Working Groups

Each working group focuses on an area of economics that is often overlooked. 
Browse all working groups below.

How will Africa overcome its legacy, strengthen its institutions and advance towards an equitable, and sustainable future?  > view group

We explore the relationship between individual behavior and institutional and socio-economic structures. Join us to draw upon  psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and philosophy, as well as behavioral and experimental economics. > view group

Economies and societies are complex and evolving systems. We explore their dynamics, networks, interactions, and heterogeneity. > view group

How can cooperative structures support challenges in economic development? Can they offer an alternative to neoliberal structures? > view group

Join us to investigate the economic challenges and trajectories of economic growth in the East Asian continent, using an interdisciplinary approach. > view group

Join us to discuss developmental challenges and study a range of approaches, including Institutional Economics, Post-Keynesian Economics, Austrian Economics, Classical Economics, Marxian Economics, Structuralist Economics, and New-Keynesian Economics. > view group


Economic history is a vital tool for understanding economics today. We study institutional, narrative, theoretical, and empirical research in macroeconomics, financial, and business history. > view group

Innovation is central to the process of economic development and growth. Join us to study how economic actors, policies, technology and market conditions interact and evolve over time. > view group

Finance, Law, and Economics are inherently interrelated disciplines. We bring economists, lawyers and practioners together to better understand issues of financial stability, financial market reform and the future of the banking and payments systems. > view group

Join us to study novel approaches to monetary economics and bridge the intellectual gap between finance and macroeconomics. Dive into the rise of financial globalization, new forms of banking intermediation, and the implications of new  payment systems. > view group

Studying the role of gender within economic theory is a part of a general project to rethink economics in a different way, either as a revised version of conventional economics, or as a deep critique to the way economics is and has been framed. > view group

Join us to dig up the roots of contemporary economic orthodoxy, reveal time-honored rival approaches, and imagine new possible futures. > view group

What are economists talking about when they talk about inequality? And why is inequality even relevant to economics? Join us to explore the philosophical and technical aspects of these questions. > view group

A Keynesian approach to economics supposes that output and employment growth of capitalist economies are constrained by aggregate demand. Join us to explore how the Keynesian framework can help us to deal with our challenging times. > view group

Join us to study the economic challenges of the Latin American continent. Identify new approaches to combat inequality, poverty while improving social, economic, and environmental conditions. > view group

What is the ‘economy’? What is ‘economics’? What is the relationship between our models and reality? Join us to ask the most fundamental questions in order to understand our roles as economists in a bigger picture. > view group

How can we better understand the financial integration between the European economies? What are the best responses to a Euro Crisis. How do we  counter the imbalances between the members of the EU? Join us to discuss. > view group

Join us to explore the economic challenges of the South Asian continent, including inclusive growth, urban and regional challenges, development, gender, and more. > view group

Is it true that the State ‘intervenes’ in the economy? Are the concept of ‘the state’ and ‘the economy’ really two separate spheres? Join us to reconsider the relationship between the ‘public’ and the ‘private.’ > view group

Join us in the search for economic solutions to environmental challenges like climate change, pollution, and the management and distribution of finite resources. > view group

Explore the role of geographical space on economics and development, as well as the role of cities and the emerging importance of the political economy of urbanization. > view group


Commons is home to those projects and events that cut across working groups.  They include:

  • Local Meetups
  • Community-wide events
  • Career Support & Mentorship
  • Cross-working group discussions
  • Community Celebrations
As a YSI member, you are automatically
a part of Commons.

Why join a working group?
ou’ll be notified of any projects going on in the group. 

How many working groups can I join?
As many as you like, but we recommend two or three.

I dont see my interests reflected here. 
Join the working group that aligns most closely. The topics are a broad guideline, not a hard rule. YSI rarely opens new working groups.

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