This interactive workshop aims to provide an overview of the philosophical foundations of economics to those interested in understanding the identity of the discipline and how it becomes the underlying perspective in any kind of research output. In the workshop, we will touch upon important ideas from Popper, Lakatos, and Kuhn. More importantly, we will reflect on our own belief system about economics as a science and our approach to research. A deeper look at “scientific cultures” of different schools of thought may help us to improve communication among perspectives - in order to better harvest the fruits of economic pluralism.
This workshop is part of the Rethinking Economics India Network's initiative to encourage young students and scholars practicing economics or working on issues related to the economy to extend such conversations in their universities and communities through the REIN local chapter/campus ambassador program.
About the Speaker
Elsa Egerer, Lecturer, Cusanus University
After completing my bachelor's in business and Chinese language studies, economics caught my attention. Two biographical aspects shaped the decision to study economics: experiencing the global financial crisis and observing the results of tailored industry policy in China. Graduating at the University of Leipzig and realizing how disconnected the discipline was from solving real-world problems resulted in my commitment to pluralist economics and the founding of a local initiative. I have worked as a research associate of the University of Leipzig, University of Siegen, and Cusanus College with topics ranging from fiscal and finance issues to questions of philosophy of science and economic education, in particular focusing on textbooks. I am convinced that the economic discipline must acknowledge social and ecological embeddedness and appreciate creative policy development as part of social science in order to better meet society’s needs to solve multilateral crises.