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Department of Economics

Economics After Covid – A Pluralistic Discussion


30 April 2021, 8:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

The Covid-19 health crisis is the second global economic crisis in just over a decade. The 2008 economic crisis led to criticism of mainstream economics: Student groups and a number of researchers considered research and teaching to lack pluralism of theories, methods, and openness towards other social sciences. But the 2008 crisis has also re-shaped economics research.
In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, the goal of this conference is to present and discuss current research on the implications of the crisis for inequalities, trade, climate change and development by economists with diverse backgrounds. It should enable a discussion between mainstream and non-mainstream economists. A final panel will discuss the goal of economics, whether it is sufficiently diverse, and what could be done to improve teaching and research.


8.30–10.00 Climate Change
David Hémous, University of Zurich & Julia Steinberger, University of Lausanne

10.30–12.00 Inequality
 Michèle Tertilt, University of Mannheim & Josh Ryan-Collins, University College London

13.00–14.30 Developing countries and Covid
Surbhi Kesar, Azim Premji University Bangalore & Isabel Günther, ETH Zürich

15.00–16.30 Covid and Globalization
Ralph Ossa, University of Zurich & Sanjay Reddy, New School New York

17.00 Panel discussion
Ulrich Woitek, University of Zurich; Branko Milanovic, City University New York; Surbhi Kesar, Azim Premji University Bangalore; Magda Fontana, University of Turin; Moderation: Florian Rommel, Goethe University Frankfurt


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