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Culture of Economic Expertise. International Workshop. Warsaw, January 25th, 2019.

The Metaeconomics Unit at the Polish Economic Institute in Warsaw (Poland) is organizing a workshop on “Culture of Economic Expertise”. The workshop will conclude a series of interdisciplinary seminars discussing various perspectives on expertise and expert performance, including economics, knowledge management, philosophy, sociology and psychology. The organizers invite academics who investigate the practice of economic expertise, non-academic professionals reflectively practising their own economic expertise activities, and non-academic clients who systematically support their decisions with economic expert assistance to take part in the workshop.

The practice of the economics profession can be investigated in terms of two autonomous cultures of knowledge production, communication and utilization – the scientific culture and the expertise culture. Whereas the former has traditionally been at the centre of philosophical attention, the latter is still theoretically underdeveloped. The workshop is intended to fill this gap and, instead of focusing on “economist as impartial scientist”, will concentrate on the “economist as independent expert” (“public intellectual”, “preacher”, “therapist”, “policy advisor”, “engineer”, “designer”, “plumber”). Practices which fall within the domain of economic expertise include consulting, auditing, business analytics, forecasting, policy advising or R&D.

Confirmed keynotes:

  • Prof. Marcel Boumans (Utrecht University School of Economics)
  • Prof. Steve Fuller (University of Warwick)
  • Prof. María Jiménez-Buedo (UNED Madrid)

Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

09:00Opening address: Director of the Polish Economic Institute - Piotr Arak
Session I:
09:15Marcel Boumans (Utrecht University School of Economics), This Looks Right
10:45Coffee break
Session II:
11:00Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik (KUL), Value-Judgements and Limits of Economic Expertise
11:30Carlo Martini (UniSR-Milan, TINT-Helsinki), Trust in Economists and Economics
12:00Hanna Trojanowska (PW), The Culture of Economic Expertise and Its Impact on Cities
12:30Piotr Makowski (WZ UW), Economic Expertise and Political Innocence
Session III:
14:00Steve Fuller (University of Warwick), Are Academics the Last Class of Rentiers in Neo-Liberal Society?
15:30Coffee break
15:45Panel discussion:
Good and Bad Practices in Economic Expertise
/moderation – Piotr Arak (PIE)/

• Marcel Boumans (Utrecht University School of Economics)
• Marcin Kędzierski (Klub Jagielloński)
• Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)
• Mateusz Walewski (Chief Economist at the Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego and Director of Research and Analyses Department)
17:00Coffee break
Session IV:
17:15Maria Jimenez-Buedo (UNED Madrid), Economic Expertise and Populism
18:45Closing address

Organizers: Department of Metaeconomics at the Polish Economic Institute (

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