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Teaching comparative economic systems 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union

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  • Johnson, Marianne
  • Kovzik, Alexander

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Twenty-five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, we reflect on contemporary teaching of undergraduate comparative economic systems (CES). Using qualitative and quantitative measures, we consider how the field responded to the collapse by examining CES textbooks from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. We also consider how the dissolution of the Soviet Union affected economics course offerings at the undergraduate level. Based on our findings, we suggest two strategies for reimagining CES for the 21st century by: (1) changing textbook organization and content, and (2) incorporating more comparative economic concepts throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

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  • Johnson, Marianne & Kovzik, Alexander, 2016. "Teaching comparative economic systems 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union," International Review of Economics Education, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 23-33.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ireced:v:22:y:2016:i:c:p:23-33
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iree.2016.04.001
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    Keywords

    Comparative economics systems; Undergraduate economics curriculum; Teaching undergraduates; Soviet Union;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General

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