“Economic Students Forum”, which has been active since 2007 in Haifa University under the oversight of the SEA, has joined an international network of economics students campaigning for pluralism within economics.
“Economic Students Forum”, which has been active since 2007 in Haifa University under the oversight of the SEA, has joined an international network of economics students campaigning for pluralism within economics.The international student initiative for pluralism in economics is a collaboration of 65 associations of economics students from 30 countries around the world, all work together to create pluralism in economics studies. The initiative is part of Rethinking Economics – an international network of students campaigning for pluralism within economics, particularly the economics curriculum, which is, at present, heavily biased towards the methods of the neoclassical school.“Economic Students Forum”, which has been active since 2007 in Haifa University under the oversight of the SEA, has recently joined the initiative. Along with groups from USA, Sweden, Germany, India and more, The Haifa students took a central role in writing the open letter which received wide media coverage all over the world.For the open letter- An international student call for pluralism in economicsIn the end of June, The students participated at the Rethinking Economics london conference at the University of London, featured keynote speeches from Lord Adair Turner and Dr. Ha-Joon Chang, plus over twenty other speakers, including Prof. Victoria Chick, Prof. David Tuckett and Will Hutton. Throughout the two-day conference , student groups from around the world have explored both the problems with the current system and, more positively, alternatives to the status quo. The “Economics Students Forum” is an initiative of Israeli economics students from the University of Haifa, founded in 2007 under the supervision of the Social Economic Academy. The forum seeks to stimulate the economics discourse at the universities, to expose students to economic issues relevant to Israeli society, and to give them a better understanding of the economic world. The forum is motivated by the growing criticism being sounded both in Israel and abroad, regarding the way economics is being taught, and thus tries to promote a pluralist and interdisciplinary pedagogy of economics in the universities As a major part of the “Economics Students Forum” at Haifa University’s activities, the forum offered students a non-academic course throughout the second semester of their studies. At this course the students were exposed to the significant role economics has on everyday life, learned to expand the available methodologies, and challenged the current solutions being modeled and taught. In the semester preceding the course, the forum’s leaders hold a social-economic workshop ( “Beit Midrahsh”) conducted by the head of the northern branch of SEA.