The very first Festival for New Economic Thinking will take place on 19-20 Oct 2017 in Edinburgh (Scotland) prior to the INET 2017 Conference,  taking place from 21-23 Oct 2017.

The Festival brings together organizations and individuals that seek to improve the way economics is taught, studied, and practiced. It provides a forum to share ideas and resources with students, academics, and the wider public. 

With content from many organizations within the same large event space, participants can explore exhibits, watch screenings, take part in workshops, and learn from inspiring speakers. Actively celebrating and embracing different perspectives and schools of economic thought, the Festival for New Economic Thinking aims to provide fertile ground for the future of economics.

 Keynote speakers include George Akerlof, American economist, Professor at the University of Georgetown and Koshland Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

Akerlof’s research is centered around economic theory but often draws from other disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology. He won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics (shared with Michael Spence and Joseph E. Stiglitz). Akerlof graduated from the Lawrenceville School and received his B.A. degree from Yale University in 1962, and his Ph.D. degree from MIT in 1966, and has taught at the London School of Economics.

Akerlof is perhaps best known for his article, “The Market for Lemons: Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism”, published in Quarterly Journal of Economics in 1970, in which he identified certain severe problems that afflict markets characterized by asymmetrical information

Online registration for the Festival for New Economic Thinking has closed. On-site registration is available. Please bring your ID.

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Organizing Partners

The Festival is the result of a collaborative initiative between several organisations, including:

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TheYoung Scholars Initiative (YSI) is an international community comprised of students, young professionals, and researchers. YSI seeks to foster and support initiatives coming from young scholars who want to explore new approaches and build communities around new economic thinking.


Rethinking Economics is an international network of students, academics,professionals and citizens building a better economics in our classrooms and society. Through a mixture of campaigning, events and engaging projects, Rethinking Economics connects people globally to discuss and enact the change needed for the future of economics.

exploringblueDeveloped by the Network for Pluralist Economics (
Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik), Exploring Economics is an online platform that makes digital courses in economics available. Unlike most economics departments, Exploring Economics takes a pluralist approach, and provides course materials on a wide variety economic perspectives.


minsksysblueLaunched by graduate students of the Levy Economics Institute in 2016, The Minskys make out-of-the-box economics accessible for all. Articles provide fresh perspectives on pressing economic issues, and break otherwise complicated concepts down. While the blog pays homage to late economist Hyman Minsky, its content moves beyond the scope of his work.

Developed by Gonçalo L. Fonseca, the History of Economic Thought Website provides an insightful and informative historical perspective on economics, made available to students, researchers and the general public. The project had its beginning in 1998, but was revised and expanded in 2014. Rather than an encyclopedia or a textbook, the website can be thought of as a “link tank” – pointing readers to available resources on economic theory.



About Edinburgh

IconEdinburgh is one of the biggest cities in the United Kingdom and the capital of Scotland, located on the east coast of the country. Its cultural and architectural heritage dates to the 12th century, which turns a walk around the narrow cobbled streets of the Royal Mile into an enchanting stroll through the past.

Famous for being the center of Scottish Enlightenment, Edinburgh has been the home of thinkers such as David Hume an Adam Smith, earning it the nickname “Athens of the North. During the past two decades, it has become the symbol of Scottish devolution with the Scottish Government located between the Old and the New City. Nowadays, Edinburgh is a mixture between contemporary culture– full of galleries, pubs and clubs, and the old spirit and heritage of Enlightenment and architectural neoclassicism.

About the Corn Exchange

IconThe Edinburgh Corn Exchange is a large-scale event-space that has hosted some of the biggest concerts in the UK, yielding the stage to Prodigy, Justin Timberlake, and Florence & the Machine. Dating from 1909, its structure has an atmospheric look and feel. Filled equipped with stages, meeting rooms, a cinema, bars, coffee, and more, it serves as the perfect venue for the first ever Festival for New Economic Thinking.

How to get there

By road: The Edinburgh Corn Exchange offers 400 complimentary on-site car parking spaces, and is situated approximately 3.6 kilometres (2 miles) to the south west of Edinburgh city centre. It sits to the south of Gorgie Road (A71) and north of Slateford Road (A70) two of the main arterial routes into the city. More precisely the site is situated to the west of Chesser Avenue benefiting from roadside frontage on three sides: New Mart Road (north), New Market Road (east) and Cattle Road (west). Access to the site may be taken from either New Mart or New Market Road.

By rail: We are directly adjacent to Slateford train station, 4 minute walk. Nearest mainline station is Haymarket which is a five minute drive away.

By air: The venue is within a 15 minute drive from Edinburgh Airport.

Contributing Partners

cropped-cropped-icon1.pngOver 60 organizations will join the Festival as contributing partners and showcase their work on site.  They include the following:

Economia Civile
Finance Watch
INET Oxford
PEPS Economie
Positive Money
Rethinking India
Sumak Kawsay
The Minskys

Become a contributing partner!

Get in touch with the organizing committee via festival@newecon.co