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Teaching Economics

thomas2304 Wrote: Jul 03, 2012 12:51 PM
The First Law of economics is T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L. (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)
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...