Welcome to The Association for Heterodox Economics
Welcome to the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE) website. Our Association was formed over a decade ago, and since then it has established a reputation as a major national and international forum for the discussion of alternatives to mainstream economics, and for the interdisciplinary and pluralistic nature of its discussions. As will become clear in the coming months and years, we are an evolving community. In the past our activity has been focussed on our annual Conference. In addition, we deliver an important Postgraduate Research Methodology Workshop (see under Resources), initially funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
As an Association we have plans for development, and we anticipate this website will become the focal point for this. The importance of this project is clear: the esteem of mainstream (or neoclassical) economics has reached an all-time low in the wake of the global financial crisis. This is a crisis which mainstream economists failed to predict, and this approach has failed to provide the policy recommendations to ameliorate the problems caused.
Heterodox economists have a particularly important role to play in the development of the economy, and the economics discipline. Many heterodox economists were aware that the crisis was imminent, and heterodox economics has a range of proposals for stable and sustainable economic and social structures going forward.
We hope you find the website informative, and invite you to contribute to the Association’s activities as we engage in a dialogue and debate over the future of economics.