Barbara Schaller

Towards a heterodox economic theory of poverty production – An analysis of evolutionary institutionalist and post-Keynesian thought

Supervisors: Ronen Palan, Peter Burnham

My thesis examines the contribution of three major figures in heterodox economic thought, Thorstein B. Veblen, Joan V. Robinson and Michal Kalecki, to the identification of what Else Øyen describes as “poverty producing processes”. I show that the three authors have put considerable effort into the investigation of poverty-related issues. They have identified four key processes that contribute to poverty production: mark-up pricing, industrial sabotage, conspicuous consumption and hegemonic policy-making. The thesis asks whether these four processes amount to a distinct heterodox economic theory of poverty production.



I graduated in social economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Before starting my PhD-studies at POLSIS I worked as a research assistent at the Institute for Regional Development and Environment, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (2007-2009) and at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (2005-2006).


  • MA in Social Economics (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration)

Research interests

  • Political economy
  • History of economic thought
  • Poverty

Professional memberships

  • European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE)
  • Post-Keynesian Economics Study Group (PKSG)

Teaching responsibilities

Academic year 2010/11:

  • POLS107 Introduction to Political Economy
  • SD1D Research Skills and Literacy – Philosophy and Method in the Social Sciences

Conference papers

November 2011: Annual Conference of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy, Techgate Vienna; Title of the presentation: „Towards a heterodox economic theory of poverty production – an analysis of evolutionary economic and post-Keynesian thought“


Novy, Andreas / Habersack, Sarah / Schaller, Barbara: Innovative Forms of Knowledge Production: Transdisciplinarity and Knowledge Alliances, in: Moulaert, Frank et al. (Hg.): Handbook on Social Innovation, Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2012

Novy, Andreas / Beinstein, Barbara: Transdisciplinarity and Social Innovation Research, SRE discussion paper, 2009/01

Leubolt, Bernhard / Novy, Andreas / Beinstein, Barbara: Governance and Democracy, KATARSIS Survey Paper, CRISES, Collection Études théoriques, No. ET0908, 2009

Novy, Andreas / Beinstein, Barbara / Voßemer, Christiane: Methodologie transdisziplinärer Entwicklungsforschung, Aktion & Reflexion, Heft 2, 2008

Beinstein, Barbara: Review of „Eine vorrangige Option für die Armen im 21. Jahrhundert?, by Magdalena Holztrattner (ed.), in: Journal für Entwicklungspolitik 23 (1), 2007, p. 147-149

Beinstein, Barbara et al.: Vertrauen in Institutionen als Voraussetzung für Wirtschaftsentwicklung? Eine Analyse am Beispiel ausgewählter Staaten Südosteuropas, in: SWS Rundschau 46 (1), 2006, p. 7-33