Discover Economics is a Royal Economic Society campaign to increase diversity in economics. We work to:
- Broaden the appeal of economics to potential students
- Change their perceptions of economics and economists
- Attract more students from under-represented groups (women, state school and further education college students, ethnic minorities members of the LGBTQI+ community and more).
The campaign targets 15-17 year olds – young people who are making choices about what post-16 qualifications to take and what subjects to study at university. We work to transform perceptions of economics among students, particularly those attending schools where it is not provided as a subject. We also work to raise the voices of a more diverse set of economists and expose students to role models already working in the subject.
Economics has a diversity problem. State school and black students are under-represented among economics undergraduates and fewer than 30% of economics students are women.
The lack of diversity among economics students is a problem because economists – who occupy key policy roles in government departments and the Bank of England – need to reflect the society that they are helping to shape. By not studying economics, these students also miss out on a degree that often leads to high-paid and rewarding future careers.
At Discover Economics our vision is a world in which economics attracts the brightest and best irrespective of their background. In which potential students see economists as being people just like them and are excited by the idea of studying economics.