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Why Diversifying and Decolonising Economics Matters to Everyone

Keston Perry, Imran Rasul and Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe with Romesh Vaitilingam

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Mon 16 November 2020

Crowdcast

Why Diversifying and Decolonising Economics Matters to Everyone

Keston Perry, Imran Rasul and Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe with Romesh Vaitilingam

Foe Cover 2020 credit Willem Hampson
Mon 16 November 2020,

Crowdcast

This event was part of our online programme and took place on our Crowdcast channel. You can watch it HERE.

The lack of diversity in terms of gender and race in economics has received increased attention in recent years, but events following the death of African American George Floyd have caused economists to further reflect and rethink how they study long-simmering, systemic racial inequities. Economics is now having its #BlackLivesMatter moment as the discipline has been challenged about its Eurocentric nature. As well as considering the benefits of increasing racial and ethnic diversity for the economics profession, economists are also asking how economic theories explain today’s racial economic inequalities – and the extent to which colonialism is to blame? How does economics understand the links between racial inequalities and systemic racism?

The panel includes Keston Perry (UWE Bristol), Imran Rasul (University College London) and Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe (WISER) and chaired by Romesh Vaitilingam.

 

This event is part of our ninth Festival of Economics and is curated by Dr Carolina Alves (University of Cambridge) who is on the steering group of D-Econ.

It’s important to us that ideas and debate are affordable to everyone. It’s also important that our commentators, artists, writers, poets and thinkers are paid. This is a Pay What You Can event. You are invited to choose your own contribution to the event, from £0 to £8. All proceeds go towards supporting our speakers and sustaining Festival of Ideas. The option to attend for free is available for all online events.

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