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PKSG supports student calls for pluralism in the teaching of Economics

We wrote to the Guardian to express our support for the calls by students at Cambridge, Essex, Glasgow, LSE, Manchester, Sheffield, SOAS and UCL for pluralism in the teaching of Economics. The published letter (18 November 2013) can be found at Post-Keynesians are staging a comeback

The students have now come together in a global alliance ISIPE and issued an open letter on 4 May 2014. The Manchester students have published their proposals with a foreword by Andrew Haldane.

See also the responses from the students and the Association of Heterodox Economics (AHE) to the proposals for curriculum reform promoted by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and our correspondence with the QAA Committee to Review the UK Subject Benchmark Statement in Economics. We sent this letter to the Chair of the Committee offering our expertise and asking to be part of the review. Here is the reply.

On 2 December 2014 the BBC broadcast an excellent documentary on the current state of the student campaign.

On the same day, a new initiative, Reteaching Economics, was launched. This is an open network of UK-based early career academics dedicated to pluralism in economics education.

Other relevant articles (most recent first) are:

Angry economics students are naive – and mostly right

Economics: Change of course

Rebellious Economics Students Have a Point

Bubble bursts on economist's 'alternative' course

Economics students of the world, unite!

Economics students call for shakeup of the way their subject is taught

Real world economics at Glasgow

Manchester students take on economics curriculum in report

Coverage of the student fringe event at the RES Conference on 8 April 2014:
Campaigning for the long-run at the Post-Crash fringe plus videos of the students and the talks by Victoria Chick and Diane Coyle.

Why UK universities shouldn't be hostile to alternative economic models

Manchester economics students withhold NSS cooperation over curriculum demands

Help students challenge economics

Rethinking Economics: From the UK, a Global Student Movement Takes Shape

Interview: Marco Schneebalg on reforming the Economics curriculum

Colleges are teaching economics backwards

Keynes’s new heirs

The Student Revolution

We need economic theories fit for the real world

Economics explains our world – but economics degrees don’t

‘Dismal science’ seeks fresh thinking after failure in crisis

Orthodox economists have failed their own market test

Economics students demand an education that reflects post-crash world

University economics teaching to be overhauled

Economics lecturers accused of clinging to pre-crash fallacies

Mainstream economics is in denial: the world has changed

Economics students need to be taught more than neoclassical theory

Economics students aim to tear up free-market syllabus