Who would you sooner have running your economy?

George Osborne

Degree in Modern History, failed to gain a place on Times trainee journalist scheme, freelanced of Daily Telegraph, joined Conservative Central Office.

Yanis Varoufakis

In 1978, Varoufakis enrolled at the University of Essex. He chose to study economics believing it was the lingua franca of political discourse, despite initial interest in physics. However, during his time at University of Essex, Varoufakis felt that economics was only interested in assembling simplistic mathematical models and that the mathematics used were of low competency, consequently believing that the economic thinking derived from it was equally atrocious.

In 1982, Varoufakis decided to pursue a MSc in mathematical statistics at the University of Birmingham and a PhD in economics (Essex)

After training in mathematics and statistics, he received his PhD in economics in 1987 at theUniversity of Essex.

University of Essex & University of East Anglia

Before that he had already begun teaching economics and econometrics at the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia. In 1988, he spent a year as a Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

University of Sydney

From 1989 until 2000 he taught as senior lecturer in economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Sydney.

University of Athens

In 2000, he accepted the offer of Yannis Stournaras to become Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens. In 2002, Varoufakis established The University of Athens Doctoral Program in Economics (UADPhilEcon), which he directed until 2008.

Valve Corporation

In October 2011, after receiving an email from Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve Software, Varoufakis visited Valve’s headquarters in Seattle. Valve had issues in scaling up their virtual economies and as they linked multiple economies together and requested for Varoufakis for consultation.

Beginning in March 2012, Varoufakis became Economist-in-Residence at Valve Corporation. He researched the virtual economy on the Steam digital delivery platform, specifically looking at exchange rates and trade deficits. In June 2012, he began a blog about his research at Valve. In February 2013 his function at Valve was to work on a game for predicting trends in gaming.

University of Texas, Austin

From January 2013 he taught at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

In 2013, he was appointed the Athens desk editor of the online magazine WDW Review,[17] in which he contributed until January 2015.

The IUC of Turin, Italy

On 22 January 2015, the International University College of Turin awarded to Varoufakis a Honorary Professorship in Comparative Law Economics and Finance for his extraordinary theoretical contribution to the understanding of the global economic crisis.


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