribution and employment policies, and was a member of the knowledge networks of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, ILO. Daniel taught economics as a visiting professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Drew University. He currently lectures at the Master of Applied Labor Economics for Development (MALED) program in Turin, Italy, organized by the ILO, University of Turin and the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Daniel’s work has been published in a variety of academic and professional journals on issues related to social protection, income distribution, labor markets, economic development, job quality, rural development, among others. Daniel holds a graduate degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.

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Philip LawnPhilip Lawn

Associate Professor Philip Lawn is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (University of Newcastle) and Visitor at the School of Economics (University of Adelaide). Over the past decade Philip has written and edited a number of books and articles on the principles, indicators, and policy aspects of sustainable development. Some of his books include: Sustainable Development Indicators in Ecological Economics (2006, Edward Elgar), Frontier Issues in Ecological Economics (2007, Edward Elgar), Sustainable Welfare in the Asia-Pacific (2008, co-edited with Matthew Clarke, Edward Elgar), and Environment and Employment: A Reconciliation (2009, Routledge). Philip has recently finished a climate change book and an edited volume on how nations can best make the transition to a sustainable economy in a world subject to the degenerative forces of globalisation. Philip is a long-time member of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) and has served on the Executive Committee of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE) (2004-2007). During his time on the Executive Committee, Philip helped organise ANZSEE’s biennial conference and conducted a number of pre-conference Master classes on the Genuine Progress Indicator – an alternative macro indicator designed to replace Gross Domestic Product as a measure of national economic performance. Owing to a lack of a suitable forum to investigate environment-employment issues, Philip conceived of The International Journal of Environment, Workplace, and Employment (Inderscience) in 2004. Philip became the founding editor of the journal and remained in the position until 2008. At the same, Philip has been a Guest Editor of The International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development (Inderscience). Philip is also in demand by Australian state governments having undertaken commissioned work for the Victorian and Queensland Governments. His commissioning role has led to two Genuine Progress Indicator reports on Queensland and one on Victoria. Along with seminar and conference presentations, Philip regularly gives presentations to community groups and organisations in an attempt to spread the word about the dangers of humankind’s predilection with continued growth and the benefits as well as the necessity of transitioning to a steady-state economy.

Oren_Levin_WaldmanOren M. Levin-Waldman

Oren M. Levin-Waldman is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Professor of public policy in the School for Public Affairs and Administration at Metropolitan College of New York. He is author of Wage Policy, Income Distribution, and Democratic Theory(Routledge); The American Constitution (Bridgepoint Education Co.); The Political Economy of the Living Wage: A Study of Four Cities (M.E. Sharpe); The Case of the Minimum Wage: Competing Policy Models (SUNY Press); Reconceiving Liberalism: Dilemmas of Contemporary Liberal Public Policy (University of Pittsburgh Press); and Plant Closure, Regulation, and Liberalism: The Limits to Liberal Public Philosophy (University Press of America). Among one of the researcher for Employment Policy Research Network (EPRN), he is a regular guest on “Westchester on the Level,” a blog/talk radio show where he discusses economic policy for an hour every other week. He also writes regular columns in the Yonkers Tribune and Labor Press, and contributes frequently to the United Steelworkers Blog.

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LiangYan Liang

Yan Liang is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and an Associate Professor at Willamette University. Her research interest includes a Post Keynesian-Institutional approach to international trade and finance, financial macroeconomics and economic development (with a regional focus on China). She has published articles in International Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Issues, The Chinese Economy, and China & the World Economy and contributed to several edited books. Yan is currently working on an Institute for New Economic Thinking grant project concerning shadow banking in China and its developmental implications. Yan teaches Macroeconomics, International Economics, Global Financial Crisis, the Chinese Economy and other courses at Willamette. She received a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in Economics from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Yan is an active member of the Association of Evolutionary Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, and Association for Institutional Thought.

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Olafur Margeirsson is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He finished his PhD in economics (“Financial Instability and Foreign Direct Investment”) from the University of Exeter (UK) in 2014, previously having earned Dean’s Commendation and The Philip Norman Memorial Prize for his MSc. Money & Banking studies at the same university. He worked as a Junior Economist at Kaupthing Bank Research Department in Reykjavik before the fall of the Icelandic financial system. He has repeatedly assisted policy makers in his home country, Iceland, on policy matters concerning financial stability and consumer finance. His views have been projected by the Icelandic and international media alike, including the Financial Times and Le Monde. Research interests include real estate; banking; monetary history, policy and developments; financial crises; and sustainable development, in particular in relation with energy and real estate. Olaf lives and works in Switzerland.
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Giuseppe MastromatteoGiuseppe Mastromatteo

Giuseppe Mastromatteo is Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, Professor at the Faculty of Economics at Cattolica University in Milan, and Professor at the Theological Faculty of Lugano. He has previously taught at the University of Genoa, University of Rome 3, University of Turin, the Pontifical Lateran University, and the Pontifical Gregorian University. Professor Mastromatteo’s research areas include monetary economics, public economics, labor markets, and globalization. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of EconomEtica, the Interuniversity Centre “Crescita e Sviluppo Economico”(CICSE) based at the Department of Economics of the University of Pisa, “Expolab” at the University Cattolica, and the Inter-University Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility of the enterprise, and the “Study Center” held by the Italian Federation of the Consultory Families of Christian inspiration. In addition, Professor Mastromatteo is currently involved in the analysis of short-run monetary trends and cooperates with Osservatorio Monetario, a quarterly journal edited by the Cattolica University and ASSBB [Association for The Studies of Banks and Equities Markets]. As such, he is a member of LAM [Laboratory of Monetary Analysis] as well as ECRIRE [Economic Crises and Regulation Laboratory Analysis] held by the same University, in association with ASSBB-LAM. Professor Mastromatteo is also a member of a number of Supervisory Boards of Pension Funds managed by the Intesa Sanpaolo group.

Scott McConnellScott McConnell

Scott McConnell is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Eastern Oregon University, teaching in both the Economics and the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) programs. His research interests are in ecological economics, the history of money, modern money theory, and functional finance. He has published in the Journal of Economic Issues and the Review of Political Economy. He is studying rural issues in the U.S. through Eastern Oregon University’s Center for Rural Studies, where he is a research fellow. A current project through the center that Scott is working on with one of his students is a jobs program targeted at the relatively impoverished rural regions of the U.S. Scott teaches History of Economic Thought, Macroeconomics, Money, Financial Markets and Institutions, and Finance classes at Eastern Oregon. Scott is a member of the Association for Evolutionary Economics and Association of Social Economics. He received his BA in Economics from Portland State University, the MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Michael J. MurrayMichael J. Murray

Michael J. Murray is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Associate Professor of Economics at Bemidji State University. He co-edits the American Review of Political Economy and is co-editor of four volumes on the Job Guarantee (Palgrave Macmillan). Murray’s research focuses on public policies targeting the dual problems of unemployment and poverty, he also studies production theory, structural and technological change, and its impacts on employment.

John NicolarsenJohn Nicolarsen

John Nicolarsen is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity with interests including economic theory, heterodox economics, political ecology, law and economics, and economic philosophy. Among other venues, his research and work has been presented at the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) and International Post-Keynesian conferences. John received his PhD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City under the guidance of Dr. Mathew Forstater and Dr. Linwood Tauheed.

peacock copyMark Peacock

Mark Peacock is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science, York University, Toronto, where he teaches in the Business & Society undergraduate programme and the Social and Political Thought graduate programme. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1996 and worked at Witten/HerdeckeUniversity and Erfurt University in Germany before moving to Canada in 2006. His research interests are heterodox economics, philosophical and ethical aspects of economics, history of money. His monograph Introducing Money was published by Routledge in 2013. 

Robert ScottRobert H. Scott, III

Robert H. Scott, III is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Associate Professor of Economics and Finance at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. He has published articles on credit cards, consumer debt, financial literacy, inequality, startup business financing and ecological economics. His biography Kenneth Boulding: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (2015) is included in Palgrave’s Great Thinkers in Economics book series.

T.P.-SharpeTimothy P. Sharpe

Timothy P. Sharpe is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Lecturer of Economics at Nottingham Trent University where he teaches (current) macroeconomic issues, theories and policies. Tim’s research is on contemporary macroeconomic policy debates vis-à-vis the conduct of fiscal and monetary policy among advanced economies. More specifically, his research focuses on deficit and debt dynamics, macroeconomic issues and policies of the Eurozone, Central Bank mechanics, and full employment policies. Tim has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Review of Political Economy and the International Review of Applied Economics. He holds a B.Com, B.Ec(Hons) and PhD in economics from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Ahmed SolimanAhmed Soliman

Ahmed Soliman is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Denison University. His research interests are in the broad area of environmental engineering and sustainable energy. Prior to joining Denison, Ahmed was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Center of Environmental Science and Technology at SUNY Cobleskill. He also held two post doctoral positions, one at Cornell University in the Department of Physics and one at Purdue University in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Ahmed’s research experience expands in different fields ranging from researching substitutes for fossil fuel as a source of alternative energy in upstate New York, studying urban air quality near highways in Indiana, to developing high-performance crystallization plates for biological applications. Ahmed Soliman holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Ain Shams University in Cairo, M.S. in Physics from the University of Denver, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Purdue University.

Pavlina R. Tcherneva

Pavlina R. Tcherneva is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity associate professor of economics at Bard College. She previously taught at Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. During 2000-2006, Tcherneva served as the associate director for economic analysis at the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability, where she remains a senior research associate. During Summer 2006, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, U.K., and since July 2007, she has been a research scholar at the Levy Economics Institute.

Tcherneva conducts research in the fields of modern monetary theory and public policy and has consulted policymakers from Argentina, Bulgaria, China, Turkey, and the United States on developing and evaluating various job creation programs. Her research looks at the nexus between monetary and fiscal policies under sovereign currency regimes and the macroeconomic merits of alternative stabilization programs. In her recent work she has offered a reinterpretation of Keynes’s approach to full employment and is currently working on the impact of alternative fiscal policies on unemployment, income distribution, and public goods provisioning. She has also examined the role, nature, and relative effectiveness of Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke’s alternative monetary policies and President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act during the Great Recession.

Tcherneva is a two-time recipient of a grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking for a project that rethinks the nature and role of fiscal policy in securing full employment over the long run. Her research has appeared in the Review of Social Economy, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, International Journal of Political Economy, Rutgers Journal of Law and Urban Policy, and other journals. She is the co-editor of Full Employment and Price Stability: The Macroeconomic Vision of William S. Vickrey (Elgar 2004), a collection of lesser known works by the late Nobel Prize-winning economist. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and economics (honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Gettysburg College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Luis-VillanuevaLuis Villanueva

Luis Villanueva is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and an assistant professor of economics at Denison University where he teaches Macroeconomics and Economic Development. His research interests are economic development, economic history of Latin America and classical political economy. Prior to joining the economics department at Denison University, Luis was an adjunct professor at New Jersey City University in New Jersey and at Fordham University in NYC. He earned his Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research and his MA from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). Luis is an active member of the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Union for Radical Political Economics.

Benjamin C. WilsonBenjamin C. Wilson

Benjamin C. Wilson is a research scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and an Assistant Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at Cortland. Benjamin is currently participating in an interdisciplinary research project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development investigating the relationships between pediatric chronic disease (asthma, food allergies, diabetes, and obesity) and the urban environment. This project is utilizing unique housing conditions survey data collected by The Center for Economic Information at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and parcel level health encounters data from Children’s Mercy Hospital. This parcel level spatial inquiry is utilizing a geographic information system to analyze patterns in health outcomes and develop tools for promoting change in the healthcare provisioning process. This research has been presented at the Association for Social Economics’ World Congress, and Ben’s research in the areas of modern money theory and complimentary currencies has been presented at conferences for the Association of Institutional Thought and Post-Keynesian Economics. Ben received his MA in Economics from the University of Kansas and completed his Interdisciplinary Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Mathew Forstater at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

David ZalewskiDavid A. Zalewski

David A. Zalewski is a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a Professor of Finance in the School of Business at Providence College, where he teaches courses in International Economics, Money and Banking, Financial Markets and Institutions, and interdisciplinary seminars on economics, ethics and globalization. His research focuses on macroeconomic policy, ethics and economic justice, economic history, and pluralism in economic education. His work has been published in The Journal of Economic Issues, Forum for Social Economics, The Journal of Economic History, Essays in Economic and Business History, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, and the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. He has been active in the Association for Evolutionary Economics, where he just finished his term as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. He earned a PhD in Economics from Clark University.

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