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The inheritance of heterodox economic thought: an examination of history of economic thought textbooks


  • Mary V. Wrenn

    () (Weber State University)


The inheritance of heterodox economics hinges upon the degree to which the next generation is exposed to the history of the discipline’s thought. The potential to include heterodox thought into the curriculum presents itself most easily through history of economic thought classes. The potential is limited by the professor, but it is also circumscribed by the material presented or withheld in history of economic thought textbooks. If included, the presentation of heterodox methodologies and philosophies impresses upon students the relevance and importance of pluralism and dissenting views and by consequence, the future course of the discipline. This research seeks to examine the presentation of heterodox economics in history of economic thought textbooks and to assess the amount of space dedicated to its study and further, to explore how textbook adoption impacts the inheritance and heritage of heterodox thought and philosophy.

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  • Mary V. Wrenn, 2009. "The inheritance of heterodox economic thought: an examination of history of economic thought textbooks," The Journal of Philosophical Economics, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, The Journal of Philosophical Economics, vol. 2(2), pages 78-98, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bus:jphile:v:2:y:2009:i:2:p:78-98

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    heterodox economics; history of economic thought; education;

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    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches


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