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World student movement could become major player in the struggle to bring pluralism and freedom of inquiry to economics

from Edward Fullbrook

An emergent worldwide grassroots movement of economics students, the International Student Initiative, has the potential of becoming a major force that could work alongside the academics’ World Economics Association (now 13,000 strong) to break the neoclassical stranglehold on economics and to bring the real world back into the classroom.  Launched in May, the ISI already boasts 65 associations of economics students from 30 countries, 5 continents and representing 13 languages groups.  For the most part they are based in individual universities.  Together they constitute a coordinated grassroots base that has the potential of serving as the launch pad for a massive worldwide student rebellion in the coming academic year, one that would see 100s more of these associations formed, each focused on reforming the economics curriculum of their university.

The formation of these student associations can be greatly facilitated by encouragement and moral support from faculty members.  If you would like to help please go to http://www.isipe.net/supportus/

Below is the ISI‘s manifesto, a partial list of the student organizations, a partial linked list of their websites, and a linked list (67) of media coverage.  Here to begin with is a world map showing ISI associations to date:   https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zvX9yagJNn6Q.kvsKlktWlGeg

The ISI states its objectives as follows.

It is not only the world economy that is in crisis. The teaching of economics is in crisis too, and this crisis has consequences far beyond the university walls. What is taught shapes the minds of the next generation of policymakers, and therefore shapes the societies we live in. We, over 65 associations of economics students from over 30 different countries, believe it is time to reconsider the way economics is taught. We are dissatisfied with the dramatic narrowing of the curriculum that has taken place over the last couple of decades. This lack of intellectual diversity does not only restrain education and research. It limits our ability to contend with the multidimensional challenges of the 21st century – from financial stability, to food security and climate change. The real world should be brought back into the classroom, as well as debate and a pluralism of theories and methods. Such change will help renew the discipline and ultimately create a space in which solutions to society’s problems can be generated. 

United across borders, we call for a change of course. We do not claim to have the perfect answer, but we have no doubt that economics students will profit from exposure to different perspectives and ideas. Pluralism will not only help to enrich teaching and research and reinvigorate the discipline. More than this, pluralism carries the promise of bringing economics back into the service of society. Three forms of pluralism must be at the core of curricula: theoretical, methodological and interdisciplinary.

Here is a partial  list of the student associations

  • Mouvement étudiant québécois pour un enseignement pluraliste de l’économie, Canada
  • Estudios Nueva Economía, Chile
  • Grupo de estudiantes y egresados de la Facultad de Economía y Negocios de la Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Det Samfundsøkonomiske Selskab (DSS), Denmark
  • Post-Crash Economics Society Essex, England
  • Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism, England
  • Better Economics UCLU, England
  • Post-Crash Economics Society Manchester, England
  • SOAS Open Economics Forum, England
  • Alternative Thinking for Economics Society, Sheffield University, England
  • LSE Post-Crash Economics England
  • Pour un Enseignement Pluraliste de l’Economie dans le Supérieur (PEPS-Economie), France
  • Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik (Network for Pluralist Economics), Germany
  • Oikos Köln, Germany
  • Real World Economics, Mainz, Germany
  • Kritische WissenschaftlerInnen Berlin, Germany
  • Arbeitskreis Plurale Ökonomik, München, Germany
  • Oikos Leipzig, Germany
  • Was ist Ökonomie, Berlin, Germany
  • Impuls. für eine neue Wirtschaft, Erfurt, Germany
  • Ecoation, Augsburg, Germany
  • Kritische Ökonomen, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Arbeitskreis Plurale Ökonomik, Hamburg, Germany
  • Real World Economics, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Stundent HUB Weltethos Institut Tübingen, Germany
  • LIE – Lost in Economics e.V., Regensburg, Germany
  • Javadhpur University Heterodox Economics Association, India
  • Economics Student Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Economics Student Forum – Haifa (Rethinking Economics), Israel
  • Rethinking Economics Italia, Italy
  • Grupo de Estudiantes por la Enseñanza Plural de la Economía, UNAM, Mexico
  • Oeconomicus Economic Club MGIMO, Russia
  • Glasgow University Real World Economics Society, Scotland
  • Movement for Pluralistic Economics, Slovenia
  • Post-Crash Barcelona, Spain
  • Asociación de Estudiantes de Económicas de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Estudantes de Económicas e Empresariais, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Lunds Kritiska Ekonomer, Sweden
  • Handels Students for Sustainability, Sweden
  • PEPS-Helvetia, Switzerland
  • Rethinking Economics, UK
  • Rethinking Economics New York, United States
  • Sociedad de Economia Critica, Argentina and Uruguay


Here a partial list of student association websites.

Better Economics UCLU, London http://bettereconomicsuclu.tumblr.com/

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom www.cambridgepluralism.org

DSSAarhus.dkwww.facebook.com/DSSAarhus Det Samfundsøkonomiske Selskab (DSS)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Economiacriticaext/ Economía Crítica Extremadura

http://rethinkeconhaifa.wordpress.com/  https://www.facebook.com/RethinkeconIsrael Economics Student Forum, Haifa, Israel (with Rethinking Economics)

http://www.etres.tk/ Estudantes de Económicas e Empresariais, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Estudios Nueva Economía http://www.estudiosnuevaeconomia.cl contacto@estudiosnuevaeconomia.cl

Was ist Ökonomie?   Kritische Wissenschafterlnnen Berlin & Potsdam     http://www.wasistoekonomie.de/ https://www.facebook.com/wasistoekonomie   Contact: http://www.kritische-wirtschaftswissenschaften.de/start.htm

http://gibanjezaekonomskopluralnost.weebly.com Gibanje za ekonomsko pluralnost, Ljubljana

https://www.facebook.com/GURWES/info    Follow our blog: http://gurwes.wordpress.com/        Read about us in the WEA: http://www.worldeconomicsassociation.org/newsletterarticles/gurwes  Contact: gurealworldeconomicssociety@gmail.com  Glasgow University Real World Economics Society (GURWES)

facebook.com/KritiskaEkonomer  Lunds Kristiska Ekonomer

info@economiepluraliste.asso.st  http://economiepluraliste.asso.st/                       https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mouvement-%C3%A9tudiant-qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois-pour-un-enseignement-pluraliste-de-l%C3%A9conomie/694643217249167?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite  Mouvement étudiants québécois pour un enseignement pluraliste de l’économie

post-crasheconomics.com  Post-Crash Economics Society, Manchester

rethinkecon.it  Rethinking Economics Italia at LUISS

http://www.rethinkecon.co.uk/#!newyorkconference/c1lmt  Rethinking Economics New York

http://www.rethinkecon.co.uk/ or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rethinkecon  Rethinking Economics UK

facebook.com/groups/186138144923586/  SOAS Open Economics Forum, London

https://www.facebook.com/HandelsStudentsForSustainability  Handels Students for Sustainability, School of Economics, Business and Law, University of Gothenburg

ppesociety.org.au  PPE Society, La Trobe University

oikos-international.org  oikos International

https://www.facebook.com/iproeco  Initiavite Pro Economics (Iniciativa Pro Económicas),  National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, León.

Assemblée Générale des Etudiants de Louvain (AGL) Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) www.aglouvain.be

Bureau des Etudiants en ESPO (BDE ESPO)  Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) | www.facebook.com/BDE.ESPO

Roter Börsenkrach   Group of economics students at the Unviversity of Vienna (http://www.univie.ac.at/strv-vwl).

https://www.facebook.com/ECOPSoc  Sydney University Political Economy Society


The ISI has been very successful at attracting attention in the media.  Below is a list of media coverage links.  



2014/05/13 – The Age – The Problem with the way we educate Economists 



2014/05/06 – Die Presse – VWL-Studenten fordern Neuausrichtung ihres Fachs

2014/05/06 – Vorarlberger Nachrichten – Wirtschaftsstudenten fordern Neuausrichtung

2014/05/05 – Die Presse – Studenten der Ökonomie in der Krise

2014/05/05 – DiePresse.com – Studenten fordern neue Wirtschaftslehre

2014/05/05 – Tiroler Tageszeitung – Wirtschaftsstudenten fordern Neuausrichtung ihres Fachs

2014/05/05 – Studium.at – Wirtschaftsstudenten aus 19 Ländern fordern Neuausrichtung ihres Fachs

2014/05/05 – ORF.at – Wirtschaftsstudium: Aufruf zu Neuausrichtung

2014/05/05 – Der Standard – Manifest gegen die Krise der Ökonomie

2014/05/05 – Der Standard – Wirtschaftsstudenten fordern Neuausrichtung ihres Fachs

2014/05/05 – Kurier – Studenten protestieren gegen ökonomische Lehre

2014/05/05 – APA-OTS – Manifest gegen die Krise der Ökonomie

2014/05/05 – ORF.at – Neuausrichtung des Fachs gefordert



2014/05/05 – News.bg – Студенти въстанаха срещу начина на преподаване на икономика по света


CANADA2014/05/10 – Le Devoir – Faire l’économie d’une réforme (à la une du cahier Économie)

2014/05/10 – Le Devoir – Nos yeux (éditorial économique de la fin de semaine)

2014/05/07 – Radio Centre-ville 102,3 FM – Émission Planète Montréal (à 42m20s)

2014/05/07 – Réseau de l’information (RDI) – Émission RDI Économie (à 7:00)

2014/05/06 – ICI Radio-Canada – Émission C’est pas trop tôt! (à 7h51)

2014/05/05 – IRIS – Qu’est-ce qui cloche avec la science économique?

2014/05/05 – Le Devoir – Il faut renouveler l’enseignement de l’économie.

2014/05/05 – Radio-Canada – L’heure du monde (radio show at 30min.)



2014/05/05 – Phoenix New Media – 19国经济系学生:高校狭隘自由市场理论教育损害了世界

2014/05/05 – South China Morning Post – 经济学科与现实社会脱节 19国经济系学生吁改革



2014/05/05 – Srednja – Studenti ekonomije pozivaju na protest Tvrde da su njihovi fakulteti krivi za financijsku krizu u svijetu



2014/05/05 – Politiken – Undervisningen i økonomi er i krise

2014/05/05 – DR Netradio – Radio Interview with Mads Falkenfleth Jensen, of DSS



2014/05/14 – Taloussanomat – Ekonomisteilla on tosi kummallisia näkemyksiä ihmisistä



2014/05/14 – Libération/AFP – Cours d’éco à la fac: des maths, des stats, mais peu de concret

2014/05/07 – Le Nouvel Observateur – Economie: des étudiants disent non à la “pensée unique”

2014/05/05 – Le Monde – Pour une économie pluraliste : l’appel mondial des étudiants



2014/05/06 – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – Wirtschaftsstudenten prangern einseitige Lehre an

2014/05/06 – Zeit Online – Studentenaufruf – Wider die intellektuelle Monokultur in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften

2014/05/05 – detektor.fm – Internationaler Protest: Studenten wollen eine andere Wirtschaftslehre

2014/05/05 – Handelsblatt – Studenten protestieren gegen ökonomische Lehre

2014/05/05 – NachDenkSeiten – Manifest der ökonomischen Vernunft



2014/05/23 – Reshet A, Radio Interview – Tip of the Iceberg, with: Dr. Oshy Kraus

2014/05/18 – Reshet A, Radio Interview – The Real Economy, with: Eran Hildsheim

2014/05/09 – The Marker – The models are collapsing: “How come economics undergraduates never encounters social-economics dilemmas”?

2014/05/05 – Mako – Students around the world: a revolution in economics teaching needed

2014/05/04 – The Marker – Students around the world: a revolution in economics teaching needed



2014/05/05 – pagina99 – Il manifesto degli studenti per un’economia plural 2014/05/05 – Huffington Post Italy – Quando gli studenti di economia vogliono studiare di più (e meglio)

2014/05/05 – Economia e Politica – Dichiarazione globale per il pluralismo in economia



2014/05/12 – El País – El mundo real en las aulas

2014/05/12 – La Vanguardia – Rebel.lió a les Facultats d’Economia (printed edition)

2014/05/06 – El Confidencial – Estudiantes de Economía de 20 países, contra un plan docente ‘pobre, gris y aislado

2014/05/06 – El Mundo – Estudiantes de Económicas de 19 países reclaman una enseñanza ‘pluralista’ 

2014/05/06 – El Diario – Estudiantes de economía de todo el mundo piden pluralidad en los planes de estudios

2014/05/06 – El Diario – Rebelión en las aulas de economía



2014/05/05 – Lars P. Syll Blog  – Pluralism in economics



2014/05/05 – Handelszeitung – Manifest gegen die Krise der Ökonomie



2014/05/05 – UDN – 多國經濟系生籲改課程 應付21世紀問題



2014/05/11 – The Observer – After the crisis, we need a revolution in the way we teach economics

2014/05/09 – The Guardian – University economics teaching isn’t an education: it’s a £9,000 lobotomy

2014/05/05 – Financial Times Blog – Economics students of the world, unite!

2014/05/04 – The Guardian – Economics students call for shakeup of the way their subject is taught

2014/05/04 – The Guardian – Economics teaching and the real world



2014/05/13 – The New Yorker – Rebellious Economics Students Have A Point

2014/05/05 – Naked Capitalism – An International Student Call For Pluralism In Economics

2014/05/05 – AlterNet – Students From 19 Countries Demand End to Economics Curriculum That Blocks Progress on Everything from Food Security to Climate Change



2014/05/05 – World Economics Association Newsletter – An international student call for pluralism in economics

2014/05/05 – Global Economic Intersection – Students from 19 Nations Call for Overhaul of Economics

2014/05/05 – Steve Keen’s Debtwatch – The students are revolting

2014/05/05 – Real-World Economics Review Blog – The manifesto of 42 networks of economics students from 19 countries

2014/05/05 – Business Insider – Economics Students Are Fed Up With The Way Their Subject Is Being Taught

2014/05/05 – Environmental Economics – Economics students call for shakeup of the way their subject is taught




  1. August 6, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Direito – Economia – Sociedade and commented:
    The rethink of economics as a discipline (see below) is relevant for legal scholarship concerned with the economic aspects of social life and public policy . . .

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