Does your econ department care about new ideas?

The Reteaching Economics network is a group of early-career economics teachers interested in moving the teaching of economics on from nonsense like this: to something a little bit more resembling the actual world which students expected to be finding out about when they signed up for an Economics undergraduate[1]. They are inspired by the incredible Rethinking … Continue reading “Does your econ department care about new ideas?”

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Does your department care about tax havens?

Oxfam published a press release yesterday containing an open letter to world leaders calling for them to “make significant moves towards ending the era of tax havens” which are “distorting the working of the global economy”. This seems to me like a pretty important intervention, and it’s a rare opportunity for economists to use their variably-justified … Continue reading “Does your department care about tax havens?”

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Economists should start doing themselves out of a job

The reason why teaching undergrads is the best job I’ve ever done is because interacting with intelligent, energetic people is not the once-in-a-while happy coincidence it is in most jobs, but it’s the central purpose of what you’re supposed to be doing. Sure, there are the hours of marking, the jocks, the whingers (colleagues that … Continue reading “Economists should start doing themselves out of a job”

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How to make an economist

I’ve often asked myself, in self doubting moments and imposter-syndrome-rich night sweat events, what the difference is really between a person who says they are an economist and, well, just a person. Can I really lay any claim to be something other than the averagely well-informed news media-consuming citizen? Certainly a lot of what I covered in my MSc … Continue reading “How to make an economist”

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