False Dichotomies: Economics and the Challenges of Our Time

April 2, 2013

Economics, as a body of research, has failed to provide solutions to many of our most pressing challenges. The CIGI and INET conference, False Dichotomies: Economics and the Challenges of Our Time, held in November 2012, trained a spotlight on lines drawn by economists — between macro and micro, commercial lending and capital markets, and efficiency and equality. This report, written by rapporteur Kevin English, focusses on how economists should work with other areas of study, such as history, law, psychology and political economy, to enrich research and provide more well-rounded answers to the questions facing the economic community today.

Kevin English is a candidate for the M.A. in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a former junior fellow at CIGI. He currently works as a policy analyst at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

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