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Working Groups

The YSI Working Groups are the backbone of the community. In each of them a set of young scholars pursue questions of mutual interest by organizing online webinars as well as workshops, conferences, and other types of discussion. YSI Working Groups are broadly aligned along regional and topical structures. You are more than welcome to join. Please contact the working group point person for more information.

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    The YSI Africa working group focuses on identifying the key economic issues for Africa. The discussion is open to young scholars across the continent and is an entryway to participate in YSI’s broader initiatives at a global level.


    Behavior and Society

    The Working Group on Behavior and Society incorporates insights from behavioral and experimental economics, neuroscience, psychology, and other related disciplines to answer questions about individual behavior and decision-making in an institutional context.


    Complexity Economics

    Economies and societies are complex and evolving systems. Their dynamics, networks, interactions, and heterogeneity are what the Complexity Economics Working Group is interested in.


    Cooperatives and Cooperation

    The YSI cooperatives and cooperation working group is a forum to study cooperatives and collective economic enterprise. We aim to host discussions rooted in theory and in practice, including examples from every geographic region and time period, to build a shared understanding of cooperatives and cooperation in the broadest sense.


    East Asia

    The YSI East Asia working group discusses the effectiveness of the current international development paradigm with particular focus on the effectiveness of international aid, the growing recognition to the need to steer towards localization and contextualization of development approaches.


    Economic Development

    The YSI Economic Development Working Group brings together young scholars from a variety of disciplines and countries to discuss real challenges of economic development across the world.


    Economic History

    Economic history is a vital tool for understanding economics today, particularly in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The YSI Economic History Working Group brings together young scholars to explore various in economic history, shedding new light on today’s problems.


    Economics of Innovation

    The Innovation Working Group views Innovation as being central to the process of economic development and growth. The Working Group aims to study how economic actors, policies, technology and market conditions interact and evolve over time. We provide a platform to create professional and academic networks for young scholars to share and promote their work on innovation related topics. 


    Finance, Law, and Economics

    Finance, law, and economics are interrelated disciplines. This working group is a forum for the discussion of the areas of study these disciplines share. Young scholars, academics, practitioners, and policy advisors are invited to contribute.


    Financial Stability

    The Financial Stability Working Group aims to better understand the financial system currently evolving before our eyes. We both look back to understand what caused the recent financial crisis and others before it, and, thoroughly study economic change in order to glimpse the future.


    Gender and Economics

    Gender studies within the economic theory is a part of a general project to rethink economics in a different way, either as a revised version of neoclassical economics, or as a deep critique to neoclassical economics. Gender diversity is an enriching factor for the development of economic theory and the capacity of understanding and interpreting the current society and reality. The Gender Economics and Social Sciences working group focuses on gender issues in a critical, transnational and interdisciplinary perspective.


    History of Economic Thought

    The Working Group on the History of Economic Thought is devoted to disinterring the roots of contemporary economic orthodoxy, exhuming time-honoured rival approaches, and imagining possible futures.



    What are economists talking about when they talk about inequality? And why is inequality even relevant to economics? The Inequality Working Group hosts debates, workshops, and presentations addressing both philosophical and technical aspects of the link between inequality and economics.


    Keynesian Economics

    The YSI Post Keynesian Working Group (PKWG) aims at providing basic readings and insightful discussions covering various topics on Post Keynesian economics. The PKWG sets out study and develop research in the Post Keynesian framework.


    Latin America

    YSI Latin America supports sustainable growth, development and social inclusion for the region by sharing experiences in an extensive network of professionals, researchers and policy makers.


    Philosophy of Economics

    In the Philosophy of Economics working group we dare to ask the most fundamental questions in order to understand our roles as economists in a bigger picture. What is “the economy”? What is economics? What is the relationship between our models and reality? What should it be?


    Political Economy of Europe

    The Working Group on Europe’s Political Economy aims to bring together young researchers, PhD candidates and practitioners from institutions and think tanks to discuss their research findings and push forward a common research agenda on the political economy of European integration.


    South Asia

    YSI South Asia brings together young scholars interested in questions of universal interest in the region: Development, inflation, governance and inequality.


    States and Markets

    The States and Markets Working group reconsiders the relationship between states and markets, the idea that State ‘intervenes’ in the economy, considering both ‘the state’ and ‘the economy’ as two separate spheres, and rethinks categories such as ‘public’ and ‘private’. 



    The Sustainability working group explores how economic thinking can contribute to the mitigation of environmental challenges, such as climate change, pollution or limited resources.


    Urban and Regional Economics

    The Urban and Regional Economics Working Group explores the role of the space on economics and development, the role of the city and the centrality, to show Keynesian and Schumpeterian contribution to URE, as well as the Marxian land rent theory, and, widely, the Political Economy of Urbanization.