Kansas City, Mo. – If you've been paying careful attention to the financial crisis in the past few years, or the more recent news of financial reform proposals, you've probably come across the unconventional views of economist and law professor Bill Black. He's recently testified before Congress four times, and he's appeared on Bill Moyer's Journal and in Michael Moore's film Capitalism: A Love Story. He's also been heard as an expert commentator on NPR News and This American Life.
Black represents an economic point of view that's rarely heard in main stream public discourse: heterodox economics. But at the UMKC department of economics where he teaches, Bill Black is just one of many voices that challenge the dominant orthodox view of the economy. Alex Smith recently spoke to several UMKC professors to find out how this unique field developed.