Our bridge to the wider world

Dr Michal Horvath, on behalf of the staff at Economics at York.

Economics at York has a long tradition of engagement with the wider community. Ever since the establishment of our department in the 1960s, it has been an integral part of its mission to use the best available tools of economic analysis to inform public debate on issues that matter to British society and the world beyond. This blog is one of the ways in which we will continue this tradition into the 21st century.

There are currently around 50 academics based in the Economics Department at York. We collectively cover an incredibly wide range of topics in economics and, importantly, other related fields such as finance and economic history. Some of our recent research has been about understanding why people earn what they earn, how the Sicilian mafia makes its money, and what smoking habits imply about how unequal British society may be in terms of health.

We spend a lot of our time communicating with colleagues in other economics departments in a language largely inaccessible even for people with a keen interest in the topics that we study. We share anecdotes from our life with students in classrooms but rarely write them down so that others could think about them too. We talk to policy makers in various fora, some of which we organise ourselves, but a lot of information of public interest does not conventionally find its way out from behind these closed doors.

This website is one way in which we wish to change that. This blog will be our bridge to the wider world, so that the things we are currently thinking about can be shared and discussed more widely. It will be a two-way bridge. We are interested in hearing the views of our audience, and there will be a comments section to accompany each blog.

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Finally, a note on the content: we would like this blog to provide space for authentic contributions with a personal touch. For this reason, entries are unedited. The posts are thus the sole responsibility of the author of the text, and their content does not necessarily reflect the views of the department as a whole, and should not be considered an official communication of the department.