About the project
The idea for Exploring Economics was developed by the Network for Pluralist Economics (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik). Students are increasingly looking beyond academic curricula, which continue to present a single perspective on economics. While the internet abounds with valuable learning materials, they remain scattered. Exploring Economics aims to consolidate these materials on a central online platform.
Within the debate on pluralism in economics, a number of ‘heterodox’ schools of thought are discussed as neglected or emerging alternatives to mainstream economics. However, comparisons between these schools - for example in terms of their assumptions, topics of inquiry, and strengths and weaknesses - are often absent or ad hoc. We therefore aim to systematise the diversity of economic approaches.
Exploring Economics aims to enrich economic teaching as well as to promote self-criticism, reflection and openness within economics.
Since the launch of Exploring Economics in December 2016, we had positive results! We received a terrific feedback and had more than 41,000 page views in the first month, as well as visitors from over 160 countries until now. Professors around the world have recommended Exploring Economics to their students and some have integrated it into their curriculum. We organized an international writing workshop for students and young scholars, and begun cooperating with two universities and one summer school.
The platform is a project of the Network for Pluralist Economics (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik) made up of around 30 groups and individuals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The project is realised by the voluntary work of many students and young scholars. A number of professors have advised the project. The Institute for Social Development (Forschungsinstitut für gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung), a public research institute in Germany, financed the learning platform as part of its stream on ‘New Economic Thinking’. Further funding was provided by the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK).
From May, 8 to June, 4, 2017, we run our crowdfunding campaign for Exploring Economics, so we can keep reaching more people with plural economics in the coming months. We want to integrate new materials and courses into the website, to offer writing workshops for students and young scholars, as well as to expand our partnerships with universities.