Rethinking Economics NYC is a volunteer based organization. We are the New York chapter of Rethinking Economics, an international network of students, thinkers and citizens, coming together to demystify, diversify, and invigorate economics, and educate ourselves, other economists, and the general public in a more diverse and reflective way.
We are a founding signatory to the recent International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics.
The members of the New York organizing committee are:
THOMAS VASS – Thomas holds an MA in Economics from The New School for Social Research and a M.Sc. in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from London School of Economics. He is the founder of the New York chapter of Rethinking Economics. Academically, Thomas works on elucidating the philosophical implications of the assumptions and arguments made in mainstream microeconomics, in particular the arguments that markets are efficient.
RAPHAELE CHAPPE – Raphaele is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics at The New School for Social Research. Prior to that, she practiced as a tax attorney for eight years in the financial services industry. She is a faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, The Culture of Finance Working Group at the Institute of Public Knowledge, and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Financial Engineering at NYU. In her research, she is interested in understanding the factors that shape the evolution of wealth and inequality for investors, the paradigm of “risk” and “risk management” in finance, and the regulation of risk. She is also very interested in philosophy and the history of economic thought.
ELIRA KARAJA – Elira is an postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University. She holds a PhD in Economics and a MSc in Business and Economics. Her research focus on the interlink between Development and Transition Economics, Political Economy, and Economic History for transition and emerging economies. Interested in conducting research that inform policy efforts on issues of governance, anti corruption and state building. Elira has received research fellowships from the Italian Ministry of Education, the European Commission, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. She conducted her PhD research at UC Berkeley Economics Department and BEHL and as research affiliate at the IRiSS. Currently board member of the Economic Development Committee, Young Professionals UNA-USA.
PEDRO CADENAS – Pedro is a PhD student in economics at NSSR. He completed a MSc in Philosophy and Human Sciences and holds an M.B.A in Finance. He is an adjunct instructor at the department of economics of Fordham university. Prior to his graduate studies in economics, Pedro accumulated 10 years of professional experience between corporate and public finance. Through theoretical and applied work, he is interested in interdisciplinary research in economics (encompassing cognitive sciences, psychology and philosophy) that focuses on improving our understanding of human behavior / human decisions.
JOE SEYDL – Joe holds an MSc in Economics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Lehigh University. He is currently working as a junior economist in the financial sector. His academic interests include questioning the normative foundations of economic modeling (both micro and macro) and exploring the connection between welfare economics and public policy. In his spare time, Joe also volunteers with New York Needs You, an organization dedicated to increasing economic mobility for low-income college students.
GEORGE LIU – George is currently a student of economics at Columbia University, where he serves as the Director of Economics at the Columbia Economics Society. He is a founding organizer of Rethinking Economics NYC and is also a member of the California Economic Summit Infrastructure Committee, where he works with fellow economists and policymakers to address California’s ailing infrastructure system and 10-year, $765 billion public infrastructure deficit through formulating concrete policy recommendations for the state legislature.
SARAH THOMAS – Sarah is a MA candidate at New York University’s Gallatin School where she has designed an individualized degree on the History and Philosophy of Economics. Her thesis centers on the history of empiricism in economics. She is interested in changes to economics curricula and increasing economic literacy through online learning platforms. Her academic interests aside from economic thought are in the areas of development and economic mobility.