December 7, 2006

What we learn when we learn economics

Category: Academic,Books/Articles,Politics — Biella @ 6:13 am

At the University of Chicago, the Department of Economics was right across from my home-stomping ground, the Anthropology Department. Less than 30 seconds away, the world views and methodologies packaged for students were actually much much further apart not do to physical space but mind space.

Though “there” (not physically the whole time) for 8 years and now gone for two, it only today, this morning before the sun has arisen, when I have had more concerte exposure to what econ undergraduate students get taught during an introductory course thanks to a very well-written article, What We Learn When We Learn Economics.

The article’s author is clearly biased in certain respects but what is nice is that he demonstrates well that the articulation of a largely free-trade, market-heavy theory of economics made famous by a group of Chicagoans, which is given in the name of neutrality, is also, like any sort of model, not free entirely from bias and blinders. And whatever your take on free trade economics is, the article is quite well-written so take a dip!

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  1. Interesting, that is exactly why I study economics as an extra course – I want to understand the mindset that so heavily influences every aspect of our globalized world. Wish you some interesting research!

    Comment by aguafuertes — December 7, 2006 @ 6:36 am

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