Meet the Authors

William Mitchell

William Mitchell (PhD) is a Professor of Economics at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia and inaugural Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), an official research centre at the University. He has held that position since the centre's inception in 1998. He is the co-founder of CofFEE-Europe, a sister centre at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, where has been a visiting professor since 1992.

He has published widely in refereed academic journals and books in the areas of macroeconomics, labour economics and spatial econometrics and regional analysis. He has received regular research grant support from national competitive grants schemes operated through the highly competitive Australian Research Council. He also has extensive experience as a consultant to the Australian government, trade unions and community organisations, and several international organisations (including the European Commission; the International Labour Organisation and the Asian Development Bank).

His latest book – European Dystopia – Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale – was published by Edward Elgar (UK) in May 2015. The Spanish translation will be published in May 2016 and a Finnish translation in November 2016.

He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, the Economic and Labour Relations Review, and the Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

He writes a daily economics blog covering international and national issues, which enjoys a high profile. It was ranked 43rd among the top 200 Top 200 Influential Economics Blogs in the World in 2013, when the index was last compiled.

L. Randall Wray

L. Randall Wray is Levy Economics Institute Senior Scholar and a professor of economics at Bard College. His current research focuses on providing a critique of orthodox monetary theory and policy, and the development of an alternative approach. Wray is the author of Money and Credit in Capitalist Economies, 1990; Understanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability, 1998; and Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems, 2012 (2nd rev. ed., 2015).

He is also co-editor of, and a contributor to, Money, Financial Instability, and Stabilization Policy, 2006, and Keynes for the 21st Century: The Continuing Relevance of The General Theory, 2008. He is the Co-editor Journal of Post Keynesian Economics and his most recent book is New Book: Why Minsky Matters: An Introduction to the work of a maverick economist, Princeton University Press. Wray taught at the University of Missouri–Kansas City from 1999 to 2016 and at the University of Denver from 1987 to 1999, and has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Paris, Bergamo, Bologna, and Rome (La Sapienza).

He holds a BA from the University of the Pacific and an MA and a Ph.D. from Washington University, where he was a student of Hyman Minsky.

Martin Watts

Martin Watts is Research Associate of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) and Professor of Economics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has had a long term interest in contemporary macroeconomic theory and policy, and the development of Modern Monetary Theory, as an alternative perspective In recent years has published in a number of heterodox economics journals, including the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Economic Issues, Journal of Australian Political Economy and The Economic and Labour Relations Review. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics and Gender, Work and Inequality.

His other areas of research include the conceptualisation and measurement of segregation and spatial interaction models of commuting behaviour. Watts taught at Monash University (1975-1990) and commenced employment at Newcastle University in 1991.

He holds a B.A. from Essex University, an M.A. from Manchester University and a PhD from the University of British Columbia.

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