December 1998 Issue
And what Johnny (and Jane) needs to know to understand the economy.
Top of the Ninth
Do We Know Enough About Economics?
Top of the Ninth
Economic Literacy Survey
Results of the Economic Literacy Survey
Econ 101: Is this the Best Way to Teach Economics?
Questions about the teaching of economics in high school and college.
The Net: The Coming Revolution in Teaching Economics
Publishers of economic textbooks look toward the Web
Economists in The Region on their student experiences and the need for economic literacy
Quotes from Alan Blinder, Robert Lucas and others on the need for economic literacy.
- Economic Literacy Survey Demographics
Economic Education at the Fed
A brief overview of the Federal Reserve's involvement in economic education efforts.
From Morality to Moscow
Special section includes seven papers from leading authorities on economic literacy
- Hope and Danger for Economic Literacy
Why it's Important to Understand Economics
Some may think that economics is too difficult a subject to be taught to children and youth, and that such instruction should wait until college. Nothing could be more incorrect.
Moral Misunderstanding and the Justification of Markets
I suggest that many of our students, including some of our most thoughtful ones, are reluctant to let themselves be captured by the economic way of thinking because they see economic theory as at bottom an elaborate justification for an immoral society.
How Economists Can Improve Economic Education
Teaching them well is part of the solution. But it is not enough. We should increase our participation in programs designed to provide economic training for K-12 economics teachers.
Who Values Economic Literacy?
Even if we had better data on total dollar value of this support for economic education, we would not be able to identify the benefits to an individual on completing a course or curriculum in economics.
The Challenge of Economic Literacy in Post-Soviet Countries
Russia's economic crisis is the most immediate, but fear runs through the other transition economies of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. What can economic literacy mean in a region where the road to a market economy is so rough?
The Case for Economics in the Elementary Classroom
If economics is such an integral part of people's lives and an understanding of economics is critical in helping people comprehend the modern world and make decisions that shape the future, then why isn't economics taught in the schools beginning in the elementary grades?