UMKC Economics Hosts International Conference

The First International Conference on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), “Economics for a New Progressive Era,” will be hosted by the UMKC Department of Economics, Sept. 21 – 24, on the UMKC campus.

Modern Monetary Theory is a macroeconomic theory that describes and analyses modern economies in which the national currency is created by the government, and has transformed the economics discipline; UMKC’s economic department is one of the leading global proponents of the theoryIts influence extends beyond economics, reaching deep into the fields of law, history, finance, banking, public policy and philosophy. This conference brings together the world’s leading MMT practitioners, and will explore the cutting edge of modern economic thinking.

Scott Fullwiler, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics at UMKC, is a member of the organizing committee.

An opening dinner, including live Kansas City Jazz, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21 at Grünauer, 101 W. 22nd St., Kansas City, Mo. Opening remarks will be given at the dinner by Warren Mosler , a leading voice in the field of Modern Monetary Theory and author of Soft Currency Economics and The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy.

Conference sessions will begin at 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 22 and will be located in various rooms of the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. The conference will end Sunday, Sept. 24 with a tour of Kansas City after Mosler keynotes the luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Please check the online schedule for topics, speakers and locations.

Conference speakers include: James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. chair in Government/Business Relations and professorship of government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin; Stephanie Kelton, Ph.D., professor of Economics at the Stonybrook University and former member of the UMKC faculty; Jan Kregel, director of Research at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College; Bill Mitchell, chair in Economics and director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), an official research center at the University of Newcastle; Warren Mosler, a leading voice in the field of Modern Monetary Theory and author of Soft Currency Economics and The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy; Brett Scott, entrepreneur, activist, scholar and writer who has extensive experience in the worlds of alternative finance and social movements; Lord Robert Skidelsky, emeritus professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick, director of the Moscow School of Political Studies and author of the 3-volume biography of John Maynard Keyes; and L. Randall Wray, professor of economics at Bard College, also a former member of the UMKC faculty. 

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