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YSI is open to anyone adhering to the spirit of new economic thinking and the YSI guiding principles. The guiding principles outline YSI’s core values: Collaborative, Inclusive, Humble, Respectful, and Non-partisan. It is the responsibility of every YSI member to embody these core values in the everyday work of the community.

We strive to include people from different backgrounds, embrace diverse cultural, academic, and professional experiences and create a stimulating, respectful, and rewarding experience for all our members. We are committed to environments that are free from discrimination of any kind, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, transgender status, age, disability or political opinion. We thank you for contributing to create an environment that is inclusive to everyone.

When participating in any YSI activity - whether attending an event or webinar, communicating on the website forums or the YSI social media pages, or when representing YSI - we expect you to be acting in accordance with the code of conduct outlined below.


  • Respectful and Collaborative: Let’s be considerate, respectful, and collaborative. While disagreement is an inherent part of any debate, the members of our community treat each other with personal respect.
  • Inclusive: Consider the diverse cultural backgrounds of other members of the community. Let’s not assume that others have the same norms as us. Please consider, that members of our community may have very different perspectives on acceptable language, alcohol consumption, physical contact or appropriate attire.
  • No harassment: Let’s always refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech. Dialogue is key to progress and understanding between people of differing opinions, so long as it does not degenerate into insults or slurs.


  • Relevance: The topics discussed at YSI events and on the YSI community forums should be related to new economic thinking in a broad sense. Forum moderators reserve the right to remove content with or without explanation.
  • Non-activism: YSI does not endorse any specific viewpoint or promote any specific way of doing economics. YSI provides a space to discuss and educate yourself about new ideas - not a movement to advocate specific ideas.
  • Non-partisan: As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, the Young Scholars Initiative does not endorse political viewpoints or political candidates. Although we are aware of the inherent link between economics and politics and recognize the non-neutrality of any model or theoretical framework, YSI does not take political positions. Discussions and contributions should be academic in nature. YSI events or forums should not be used for advocating specific political views.
  • Authorship: All statements made on the YSI forum or in YSI events and webinars reflect the viewpoints of the person expressing them alone. Project organizers responsibility for the content of their projects, such as the choice of topics and speakers. YSI does not endorse any particular viewpoints.
  • Authorship (no plagiarism): When making a contribution, please ensure that the ideas you represent are your own. As an academically and research oriented community we hold ourselves to high standards.

Violation of Community Guidelines

Members are encouraged to inform organizers or coordinators, YSI management or the CRC about perceived violations of the community code of conduct. In the case of major violations, YSI management will be directly in touch to inform you about your violation and the impending consequences, which may include temporary or permanent suspension from YSI.

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