Dr. Eric Hake, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean in the Ketner School of Business, was invited to give a keynote address at the 17th Annual Conference of the Faculty of Economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in late March. His paper was titled "Capital, Debt, and the Remaking of the Modern Corporation."
In addition to making a March 30th presentation to this organization, Hake met with well-known academics at the University and other conference participants and had an opportunity to make a presentation to graduate students there on the foundation of institutionalist analysis. Institutionalist economics, which blends economics with insights from the other social sciences, Hake shared, is a very powerful approach to studying real world problems. It is a useful alternative to the more traditional approach that treats economic activity as somehow separate from the rest of society. (For more details about this approach visit the Association for Evolutionary Economics website at www.afee.net.)
Hake noted that as the largest university in Latin America, UNAM has over 300,000 students, and plays an extremely important role in promoting civil and critical intellectual exchange in Mexico and the rest of the world. He is hopeful to have more opportunities to explore the relationship with his colleagues at UNAM and learn more about the work they are doing in Mexico.