SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

A Crisis in Economic Thinking

Various speakers

Date: 13 March 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 13 March 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

We would like to extend a warm invitation to the conference, ‘A Crisis in Economic Thinking’ to you, which is taking place on the 13th of March 2014. The conference will consist of a very distinguished panel, which will take on the grand task of discussing the future direction of economics.

The Global Financial Crisis of 2007, shook up many people’s view about economics, since no one within the current orthodoxy of economics succeeded in predicting the coming of the crisis. The fury with the
current neo-classical paradigm of teaching has mostly come from students, who fear that economics departments’ focus on employability takes over for what seems to be more important; the passing on of true knowledge. In the wake of the crisis student protest in one form or another has popped up in
both the US (with a walk-out from a Harvard economics class) and with the emergence of student societies for change in economics in the United Kingdom.

The panel discussion will feature students, who will advance their view on economic and their experience of being taught in an era, where there seems to be a divergence between reality and the economics curriculum. Moreover several prominent academics will offer their insight and expertise in an
attempt to illuminate the question of what went wrong in economics and what we ought to do about it.

Please contact Adrian Ochs on and Jonas Erraia on for further information.

Organiser: Economics Department

Contact email: Adrian Ochs ( and Jonas Erraia (