"It is astonishing what foolish things one can temporarily believe if one thinks too long alone, particularly in economics". John Maynard Keynes (1936, The General Theory).

Sunday, 30 December 2012

The dissertation, at last!

You may download my dissertation in 3 files, from this link http://www.academia.edu/2341923/Exchange_networks_and_parallel_currencies_Theoretical_approaches_and_the_case_of_Greece or http://www.scribd.com/Irene_Sotiropoulou This link is temporary, as the University Library will upload the file the following weeks. Till then, you may copy this link on your browser or click on the link at the left column of the blog.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Today, i have had my viva exam, and, miraculously, I passed the exam! Indeed, i could not believe that this happened at last, exactly because i had problems till the last moment, actually problems which were beyond my reach to resolve. THat way this part of my research is over and the entire dissertation will be available online in a few days, in english and in greek, at last! To write my thanks at this post for all those people who helped me, is not comparable to the generous support i received all those years. You will read the acknowledgements in the dissertation anyway, therefore I am not bothering you now about that. I would like you only to know that the material collected for the dissertation has not been used in its entirety, because it was huge, but i will have the chance to study again and thoroughly the knowledge which all those people generously offered me and i hope that i will return it again to where it belongs. In this blog, there will be published my dissertation (or a link to it) and any texts emerged from this research project. For other research projects and publications, you may temporarily visit my research facebook account (in Greek only, but many posts might be accessible in english or in other languages), because this account will remain active, as i will be working on this field in the future too: Ανταλλαγές Παράλληλα Νομίσματα Later, there will be other blogs or posts on websites concerning new publications and projects.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

What do women do without official currency?

This is a working paper where i tried to figure out the role of women in the economic activity without official currency. Therefore, i tried to work with the data i had collected during my PhD research and see how those become meaningful in terms of the position and the involvement of women. This work has not been concluded yet, but the first results are amazing. To download the entire working paper, copy the following link onto your browser http://economics.soc.uoc.gr/wpa/wpa_show_paper.php?handle=1207 or open the link at the left column of the blog.

Marketing a vintage carpet in a free bazaar and other stories on/off value

Here it is! One of the papers i have prepared in spring concerning issues that i would like to work on after my dissertation is over. This paper refers to issues of value. Far from being able to write on value in a satisfactory way, i cannot resist the challenges my research has created so far concerning our perceptions of value and our valuing processes. Therefore, i used some case studies from my project just to raise the questions. The paper has been submitted for review to the IIPPE Conference and the reviewers have really helped me a lot by sending my detailed comments. The comments have not been integrated into the article yet, so please consider this as a working paper. To download the entire paper copy the link below on your browser http://economics.soc.uoc.gr/wpa/wpa_show_paper.php?handle=1206 or click on it at the left column of the blog.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Change of supervisor

The supervision of this research project has been taken over by Professor Basileios Kardasis (Dept. of Economics, University of Crete), in substitution of Prof. George Stathakis.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

The paper on * hypothesis at the IJCCR

After several corrections and improvements, my article on the * hypothesis has been published on the special issue of the International Journal of Community Currency Research, for the 30 years of community and complementary currencies. Given that you will download the entire issue, it is worth reading too the other articles, which are really very interesting and educative. Copy the link on your browser http://ijccr.net/2012/07/09/2012-special-issue-thirty-years-of-community-and-complementary-currencies/ or just click on the same link at the left column of the blog.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Bernard Lietaer's lecture on collective psychology of money

Bernard Lietaer gives an online lecture on the collective psychology and how this is affected/(re)created by our monetary systems. For the moment, the lecture is in Spanish only... http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/910168-bernard-lietaer-la-psicolog%C3%ADa-colectiva-del-dinero-y-nuevos-dise%C3%B1os (Copy and paste the link on your browser or click on the same link at the left column of the blog)

Saturday, 9 June 2012

An entire Reportage without Frontiers has been dedicated to solidarity initiatives in Greece, focusing on parallel currencies, exchange networks and free bazaars. You may watch the broadcast by copying the link on your browser http://www.rwf.gr/192713/%CE%B5%CE%BA%CF%80%CE%BF%CE%BC%CF%80%CE%AD%CF%82/%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%BB%CE%AC%CE%B4%CE%B1/%CE%B1%CE%BB%CE%BB%CE%B7%CE%BB%CE%B5%CE%B3%CE%B3%CF%8D%CE%B7-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%AF%CE%B4%CE%BF%CF%84%CE%BF-%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B7-%CF%86%CF%84%CF%8E%CF%87%CE%B5%CE%B9%CE%B1/ or by clicking on the link at the left column of the blog!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Random thoughts about an economy

This is a short article written in May 2011 and based on some of my research notes. It has been published last Saturday at Radiobubble'σ website (www.radiobubble.gr).

The text is for the moment in Greek and it will be uploaded in English too, shortly.

You may copy this link on your browser

or click on it at the left column of the blog!

The terms and their economies

This paper has already been pre-published as it has been presented at the 8th Conference on Terminology organised by ELETO in Athens. Now, you may download the entire article from this link


either by copying the link on your browser or by clicking on the link at the left column of the blog.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Transactions without euros in times of crisis: Coincidence, affinity or challenge?

This is the paper I have presented on November 10th 2011 at the Conference organised by the School of Management & Economics at Messolonghi. You may access the paper at this link
or click on the link at the left column of this blog.

or you may download the paper in English or in Greek, from this page
or click on the link at the left column of this blog.

At that same page of the conference papers, you will find very interesting works if you click on the link "Articles" at the top of the page. More papers will be uploaded shortly!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Short Stories of Dependency 2.0

By the occasion of the World Economics Association online conference, I prepared a new version of the Short Stories of Dependency. As you may see, I have not resolved the ethical issues I am facing in my research and in the meantime new issues have been raised.

You may find the new version of the paper at this link
http://economics.soc.uoc.gr/html/static_content/econ_phd/GR/Sotiropoulou/shortstoriesofdependency_Feb12_FULL%20VERSION.pdf (copy the link on your browser or click on it at the left column of the blog)

and you can participate at the WEA conference (conference participation is free), read the conference papers and make your comments at this link
http://weaethicsconference.wordpress.com/ (copy the link on your browser or click on it at the left column of the blog)