Pluralist Economics Fellowship










10 students from Minerva University (MU) were selected for the “Pluralist Economics Fellowship” during their semester in Berlin (winter term 2018).

During the fellowship, they contributed as editors to Exploring Economics. Editors suggest, asses and create new material for the e-learning platform. The students gained experience in academic writing and publishing, enriched their knowledge of economic schools of thought, and worked closely with the Exploring Economics Team and the MU supervisors.

There was a kick-off and a mid-term workshop at the thinkfarm in Berlin. Over the course of the fellowship, the candidates produced essays and dossiers for Exploring Economics, which can be found below, and at the same time earned credits at their home institution. For more information check out the full document here.

We've also gotten some German press & UK press, you can find a description of the student group 'Global Minerva Hub' here and below are some pictures from the mid-term workshop 2018 in Berlin.

Mid-term workshop in Berlin











Please find the produced essays and multi-media dossiers below:

Could gender equality help the economy?

Economic growth and development have a profound impact on individual lives, and thus, economists throughout history have sought to understand which factors and actions can lead to economic growth and development such as investment in technology and education.

Yet, the role women play in the economy has long been overlooked.

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Urban Arbonomics | The Complex Nature of Urban Vegetation

Complexity economics goes further than simply finding a theoretical link between greenery and economic well being. It also recognizes the impediments within the system – from planning toolkits and education for urban planners to governmental budgets that prevent this theoretically beneficial action from occurring.

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Ecological Economics: A Solution to Deforestation?

Deforestation is estimated to be responsible for about 12-29% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Though solutions are negotiated on a transnational basis, such as through the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, logging a forest is often more financially profitable than conserving it.

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An Introduction to Game Theory in Public Policy

What is game theory? Game theory is a way of thinking about strategic interactions between people, which makes it a crucial component of economics, political science, international relations, psychology and a variety of other disciplines that deal with the complexities of human interaction in decision making.

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Behavioural vs Complexity Economics: Approaches to Development

As seen with the United Nations significant promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals in the past few years, the issue of global development is of growing concern to many international organizations. The work of behavioral and complexity economists offer a unique, collaborative perspective.

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Homo Economicus: Why are new year’s resolutions so difficult to maintain and economic models so bad

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to follow through on new year’s resolutions, such as to exercise more or to start saving more money towards retirement? The agent that most traditional economic models are based on would not struggle to keep up these resolutions. These agents are referred to as homo economicus.

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Taxation in the MENA region

While increased tax revenue can increase government earnings if collected efficiently, there is a global trend towards lower corporate taxation to prevent profit shifting and cross-border adjustments for multinational corporations (MNCs). The lower corporation taxes function as incentives for MNCs to pay taxes within the region of operation rather than engaging in illicit financial practices such as tax evasion and profit shifting.

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How can MERCOSUR move forward?

MERCOSUR (Mercado Común del Sur or Common Southern Market) was the first formalized attempt to integrate South American countries economically and politically. However, since its establishment, Mercosur has had many drawbacks and complications that have made it hard to successfully establish itself as a strong integrated bloc.

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This project is brought to you by the Network for Pluralist Economics (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V.).  It is committed to diversity and independence and is dependent on donations from people like you. Regular or one-off donations would be greatly appreciated.