Economics has usually been painted as a discipline that is merit-based, objective and free of value judgements. By implication, this has meant that the discipline has avoided discussions of northern hegemony in its educational, research and policy elements. However, this view has constantly been challenged, recently culminating in the calls for “Decolonising Economics” and its areas of influence. In this webinar, Dr. Grieve Chelwa, Dr. Cecilia Lanata Briones and Professor Jayati Ghosh discuss what is meant by this phrase. They discuss elements of the discipline that reflect the dominance of the global north at the expense of the global south, the ways in which this process reinforces itself as well as what can be done to address this and create a discipline that is inclusive and decentered from the global north.
This webinar is an amazing watch for anyone trying to understand what “Decolonising Economics” means. The speakers draw from their extensive experiences in the discipline to highlight the multiple ways Economics is centered on the global north. It also addresses the rarely mentioned barrier of language, which blocks economists from predominantly non-english speaking regions from accessing and engaging with the literature in the discipline. Finally, while acknowledging how arduous the task is, the speakers also put forward ways in which Economics can be effectively decentered from the global north.