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What We Teach and What We Do

  • David Colander

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Fifty years ago what we taught in the principles of economics course reflected reasonably well what we did in our research. That, however, is no longer the case; today what we teach has a more nuanced relation to what we do. The reason is that the economics profession and the texts have evolved differently. This paper deals with the implications of the changes that have occurred in the profession for the way economics is taught and the way economics is presented in the micro principles textbooks. First, it summarizes the changes I see happening in the profession. Second, it discusses the stories that the principles texts tell in micro. Third, it discusses how those stories might change to better reflect what economists currently do.

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Paper provided by Middlebury College, Department of Economics in its series Middlebury College Working Paper Series with number 0426.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2004
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Handle: RePEc:mdl:mdlpap:0426
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  1. John J. Donohue & Steven D. Levitt, 2001. "The Impact Of Legalized Abortion On Crime," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 116(2), pages 379-420, May.
  2. David Colander, 2004. "The Art of Teaching Economics," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 3(1), pages 63-76.
  3. David Colander, 2000. "New Millennium Economics: How Did It Get This Way, and What Way Is It?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 14(1), pages 121-132, Winter.
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