Who we are

We’re a community of students, young professionals and researchers from across the globe pursuing new and critical ways of thinking about the economy. We are building the learning environment we wish we had.

Status quo

Detached observer

YSI setting

Serving society
Engaged citizen

Our history

Since it’s inception in 2012, YSI has grown into a formidable network for the next generation of new economic thinkers 

2012 – INET’s 2012 Paradigm Lost Conference gave rise to “YSI Commons

2013 – YSI’s Community Guidelines were defined

2015  – YSI @ Trento Festival of Economics

2016Global Plenary in Budapest, Hungary

2017Festival for New Economic Thinking, Edinburgh, Scotland

2018Europe Convening in Trento, Italy, Latin America Convening in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Africa Convening in Harare, Zimbabwe.

2019North America Convening in Los Angeles, USA and Asia Convening in Hanoi, Vietnam

2020 – Virtual Plenary

2022 – Membership reaches 20,000

Our structure

Anyone interested is welcome to become a member of YSI.  Although most of our members are PhD students in economics, there are no age-requirements or academic pre-requisites.

Organizers are those members willing to take an active role in the community may become organizers. Organizers take responsibility for projects like webinars and workshops. Interested in becoming an organizer? Learn more here.

Each working group has two or three coordinators, who serve as the primary points of contact for new members and support organizers in their projects. 

An elected body of experienced YSI members, the Community Board  advises the working groups and YSI Management on broad developments and the health of the community. 

Also known as the YSI Team, these are INET staffers who are responsible for the administration of the whole YSI community.  Email them at [email protected]

YSI is an initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) in New York. INET carefully incubates new economic thinking within the academy and beyond, guiding the field away from economic orthodoxy so that it can free itself of inertia and past failures. 

Together we explore our curiosity in economics.

Browse the working groups to see the different topical areas we work on.