Engaging students in the WEA Online Discussion Forum: strategies to promote learning

The WEA On-line Conferences format, designed by Edward Fullbrook and Grazia Ietto-Gillies, makes full use of the digital technologies in the pursuit of the commitments included in the World Economics Association Manifesto: plurality, competence, reality and relevance, diversity, openness, outreach, ethical conduct, and global democracy. The WEA On-line Conferences seek to also engage graduate and undergraduate students considering: (a) the variety of theoretical perspectives; (b) the range of human activities and issues which fall within the broad domain of economics; and (c) the study of the world’s diverse economies.

The current conference is The European crisis. It is being led by distinguished professors Victor Becker, Beniamino Moro and James Galbraith.  The purpose of the online Conference is to analyze the current crisis in the countries of the Eurozone. After the 2008 financial meltdown, the American crisis soon infected the European financial system, becoming both a sovereign debt crisis and a banking debacle in many peripheral Euro area countries.  The European crisis has shown that crisis can spread quickly among closely integrated economies. The implementation of austerity policies, prompted by the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF) have reinforced a spiral of economic contractions, and provoked a rising political rebellion against austerity, inspired in part (and especially in Spain, but also to a degree in Greece) by the successful exit from crisis of the South American countries in the past decade. The conference would like especially to address the questions of social stabilization, strategies for structural reform and economic growth, and monetary, financial and debt management that may be used to frame a new economic model for Europe.

The Discussion Forum is now open. The interactive format of Conferences provides an on-line forum for visitors and commentators. All participants will be able to send comments on specific papers, or to contribute to a general discussion on the conference theme.The Leaders of the conference moderate these comments prior to posting to ensure no libellous or hateful language.

Within the Discussion Forum, students share thoughts, review ideas of others and explore new perspectives. The Wea leaders encourage students to submit comments to the following papers http://europeancrisis2015.weaconferences.net/papers/.

1) Greece: Conditions and Strategies for Economic Recovery

D.B. Papadimitriou, M. Nikiforos, G. Zezza

2) Signaling imbalances in the EMU

Nicola Acocella

3) The euro, long-run convergence and the impact of the crises

Enrico Marelli and Marcello Signorelli

4) A Euro Area Government – A Dream Come True?

Tom Vleeschhouwer and Tara Koning

5) Parallel currencies, Varoufakis’ plan B and the ongoing debate on Euro

Jacques Sapir

6) Economic Policy and Political Power in European Crises

Gerson P. Lima

7) The Euro Area’s Experience with Unconventional Monetary Policy

Cristiano Boaventura Duarte, André de Melo Modenesi

8) At the Root of Economic Fluctuations: Expectations, Preferences and Innovation. Theoretical Framework and Empirical Evidences.

Carmelo Ferlito

9) Unemployment around the North Atlantic, 1948-2014

Merijn Knibbe

  1. Martin said:

    Useful what they do at Educaloxy. Educaloxy is so far spread, they’re in countries I have barely even hear of.

    • Maria Alejandra Madi said:

      Thanks Martin, Could you send to us further information about Educaloxy?


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