Rethinking Economics Switzerland promotes pluralism in Economics teaching at the Swiss Universities.
Why do we need (more) pluralism?
Economics is a social science that seeks to explain how the economy works, how people interact and what drives their economic decisions. Unlike mathematics and physics, it cannot uncover universal laws. Economic phenomena are embedded in culture and social interactions as well as the environment. This means that there is not only one truth in economics but that probably every theory has something to bring to the table to explain the world.
Acknowledging this, we think that students would benefit from being presented different schools of thought in Bachelor and Master level Economics courses. This would enable them to become even better economists as they would be able to master different approaches that might be useful for a variety of problems in our world.
The official goals of Rethinking Economics Switzerland are :
- Promote economic pluralism.
- Promote changes in research and in education of the economic science by allowing different schools of thought to integrate them and other social sciences to contribute.
- Introduce the public and students to a variety of approaches in economics and equip them with tools to critically evaluate these approaches and real-world economics.
- Democratize the access to economics by making economic knowledge more widely available.