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The group of students and alumni responsible for this blog, Open Economics ND, has launched a petition seeking to save and strengthn the Department of Economics and Policy Studies at Notre Dame, which has recently been handed a death sentence. Signing this petition will ensure that the administration cannot close the department with impunity. The petition reads:

A Petition to Save and Strengthen a Liberal Arts Economics Education at Notre Dame

Dean John McGreevy and the Administration at the University of Notre Dame have recently announced plans to dissolve the Department of Economics and Policy Studies. This will effectively eliminate pluralism and alternative perspectives from the economics education offered at the University of Notre Dame.

The mission of the Department of Economics and Policy Studies is to teach economics and to conduct research in a distinctive way that is: “Committed to values and socio-economic justice. Open to alternative theories and approaches. Interested in devising effective policies. Providing students with solid training in economics that matters.” (http://econpolicy.nd.edu/about)

We – the undersigned students, alumni, faculty, and supporters of a liberal arts economics education – oppose the decision to close the Department of Economics and Policy Studies and call for a strengthening of the liberal arts approach to economics education at Notre Dame.

Please sign the below petition, spread the word, and if possible send an email to the Dean John.T.McGreevy.5@nd.edu and Provost tburish@nd.edu . Let them know who you are and express your disapproval of “the decision to undermine a liberal arts economics education at Notre Dame.” Please also send a copy of your message to OpenEconomicsND@gmail.com so that we can keep track of the campaign and inform you about the results.
This department’s closing is a local symptom of a global problem. Take action: please sign the petition, tweet it, blog it, and send it to everyone you know who is concerned with the future of the economics discipline.

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