Who We Are
Rethinking Economics Switzerland was born on 13th October 2018 in Fribourg, where the First National Gathering of the national network occurred. At the meeting, there were members from Rethinking Economics Lugano, Rethinking Economics Genève and Plurale Ökonomik Zürich, plus other external members from other Swiss cities. On that day, we decided to set up the official national student association and join the already well-established international network, which previously approved and officially embraced the single groups.
Today, RE Lugano and its “twin sister” in Geneva - which also joined the network on the same day - together with Plurale Ökonomik Zürich are ready to work together in order to change the status quo of discipline at Swiss universities’ Economics departments. Finally, their national network is now coordinated by two students of the University of Neuchâtel, who happily seek improving and growing Rethinking Economics Switzerland.
Rethinking Economics Lugano
First, Rethinking Economics Lugano was born on September 2017, originally founded by three students of the MSc in Economics and International Policies at the University of Lugano. Since then, they ran three official events, where they invited policy makers (Swiss National Bank) and professors from different universities (Università della Svizzera italiana, Franklin University Switzerland, Université de Fribourg). Nonetheless, they succeded in establishing a new course in Critical History of Economic Thought within the electives of the Bachelor of Economics at the University of Lugano. Today, Leonardo Conte is the president of the association and Michele Corengia its Vicepresident, both PhD students in Lugano.
Rethinking Economics Genève
Secondly, Rethinking Economics Genève was as well founded in September 2017 by some seven students at the Université de Genève. They want to reflect about alternatives to the present papers in economics in the form of conferences, film screenings and self-education directly to other students. During the first three semesters of their existence, RE Genève has already organised twenty events and gathers once a week during the lecture period. On the other hand, they are in intense exchange with the instances of the Université de Genève to make the teaching more pluralist and critical. The current president of the chapter is Baptiste Crozat, part of the core of some ten active members.
Plurale Ökonomik Zürich
A movement for pluralist economics at the University of Zurich made its first appearance in 2013, when students wrote an open letter to demand a more pluralist and realistic economic education. When four years had passed without any significant changes to the curriculum, a group of five students started to plan a lecture called “Pluralism in Economics” in 2017. In fall 2018, the first lecture series took place, shedding light on heterodox theories as diverse as Post-Keynesianism, Marxian Political Economy or Post-Growth Economics. Though this lecture was successful, there remains a long and rocky road towards true pluralism. Through our cooperation in “Rethinking Economcis Switzerland, “Plurale Ökonomik Zürich” aims at expanding the access of economists all across Switzerland to a large number of competing schools of thought
Rethinking Economics Lucerne
We are 8 students (mostly PPE and one in cultural studies) who started Rethinking Economics Lucerne in February 2019. Our Kick-Off Event was pretty successful with 30 people present. After that, we’ve established a reading circle mainly focused on understanding our current economic system and how it is conceived in mainstream and heterodox economics. In the future, we plan to organise events all around the topics of economics, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches. We are also going to contact the economics department and try to establish courses that focus on plurality, social scientific approaches and philosophical classifications. We are confident and ambitious that we will soon be able to have more interesting and productive discussions with professors and other students.