"Economic thinking proceeds both by accumulation and elimination. Elimination is not always for the best. The global financial crisis is a vivid example. Many discarded theories turned out to be relevant. More knowledge of history of thought would have prepared us better" (Olivier Blanchard).
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The Objectives of the Society
"The objectives of the society shall be to promote:
4.1 teaching and research in the history of economic thought in Europe, taking account of different traditions and languages.
4.2 cooperation with European national economic societies and organisations in the history of economic thought;
4.3 communications and the exchange of ideas amongst European teachers and researchers in the history of economic thought, including conferences, seminars and summer schools;
4.4 the establishment of links with national economic societies and organisations for the history of economic thought outside Europe;
4.5 innovative methods in the teaching of the history of economic thought;
4.6 collaborative research in the history of economic thought on a European basis."
(Constitution of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought, Article 4)