New Approaches to Economic Challenges

The New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) initiative  develops a systemic perspective on interconnected challenges with strategic partners, identifies the analytical and policy tools needed to understand them, and crafts the narratives best able to convey them to policymakers.

December 2020 ¦ July 2020 ¦ New Decade New Approaches (2020) ¦ December 2019 ¦ May 2019 ¦ December 2018  ¦ June 2018 ¦ Autumn 2017


What's new?




The Financial System (OECD, 2020)

Beyond Growth - Towards a New Economic Approach (OECD, 2020)

Systemic Thinking for Policy Making - The Potential of Systems Analysis for Addressing Global Policy Challenges in the 21 Century (OECD, 2020)

Análisis de temas de actualidad: Nuevos enfoques ante los retos económicos (14 August 2020) / Debate the Issues: New Approaches to Economic Challenges

Análisis de temas de actualidad: Complejidad y formulación de políticas públicas (14 August 2020) / Debate the Issues: Complexity and Policymaking



Move over Data, Brain Capital is the New Oil, Psychiatric Times (14 January 2021)
The Brain Economy, RSA Issue 3 2020
Combine resilience and efficiency in post-COVID societiesNature (8 December 2020)
A Brain Capital Grand Strategy: toward economic reimagination, Molecular Psychiatry (26 October 2020)
Resilient Financial Systems Can Soften the Next Global Financial Crisis, Challenge (October 2020)


Averting Systemic Collapse


Confronting Planetary Emergencies - Solving Human Problems (9 October 2020)
Confronting Planetary Emergencies - Note to Journalists


Tacking Coronavirus - COVID-19 Exit Strategies and Lessons


Exit Strategies and Lessons from Covid-19

A Systemic Resilience Approach to Dealing with Covid-19 and Future Shocks

Bouncing forward: a resilience approach to dealing with COVID-19 and future systemic shocks, published in Environmental Systems and Decisions; National Institutes of Health Nature US National Library of Medicine Public Health Emergency Collection and WHO COVID-19 Global literature on Coronavirus Disease (25 May 2020) 

Systemic Resilience as a Response to Covid-19, published in MigResHub at the Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, European University Institute (September 2020)


Italian Presidency of G20


Dialogues considering and preparing key priorities for the Italian Presidency of the G20 

Move over Data, Brain Capital is the New Oil, Psychiatric Times (14 January 2021)
The Brain Economy, RSA Issue 3 2020
Combine resilience and efficiency in post-COVID societies, Nature (8 December 2020)
The Pandemic is Revealing a New Form of National Power, Uri Friedman, The Atlantic (15 November 2020)
Piketty: "La política monetaria puede ser parte de la solución, pero no toda” (Piketty: "Monetary policy can be part of the solution, but not all of it", Ignacio Fariza, El Pais (10 October 2020)
Michael D Higgins: Pandemic has highlighted economic injustice in Ireland, (10 October 2020)
Michael D Higgins says world must ‘reflect on systemic weaknesses’ in society exposed by COVID-19, The Irish Post (10 October 2020)
Covid lessons should be used to tackle inequality, climate change says Irish President Michael D. HigginsThe Irish Times (9 October 2020)
Covid recovery will stem from digital business, Rana Foroohar, The Financial Times (4 October 2020)
OECD’s NAEC publishes a tour de force in The Financial SystemInstitute and Faculty of Actuaries (30 September 2020)
Thinking Beyond Growth, Andrew Sheng, The Statesman (28 September 2020)
Covid-19 drives leaders to make unprecedented interventions but what next?, Larry Elliott, The Guardian (13 September 2020)
From Just in Time to Just in Case, featuring the Open Markets Institute/NAEC Roundtable, Rana Foroohar, The Financial Times (4 May 2020)
Economists need to abandon their comfort zones to deal with Covid-19, Rana Foroohar, The Financial Times (3 May 2020)
Coronavirus crisis lays bare the risks of financial leverage, again, Martin Wolf, The Financial Times (28 April 2020)

>> More NAEC in the media

Upcoming Events





Admiral William H. McRaven and Tom Leppert




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  27 January (15:30-16:30)

  OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France





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John Kay 






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  17 February (15:00-16:00)

  OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France






Stephanie Kelton






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  25 February (15:00-16:00)

  OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France


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