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Teaching Economics

jrbaco Wrote: Jul 03, 2012 5:31 PM
I don't know of anyone on TH recommending tariffs, that is typically union backed talked to make pricing more competitive (i.e. "level the playing field"...what kind of talk does that sound like). As to stemming immigration, this relates to ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. No one is trying to kick out folks that are engineers or doctors that come for advanced education and want to stay, it's the mass of unskilled folks that come and have babies that end up on welfare (i.e. non-productive folks) that U.S. citizens aren't real happy about. As to "Opportunity Costs".....see above sentence about welfare to support future generations that are resultant from illegal immigration. You can also file Solyndra under that.
Having taught economics at a number of colleges for a number of years, I especially welcomed a feature article in the June 22nd issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, on how economics courses with the same name can be very different at different colleges. It can also be very different when the course is taught by professors in the same department who have different approaches.

The usefulness of the three approaches described in the article depends on what the introductory course is trying to accomplish.

One professor taught the subject through a steady diet of mathematical models. If the introductory economics course...