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Next Thursday 9 December, the Royal Dutch Economic Association (KVS) will discuss the state of its focus on economics in research and practice. This online discussion session will be streamed from the Hybrid learning theatre at the Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam. Central in this discussion is the question how to make Economics future proof. Four generations of economists, including Eric van Damme (Tilburg University), Pieter Gautier (VU Amsterdam), Giorgia Romagnoli (University of Amsterdam) en Alexander Singh (BSc student at the University of Amsterdam) will contribute to this discussion.

Event details of The Future of Economics (Royal Dutch Economic Association - KVS)
Date 9 December 2021
Time 17:00 -18:30
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building M
Room Online

Introduction to the discussion

How to make Economics future proof? Currently, Economics is subject to various criticisms:

  • Recent research shows that economic scholars believe that economic research should become more policy-relevant, multidisciplinary, and disruptive, and should pursue more diverse research topics.
  • According to some critics, economic solutions to ‘big questions’, such as climate change and inequality, are undervalued and underexplored.
  • Student groups have criticised the economics curricula as being overly theoretical and narrowly focused.

In the KVS event, we will explore the following questions:

  • To what extent do the above criticisms hold water?
  • How has the research field changed over the past 40 years?
  • Are changes in the research field reflected in changes in the economics curricula?
  • Have changes in the curricula generally been beneficial?
  • Are there sufficient – and well aligned – incentives for young economists to get involved in the societal debate?

We will give the floor to four generations of economists. They will talk about their experience as an economist and explain what they believe is important to make economics future proof.

Registration, confirmation and meeting link

If you are a KVS-member, please send an e-mail to office.kvs@dnb.nl;

For non-KVS members, please register trough the link below.

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation by email. A few days before the event you will receive the meeting link by email.

Roeterseilandcampus - building M

Room Online

Plantage Muidergracht 12
1018 TV Amsterdam