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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Western Economics is Toxic: Can we learn from yhe Cubans?

Peter Harkness.

Economics courses are typically very political, but the politics is disguised. Outwardly, economics masquerades as a neutral and objective social science. Governments accept this and defer to its expertise. Business revere it because it seems to provide their moral raison d’etre.

This polemical paper discusses some of the inadequacies of the discipline, drawing upon many years of teaching Economics and also the policies of Australian governments. Briefly the paper makes a poignant comparison with the different attitude to economics displayed in Cuba.


Peter Harkness  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer in Economics
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Peter Harkness has been a Senior Lecturer in Economics in the
Business School at Swinburne University in Australia since 1987.
Previously he lectured in economics, politics and social scince in the Arts Faculty at the Bendigo College of Advanced Education in Australia.
The Arts Faculty experience gave him a broader view of Economics and how to teach it than is normal.

  • Western economics
  • Neoclassical economics
  • Neoliberalism
  • Business
  • Inequality
  • Universities
  • Courses Teaching
  • Cubans

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)