The movement for Post-Autistic Economics (PAE) was born through the work of University of Paris 1 economist Bernard Guerrien. The movement is best seen as a forum of different groups critical of the current mainstream: behavioral economics, heterodox economics, feminist economics, green economics, and econo-physics. Started in 2000 by a group of disaffected French economics students, Post-Autistic Economics first reached a wider audience in June 2000 after an interview in Le Monde.
It was supported by the Cambridge Ph.D. students in 2001 with the publication of "Opening Up Economics: A Proposal By Cambridge Students", later signed by 797 economists.
The term autistic is used in an informal way, signifying "abnormal subjectivity, acceptance of fantasy rather than reality". It has been criticized for using the medical diagnosis, autism, as a derogatory expression.
The ancient Greeks use to sit in their chambers and declare logical
theory about nature, but they didn't go out into nature to see if the
theories were correct and many time they were incorrect.
The real-world economics review is a journal of heterodox economics, published by the post-autistic economics network since 2000, and formerly known as the post-autistic economics review. It is distributed by email at no cost, and previous issues are posted on the website.
The journal is part of the post-autistic economics (PAE) movement, and, as such, heavily criticizes neoclassical economics.