Lecture: Ha-Joon Chang, What Can Economics Learn From Science Fiction?

Goldsmiths has launched the interdisciplinary  Political Economy Research Centre. In the first public lecture for PERC, Professor Ha-Joon Chang asks, “What Can Economics Learn From Science Fiction?” Topics Chang touches on include neoclassical economics as science fiction, the political construction of markets, alternate history and the US Civil War, Orwell and dystopian technological progress, Vonnegut and post-scarcity, child labour, cultural and historical materialism, and the invention of industrial time. In fact, Chang suggests how both fields can learn from each other. The lecture is available as a podcast.


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