Rethinking Economics Switzerland

The Swiss national network of Rethinking Economics


About Us

Rethinking Economics Switzerland is a student national network based in Switzerland. At the moment, it counts five different branches: Lugano, Lausanne, Zurich, Bern and Lucerne. We are part of the international network Rethinking Economics, which was born in 2012 in the UK. Nowadays, Rethinking Economics has many other student groups around the world that share the same mission: reforming the economics curriculum in universities and "democratising" the discipline among the society.

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Our Mission

We promote interdisciplinarity and pluralism in economics and its related subjects, fighting especially against the dogmatism within the teaching of the discipline at the tertiary education level. In particular, our group focuses on facing these issues among the economics departments of the Swiss universities. Moreover, we aim to encourage the critique of mainstream economic theory by analysing its hiatuses, contradictions, effects and consequences. We also want to bridge the gap between theory and practice in Economics, “democratising” economic ideas and concepts by spreading them out to a broad audience.

Swiss Secondary Education Reform (Matura/maturité) -- an open letter

RE Switzerland together with Bildungskoalition and others

Currently, the maturité/Matura is being reformed. The last such reform took place in 1994. Together with Bildungskoalition and an ad-hoc expert groups, we put forward principles to guide the transformation of secondary economics education in Switzerland. Currently, Swiss economic education at the secondary level is based on partly narrow and outdated notions in economics, and serves to prevent creative, critical and future-oriented thinking in students, rather than prepare them for a lifetime of engagement with a living topic. Our proposal consists of stronger economic pluralism, embedding of sustainability, and focus on society.