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Digressions

A conversation about economy

On Saturday, April 30th the first event organized by Ansky Papers took place. It was a talk with Miren Etxezarreta, after the recent publication of her last book What is economy good for?.

Miren is an economist, Applied Economy Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and she has written widely on this matter. I got to know her ideas years ago through her writings on rural development.

She reminded me of a book that used to be a reference manual for territorial planners and technicians back in the 90’s, with the title Integral Rural Development. Later on, in 2006 she coordinated, writing some of the main chapters an essential book to understand the evolution of agriculture in Spain and the world, Spanish Agriculture in the globalization age, edited by the Spanish Agriculture Ministry.

In her late work she begins with a brief review of the history of economic thought since its apparition as an autonomous discipline in the 18th century. In the second part the author looks closer to the economic evolution in the 21st century, with the expansion of capitalism, the big crisis and the civic as well as institutional and political reactions it has triggered.

I am interests in the Miren’s approach to the economic discipline, having clear it not a science but a social discipline. This way you avoid good or bad solutions, you rather talk about useful or useless solutions.

On Saturday she went over her book, in a clear and understandable way. And then some questions and a rich debate.

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