2017 AGM Wed 29th March

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Wednesday 29th March 17:00, MR317 Macrobert building.

The time of the year has come with the chance for all members of APEG to become more involved in events and activities by joining the APEG Committee. Being part of the committee gives you the chance to get an insight view of the society and makes it possible to get your ideas heard and actively shape the future of APEG.
The elections for positions will be held during our AGM on Wednesday 29th March 2017.

The AGM is an event used for both electing new committee positions, as well as reflecting on the progress of the society in the last year and updating the members on our events in the future.

The positions that will be open for election are:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • PR & Media Officer
  • Group Relations Officer

To be able to be elected for one of the positions mentioned above simply send us an email or a message on Facebook. In the message mention which position you would like to hold and why.

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Refreshments will be provided

Movie Screening – Four Horsemen

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Tuesday 7th March at 6pm till 8pm in NK03 New Kings.

We would like to invite you for another night together with us watching a movie. This time we take a look at “Four Horsemen”, which tries to explain how the world really works with the help of professionals from different areas of expertise.

The modern day Four Horsemen continue to ride over the people who can least afford it. Crises are converging when governments, religion, and mainstream economists have stalled. 23 international thinkers come together and break their silence about how the world really works and why there is still hope in re-establishing a moral and just society.

Four Horsemen is free from mainstream media propaganda, doesn’t bash bankers, criticize politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. The film ignites the debate about how we usher a new economic paradigm into the world which, globally, would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.

We are looking forward seeing you all and have some interesting discussions after the movie!

Snacks and drinks are provided.

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The Econocracy – with Cahal Moran

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Tuesday 14th March at 5pm till 6:30pm in NK01, New Kings, University of Aberdeen.

The Aberdeen Political Economy Group (APEG) would like to invite you to an amazing opportunity. We are hosting a book presentation of “The Econocracy” together with Cahal Moran, one of the authors of the book.

Join us for a presentation of the book and a discussion about its main theses. The book was published earlier this year. It is a fervent defense of democracy in the face of economic disaster and a powerful plea for a more critical economics curriculum at our universities.

APEG is very excited to have Cahal here with us in person. We are hoping for an interesting evening with insightful discussions while also learning more about the flaws of the current economic system and furthermore being able to understand the complex issues of our economy a bit better.

The way in which the economy works has an influence on all of us in our everyday life. This became painfully clear to all of us surrounding the debate around Brexit and the outcome of the referendum to leave the EU. Right after our event the German Society and the PIR Society are hosting a panel discussion on the rise of the far right in Europe, you just have to walk a few steps and join them for an interesting discussion.

You know us, refreshments will be provided. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Movie Screening: Network

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Tuesday 28th February at 6pm till 8pm in NK03 New Kings.

“We’re in a lot of Trouble!”

Are you worried by fake news? Not sure who to turn to? Where to get news and information you can trust. We give you Howard Beale, he won’t give you the saccharine objective truth which won’t challenge or enlighten, but the raw insane gonzo gospel, an angry prophet denouncing the hypocrisies of our time!

A film from 1976 which is as relevant now as it has ever been, possibly even more so.

Come. Watch. Discuss.

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Movie Screening: Freakonomics

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Wednesday 15th February at 6pm till 8pm in NK03 New Kings.

We are happy to announce our second movie screening this semester. Freakonomics is a movie which tries to explain the field of economics and discovers that it studies more than simply economies or businesses, it can also help explore human behavior and how it reacts to incentives.

Economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner host an anthology of documentaries that examines how people react to opportunities to gain, wittingly or otherwise. The subjects include the possible role a person’s name has for their success in life, why there is so much cheating in an honor bound sport like sumo wrestling, what helped reduce crime in the USA in the 1990s onward and we follow a school experiment to see if cash prizes can encourage struggling students to improve academically.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.
We are looking forward seeing all of you and invite you to stay for interesting discussions after the movie.

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1st Reading Group – Marx

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Wednesday 8th February at 4pm till 6pm in NK11 New Kings.

Aberdeen Political Economy Group is proud to announce the start of a series of reading groups featuring different authors which are relevant to the fields of economics and politics. We will start off with an introductory reading group to Marx’s Capital Volume 1. Together we will strive to find out how Capital might still help us to understand economics today. We will try to get a grasp on Marx’s very special style of writing and his very particular approach to economics. This is is a group for everyone who is interested in finding out what Marx was getting at and in critically discussing his ideas. No prior knowledge is required and everyone is welcome.

The reading group will meet every two weeks on Wednesday afternoon from 4 – 5.30 pm, starting with our introductory session on February the 8th 2017. We will announce each session separately beforehand.

We will be using various resources during the group. First and foremost, of course, the famous Capital Volume 1 written by Karl Marx himself. We will use the penguin books version (with an introduction by Ernest Mandel), which can be found on Amazon

Furthermore, David Harvey has written a very helpful book, “A companion to Marx’s Capital”, which we will also use frequently during our sessions. It can also be bought on Amazon, or on Verso following this link:

Apart from that, David Harvey has a very insightful lecture series on the Capital which is available for free on Youtube

For our first session on Wednesday the 8th of February please read the introduction to Capital Volume 1 by Ernest Mandel and the introduction to Harvey’s “Companion to Marx’s Capital”. We look forward to interesting discussions and critical reflections! See you on the 8th of February!

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What is the source of value?

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We have the first session of our series on value theory this Wednesday

4pm, Wednesday October 19th in New Kings NK3 3pm.

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” This quote by Oscar Wilde could not describe more accurately how people use terms in everyday life without understanding their actual meaning.

Intuitively, you would probably say you know what value is, but could you explain it to someone? What is the source of value? And is there just one type of value? Come along to our event to learn and discuss the two major theories of value in economics.

Like in all our events, there will be a short presentation followed by an open discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

Please join our Facebook Event and say you are going, so we have a idea of numbers.



The Role of the State

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3pm, Friday October 7th in New Kings NK1

we would be very happy to see you at our next event:

What is the state and what are its responsibilities? Which role does it play in different economic systems? Could an economy function without it?

These and many more questions will be addressed at our event “The Role of the State”. We will start off with an introductory talk on different theories of the state and continue with a comparison of the different roles the state plays in selected economic systems. We are hoping that this input will then spark an interactive and interdisciplinary discussion among the speakers and the audience!

The event is going to last until approximately 4:30pm and will be directly followed by APEG’s EGM with free wine and cheese. Check out our Facebook page or previous emails for more info on the EGM!

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How Economic Thought Evolved

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Wednesday 21st September @ 16:00 to 17:30

NK10, New King’s Building, Old Aberdeen

A historical excursion through the European history of economic thought. What are the assumptions of different schools of economic thought and how have they changed? A short presentations followed by an open discussion, there will be refreshments provided.

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As part of our 2016 Programme on Political Economy, our second discussion, have a look at the whole discussion series.

2016 Progamme

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Come along to our free Wednesday events to learn and discuss about relevant topics at the nexus of politics, economics, and sociology. Everyone, regardless of their background and area of study, is welcome to join us and enrich the debate! For more information as well as times and locations, follow us online.

Or 2016 Programme will be happening at 4pm each Wednesday, the room will be decided each.


  • 14th Sep – What you already know about Political Economy but never realised
  • 21st Sep – How economic thought evolved
  • 7th Oct – The Role of the State- Followed by EGM



  • 24th Nov – Collaboration With Debater on Basic Income
  • TBA – Christmas Meal