Philosophy of Economics Working 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.

Diana Soeiro
Merve Burnazoglu
Diana Prelorenzo



Research themes

  • Models and measurement
  • Political implications of economic methodology
  • Political economy and philosophy of AI
  • The transformation of economics and the role of economists in times of digital data
  • On the reproducibility of results (replication in economics)
  • The EU ‘Green Deal’ and the ‘Just Transition Mechanism’ (JTM)

Research questions

  • Is economics’ methodology hindering diversity, equality, and inclusivity?
  • Can economics be powerful in understanding, explaining and, ideally, tackling the multiple crises of our time without embedding the concept of power in its analysis?
  • What is the role of economists in times of digital data?
  • What new roles could economists play?
  • With the proliferation of academic journals and a stark increase in published articles, why is it important to replicate studies in economics and how?
  • What are the implicit assumptions in Economics when it comes to designing and implementing “a just transition”? Are the concept and methodological approach robust enough to strike a balance between economic and social dimensions?

Projects Planned 

  • YSI-EAEPE Pre-conference 2023, Leeds, UK, “Power of Economics without Power in Economics?”
  • YSI-INEM Workshop 2023, Venice, Italy, “The transformation of economics and the role of economists in times of digital data”
  • Webinar ‘Replicate Replicate – How You Can Take Part’
  • Webinar and Workshop on the “Just Transition Mechanism”, Lisbon, Portugal

Existing partnerships and cooperation 

  • Magdalena Malecka (mentor)
  • John B. Davis (mentor)
  • Jakob Kapeller (mentor)
  • Jan H. Höffler (ReplicationWiki)
  • European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE)
  • International Network for Economic Method (INEM)


You’re welcome to join any webinar or reading group at any time. You’re also invited to apply to present or participate in an any in-person workshop in your area. 



The latest updates and announcements, sent out to all working group members via email.
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New Challenges to Civil Rights in the Digital Era – YSI Workshop @ ACLU
New digital technologies are putting civil rights to the test….
February 25, 2020
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Schumpeter 1949, Science and Ideology: Second reading session (December 4)
Tomorrow we have the second reading session based on Schumpeter,…
December 3, 2019
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[LAST CALL] Pre-Alahpe Workshop (Nov, 19th): Women in the Hist of LA Econ.
The History of Economic Thought and the Philosophy of Economics…
July 20, 2019
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