Invitation: Are economists up for the challenges of the day?, 8th February, 17-19:00

Panel Discussion: Are economists up for the challenges of the day?
8.2.2023 17-19:00 Tiedekulma, Helsinki and online
Link to stream

🔔 Alarm bells are ringing! Can economics help? Or will it cause more harm?

🌍 Does economics help us understand where the world is going? Does it have the tools to answer humanity’s biggest challenges – or the ability to build those tools? Why is it always accused of narrowness, even blindness? Does it deserve its current authority in society?

🧯 Climate change, loss of nature, war, pandemics, growing inequality, aging populations, threats to liberal democracy, mental health problems, and the growth of artificial intelligence. We are facing large-scale crises and challenges, simultaneously!

❓ Economics enjoys considerable scientific authority in society and is often at the heart of policies concerning these challenges. However, economics is also a contested discipline. Does economics have the tools to address challenges of the day? Can it maintain its authority and benefit humanity? How?

💡 Join us at this Think Corner event where we will discuss the capability of economics to address societal challenges. The event is open for everyone and doesn’t require pre-registration.

Chair: Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki)

Opening speech: Wendy Carlin (University College London)


– Riina Bhatia (Chair, Rethinking Economics Finland)
– Eeva Hellström (Senior Lead, Sitra)
– Mika Pantzar (Professor, University of Helsinki)
– Roope Uusitalo (Professor, University of Helsinki)

The opening speech will be in English, followed by panel discussion in Finnish.

Participate either in person or online: Link to Tiedekulma webcast

☕ We will have open wine & snacks event after the panel. Pre-registration for catering is now closed, but the event is open for everyone.

This event opens the “Rethinking the Serviceability of Economics to Society (ReSES)” project, which will organize numerous events on economics and the relationship between economics and society in 2023-2024. This Argumenta project is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. For more info: .

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