Is undergraduate economics curriculum relevant?

  • Title: Is undergraduate economics curriculum relevant?
    Year: 2011
    Keyword(s): undergraduates, economics, teaching, introductory economics
    Description: Introductory economics textbook models and theories are simple, intuitive, and elegant. Another thing they have in common is they are not supported by the data. Textbook models such as exchange rate determination are reviewed and compared to empirical literature. It is argued that much of the material taught in intro courses is irrelevant for many students. Three major sources or irrelevance are identified. First, many of the theories have no external validation. Second, some are incomplete. Students need to take additional courses for understanding these incomplete theories. Last, textbooks do not describe nor discuss aspects of the economy that would be of great interest for any citizen. This work asks how the teaching of introductory economics can become more useful and attractive for the majority of students, especially those who do not seek a degree in economics.
    Notes: Presented on June 4, 2011 at the Canadian Economics Association annual conference held at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario.
    Peer Reviewed: No
    Type of Item: Conference Materials
    DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.1913435
    Publication Information: Colonescu, C. (2011, June). Is undergraduate economics curriculum relevant? Paper presented at the conference of the Canadian Economics Association, Ottawa, ON. doi:10.2139/ssrn.1913435
    Language: English