How should macroeconomics be taught to undergraduates in the post-crisis era? A concrete proposal

Wendy Carlin, David Soskice 25 October 2012

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This column is a lead commentary in the VoxEU Debate "What's the use of economics?"

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Topics:  Education Frontiers of economic research

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What’s the use of economics? Introduction to the Vox debate

Diane Coyle 19 September 2012

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This column is a lead commentary in the VoxEU Debate "What's the use of economics?"

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Topics:  Education Frontiers of economic research Global crisis

Tags:  education, Economics, global crisis, teaching

A “modest” intellectual discipline

Gilles Saint-Paul 19 September 2009

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The current crisis has spurred a debate on the training and usefulness of economists. Some contend that economists are useless since they failed to forecast the crisis. Others claim that their training is inadequate because it relies heavily on applied mathematics at the expense of a broad view of how the economy works, informed by other disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and political science.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  economists, Economics, global crisis

The crisis of 2008: Structural lessons for and from economics

Daron Acemoglu,

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Mon, 01/12/2009

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Structural lessons for and from economics

Daron Acemoglu 12 January 2009

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The global crisis is also a critical opportunity for the discipline of economics – an opportunity to disabuse ourselves of notions we should not have so gullibly accepted. Notions such as the unqualified support for market deregulation or the dismissal of aggregate volatility now come through as frivolous fads, while abstractions from the institutional foundations of markets seem naïve. These limitations call for self-analysis and reflection, and hopefully new research by young economists.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  Economics, 2008 crisis, intellectual complaisance

Do remedial mathematics courses help economics students?

Johan Lagerlöf, Andrew Seltzer 09 August 2008

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University-level economics makes extensive use of basic mathematics. As many economics professors can testify, this makes the subject difficult for less technically able students. Moreover, expanding participation in higher education (as has been targeted by the UK government) may further worsen the problem.

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Topics:  Education

Tags:  Economics, mathematics, remedial course