Hans G. Ehrbar's Home Page
Hans G. Ehrbar
Economics Department, University of Utah
1645 Campus Center Dr., Rm 308
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9300, USA
Tel: +1 801 581 7797
Economics office: +1 801 581 7481
Fax: +1 801 585 5649
Email regarding classes:
The Economics of a Sick Society
Please read and respond to
Hans's Statement about the War.
Hans's main web publications:
Hans's teaching schedule:
Spring Semester 2009
- Econ 5260
and Econ 6260
- Catalog description: The class takes a critical look at energy policies in
order to find out why renewable energies have not yet take off in the
USA, despite urgent need for them. It considers both sides in the
debate between renewable portfolio standards and feed-in tariffs, and
between carbon trading and carbon taxes. All forms of renewable energy
will be discussed one by one, with special consideration of their
availability in Utah: cost, environmental impact, other
considerations, and policies appropriate with respect to that type of
- Additional Detail: Energy policy will be discussed in relation to global warming,
therefore we will begin with the broad view: how big is the problem of global warming,
what are the contributions of the different policies to the problem
and/or its solution. We will take a critical look at cost-benefit
analysis. We will look at the details of the Western Climate
Initiative, and things like net metering. This class is anchored in
current issues and probes the theoretical background necessary to
solve these issues. Since this is a huge subject, a selective
approach must be taken: Hans tries to indicate what is necessary to take a scientific approach.
Summer Semester 2009
- Econ 3960
- Communicating the Climate Emergency. Class Participants will make home visitsb to ordinary citizens in the area and
engage in friendly conversations about climate change. Class meets Mondays 6-9 pm. More details soon.
Fall Semester 2009
- Econ 5080
and Econ 6080
- This 3-credit class consists of a
close reading of Marx's Capital.
It fully utilizes e-mail and the world wide web.
A lecture will be given one hour a week
on the main University campus.
The day section 001 meets Friday 10:45-11:35 am in OSH 107,
and the evening section 002 Tuesday 6-6:50 pm in in OSH 113.
But for those class participants who are caught up with their
internet assignments these lectures are optional.
Class participants communicate with the instructor and each other
mainly per e-mail.
Class participants must come to campus only for the third class session
(these are the dates for 2008, 2009 dates are similar:
evening class Tuesday Sep 9, day class Friday Sep. 12, 2008),
and for the two in-class exams.
The exam dates are September 30 and November 25 for the evening section,
and October 3 and November 21 for the day section.
The Class Materials
include a detailed commentary to Marx's Capital
and transcripts of the email discussions of previous classes.
This class is no longer registered as a telecourse,
but as a technology-enchanced course.
This means, you can enroll for this class as for any other class,
it is not necessary to go through
and you do not have to pay the extra fee for
Fall Semester 2010
Hans is teaching two sections of Econ 5080/6080, see the class home page.
Here is some of Hans's research, published or unpublished:
- Revised Geometry of Mean-Variance Efficient Portfolios
- 1993, published in Metroeconomica
- Relative Prices in the Classical Theory: Facts and Figures
- 1996, together with Christian Bidard
- Marxism and Critical Realism
- 1998, Seminar Presentation at University of Utah
- Graph Notation for Arrays
- 2000, presented at the Array Programming Languages Conference in Berlin, July 24-27, 2000.
- Irrealist Lines of Defense in Econometrics
- 2000, presented at the International Association for Critical Realism Conference
in Lancaster, August 18-20, 2000.
- Critical Realist Arguments in Marx's Capital
- a chapter in the book Critical Realism and Marxism, Routledge 2001.
- Capitalism Today and the Labor Theory of Value
- presented at the Delta Marsh Conference of the University of Manitoba,
November 17, 2001, and at the ERC-METU
international conference in Economics on September 14, 2002.
Theory of Socialism and Socialist Elements under Capitalism
- University of Utah
- Advanced Technology Systems Group for obtaining an email account etc.
Technology-Assisted Curriculum Center.
- The Marxists Internet Archive
- Karl Marx's "Zur Kritik der Politischen Oekonomie"
in German is available here as a pdf-file,
postscript-file for letter paper printed side-by-side,
(i.e., an ascii file which can be submitted to the free typesetting
- The International Association for Critical Realism,
Bhaskar mailing list about critical realism
Web Site for Critical Realism.
Critical realist approaches to Marx have also been discussed in
the OPE-L mailing list,
official archives at
On September 23 and 24 2004 there will be a conference about Critical Realism
in the Social Sciences at the Sociology Department of
in Kingston, Ontario (but apparently there is no web site for this conference yet).
The Journal of Critical Realism
has now an open archive for all articles through 2003, before they moved to Brill.
- The Archive for the History of Economic Thought
- AKAMAC page in Japan with resources important for Marxists.
- Marxistische Gruppe/Gegenstandpunkt's critique of Capitalist Democracy
- The Spoon Collective
- Post-Autistic Economics Network
- Hans's daughter
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