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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.


    Agent Based Modeling

    The YSI Agent Based Modeling Working Group models complex economic systems from the bottom-up. It recognizes the economy as a complex adaptive system and tries to capture this complexity in agent based computational models.


    Behavioral Economics

    In the Neuroscience and Behavioral Economics Working Group we apply insights from neuroscience, biology, and other related disciplines to questions about individual behavior and decision-making in an economic context.


    Complexity Economics

    The simple models that are so fundamental to economics cannot capture the complex processes that make up economics. The YSI Complexity Economics Working Group raises awareness and explores the emerging field of complexity economics with students and young researchers.


    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.


    Critical Microeconomics

    The YSI working group questions the appropriateness and relevance of the assumptions made in modern micro and rational choice theory and discusses how to move beyond them.


    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.


    Ecology and Economics

    This exciting collaboration between the YSI and the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE) explores the relationship between political economy and environmental and ecological issues, including pollution and climate change.


    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 purpose of the group is to gather young scholars interested or working in innovation related issues. The group provides a platform to create professional and academic networks for young scholars to share and promote their work.



    YSI Europe focuses on questions of general interest to young scholars in Europe: The Eurozone Crisis, monetary unions, Secular Stagnation and the effects of austerity policies.


    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.


    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.