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Using Art (Paintings, Drawings, and Engravings) to Teach Economics


  • Michael Watts
  • Chineze Christopher


The authors provide a brief review of how economists have dealt with art in their research and more popular writings, and then consider the case that has been made for using art and other visual materials in general education and—in very few cases—to teach economics. A new Web site on Art and Economics is introduced that makes it easier for economics instructors to find and use art with their students. They discuss several different ways of using the art in classes, and provide a table with over 50 paintings from the Introduction slide show at the Web site to illustrate the range of economic concepts and issues that can be taught with art.

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  • Michael Watts & Chineze Christopher, 2012. "Using Art (Paintings, Drawings, and Engravings) to Teach Economics," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(4), pages 408-422, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:43:y:2012:i:4:p:408-422
    DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2012.714317

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    1. Mohsen Edalati, 2017. "Harmonizing Teaching Tools with Cognitive Learning Outcomes in the Teaching of Economics," International Journal of Economics and Finance, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 9(1), pages 119-129, January.

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