This is interesting

Via you know who, a letter to The Guardian.

Calling for a Robin Hood Tax to tax banks.

There then follows the list of signatories….very useful information really. For it\’s a list of those who haven\’t managed, however eminent they are, to grasp the concept of tax incidence. Thus a list of those we can safely ignore on matters economic:

Stephany Griffith-Jones, Financial Markets Director, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University

Prem Sikka, Professor of Accounting, Centre for Global Accounting, Essex Business School

Dr Jan Toporowski, Department of Economics, SOAS

Ronald L. Martin, Professor of Economic Geography, Cambridge-MIT Institute Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Ian Gough, Professorial Research Fellow, LSE and Emeritus Professorof Social Policy, University of Bath

Richard J. Smith, Professor of Econometric Theory and EconomicStatistics, University of Cambridge

Barbara Harriss-White, Professor of Development Economics, Oxford University

Sheila Dow, Professor Emeritus in Economics, University of Stirling

Geoffrey Hodgson, Research Professor, University of Hertfordshire

Stuart Holland, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Economics, University ofCoimbra

John Weeks, Professor Emeritus, University of London

Dr Alberto Paloni, Head of Economics Department, University of Glasgow

Sushama Murty, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Warwick

Richard Murphy, Director, Tax Research UK

Simon Mohun, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London

Dennis Leech, Professor of Economics, University of Warwick

Dr Jamie Gough, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield University

Grazia Letto-Gillies, Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics, Director, Centre for International Business Studies, London South Bank University

Tony Thirlwall, Professor of Applied Economics, Keynes College, University of Kent

Dr Pritam Singh, Senior Lecturer of Economics, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Nitasha Kaul, Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Democracy and formerly Lecturer in Economics

Philip J Whyman, Professor of Economics, University of Lancashire

Roberto Veneziani, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Colin Richardson, Internet Economics Consultant, Imperial College London

Howard Reed, Director, Landman Economics

Judith Metha, Research Co-ordinator, ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

Stephen Spratt, Head, Sustainable Markets Group, IIED

Dr Roberto Simonetti, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Open University

Alan Freeman, Association for Heterodox Economics

Christophe Edwards, Senior Fellow, University of East Anglia

Dr Jerome De Henau, Lecturer in Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University

John Christensen, Director and Economist, Tax Justice Network International Secretariat, London

Michael Burke, Economic Consultant

Dr Jonathan Aldred, Newton Trust Lecturer

Quite what Ritchie and Prem Sikka think they\’re doing on a list that starts \”as economists we…..\” I\’m not sure.

8 thoughts on “This is interesting”

  1. On what basis exactly can he call himself an economist?

    As I understand it, he did a bit of economics in his undergrad degree, but didnt major in it. Nearly 30 years ago.

    I would have thought that to call yourself an economist you either need 1) to be working in a bona fide economist post in academia, industry or government and/or 2) have at least a masters degree in economics.

    Does the great man qualify on either front? Or is it just bluff?

  2. I’m just relieved he’s increasingly identifying himself as an economist rather than a chartered accountant.

    As for the list of signatories, it’s the usual rent-a-nob mob. An analysis of who’s in/who’s out of these letters might be mildly diverting if I could ever be bothered.

  3. >Alan Freeman, Association for Heterodox Economics

    I thought he was dead; and I thought he was a disk jockey. And if it’s the same bloke, that should be ‘Homodox Economics.’

  4. So Dickie impersonates an economist after years of impersonating an accountant. That is all right, as long as the only damage he causes is the waste of a few megabites of Internet capacity.

    Just don’t let him hang out unsupervised anywhere near your local hospital. He seems to be the kind of guy who could easily believe he is a surgeon after watching a few re-runs of ER.

  5. I wouldn’t want to say that we can only call people economists if they have an official degree. No, Richard Murphy is not an economist because he doesn’t understand economics. (Or anything else.)

    Doesn’t he boast that he didn’t pay attention to/didn’t go to his economics classes? It shows.

  6. All I can say is that there are relatively few names from the economics departments of top universities on there – especially when you consider that many universities like to have a good range of political backgrounds amongst their economics staff, so a few nutters are always going to sneak in. For instance, our monetary economics at St Andrews were taught by a reputed former communist.

  7. “…help reduce the UK’s unprecedented deficit, protect the poorest and fight climate change.”

    Good grief-is everything claimed to be about “fighting” climate change? Or is that just a now-required phrase for all occasions?

  8. While the title (at the guardian) is “robin hood tax call”, the letter itself doesn’t mention what form the tax should take.

    Is it not possible that these eminent professors are calling for a banking levy rather than a transaction tax?

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