Teaching economics. New Developments In Economic Education

In 2001 French economics students petitioned their professors for a more realistic and pluralist teaching of economics. Since then, several books have been written on how to teach pluralist economics, including John Groenewegen’s Teaching Pluralism in Economics (Edward Elgar, 2007); Edward Fullbrook’s Pluralist Economics (Zed, 2009) and Jack Reardon’s Handbook of Pluralist Economics Education (Routledge, 2009). A new journal exclusively devoted to discussing how to implement pluralism in the classroom – the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education – was founded by Jack Reardon. And several global organizations- the World Economic Association, the Association of Heterodox Economics, besides the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics, for example – have emphasized the need for changes in economics curriculum.

Considering this background, this blog welcomes all the attempts that emphasize the need for further changes in teaching economics.  

The 2014 new title New Developments In Economic Education, edited by Franklin G. Mixon and Richard J. Cebula, offers the opportunity of reflecting on strategies for effectively and efficiently teaching economics at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Among the suggestions, the reading of the book provides various techniques to retain the interest of students while engaging them to apply both theoretical and methodological tools to a range of real-world problems. The editors aim to gather contributions related to a wide set of insights and ideas for improving the overall quality of economic education to future generations of scholars. Each essay addresses a specific topic in the teaching of economics with discussions in classroom techniques and strategies, from effective classroom demonstrations to the use of literature and film in illustrating economic principles.


1. A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down: Why Good Content is Never Enough
Wayne Geerling and G. Dirk Mateer

2. A Classroom Federal Funds Market Experiment
Denise Hazlett

3. An Improved In-Class Bargaining Demonstration
Calvin Blackwell

4. Bo Knows Property Rights and Futures Markets:
Economics in Trading Places
Michael R. Hammock and Art Carden

5. Crony Capitalism in The Gilded Age by Twain and Dudley and its Relevance for Today
Michelle Albert Vachris

6. Including Short Stories in Economics Courses
Philip J. Ruder

7. Some Brief Syllabus Advice for the Young Economist
Emily Chamlee-Wright and Joshua C. Hall

8. Using Literature to Teach the Economics of the Soviet-Type and Centrally-Planned Economies
Zenon X. Zygmont

9. Not So Bleak House: Business and Entrepreneurship in Dickens
Sarah E. Skwire

10. Beyond the Can Opener: A Top Ten List of Economics Humor
Yoram Bauman

11. Can’t See the Tacking for the Trees? Try a Coasian Solution
Scott A Beaulier, Franklin G. Mixon, Jr. and Richard J. Cebula

12. Teaching the Economics of Income Tax Evasion
Richard J. Cebula and Maggie Foley

13. The Black Market and the Silver Screen: Economics in The Third Man
Michael R. Hammock and Art Carden

14. Assessing the Economic and Financial Knowledge of Adults
Kenneth C. Rebeck and William B. Walstad

15. Success in the Economics Major: Is it Path Dependent?
Carlos J. Asarta, Roger B. Butters and Andrew Perumal

16. Economic Literacy and Policy Perceptions during the Financial Crisis
Paul W. Grimes, Kevin E. Rogers and William D. Bosshardt

17. The Effects of Legalized Cheating in the Economics Classroom
Joel M. Potter and John L. Scott

18. Instructor Attractiveness and Institutional Choice in Economics: A Decomposition Approach.

Trellis G. Green, Franklin G. Mixon, Jr. and Len J. Treviño

19. Do Clickers Enhance Student Performance in Economics?.

Joel M. Potter and John L. Scott

Source: https://www.e-elgar.com/bookentry_main.lasso?id=15538&sub_values=

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