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#10yearsafter: Launch of pluralist economic accreditation system

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Gabriella Ramos, Chief of Staff, OECD, Ann Pettifor, Trustee of Promoting Economic Pluralism, and others will launch a new international consultation on a pluralist economics accreditation system. In 2013 following the failure to 'see the Crash coming', the Royal Economics Society steering group on teaching after the crisis recommended more pluralist economics teaching. However the curriculum as the International Student Initiative for Pluralist Economics reported remains totally dominated by neo-classical economics. Hence we have decided to launch a new initiative to highlight the lack of reform in the economics profession and facilitate a debate on what a pluralist economics curriculum should look like.

Gabriela Ramos is the OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20. Besides supporting the Strategic Agenda of the Secretary General, she is responsible for the contributions of the Organisation to the global agenda, including the G20 and the G7. She leads the Inclusive Growth Initiative and the New Approaches to Economic Challenges and also oversees the work on Education, Employment and Social Affairs (including gender).

Previously, she served as Head of the OECD Office in Mexico and Latin America, co-ordinating several reports on Mexico to advance the health and education reform. She developed the OECD’s Mexico Forum and edited and launched the “Getting it Right” flagship publication series.

Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Ramos held several positions in the Mexican Government, including Director of Economic Affairs (and OECD issues) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Technical Secretary at the Office of the Minister for the Budget. She has also held several positions as Professor of International Economy at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Ms Ramos holds an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright and Ford MacArthur fellow. She was decorated with the Ordre du Merit by the President of France, François Hollande, in 2013.

Ann Pettifor is Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME), and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Political Economy Research Centre of City University, London. Her background is in sovereign debt. Ann was one of the leaders in the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign, which succeeded in writing off $100 billion of debts owed by 42 of the poorest countries. Ann was also one of the few to correctly predict the credit crunch of 2007 in NEF's Real World Economic Outlook (Palgrave 2003) and in her book The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave 2006).

Additionally, Ann is co-author of The Green New Deal, a transformational economic programme published by NEF(July 2008) and designed to substantially reduce the use of fossil fuels while in the process tackling unemployment and the decline in demand caused by the credit crunch of 2007. She is also co-author of the Green New Deal group’s The Cuts Won’t Work and of PRIME’s ground-breaking analysis of 100 years of UK public debt and its impact: The Economic Consequences of Mr. Osborne. Her latest publication is “The Production of Money: How to break the power of the Banks” published by Verso in February 2017.

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