Teaching Tools: Should We Teach Microeconomic Principles before Macroeconomic Principles?
AbstractNo consensus exists about the optimal sequencing of economics principles courses. The authors show that most top-ranked economics departments either do not specify an ordering or require macroeconomics first, while most textbooks present macroeconomics before microeconomics. Using a national economic education database, they find that students learn more in principles of microeconomics after taking a course in macroeconomics. However, students do not learn more in principles of macroeconomics after taking a course in microeconomics. This implies that, ceteris paribus, principles of macroeconomics should be taught before principles of microeconomics for optimal student learning. Copyright 1995 by Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 33 (1995)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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