This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities. The Heart of Teaching Economics serves not only as a welcome resource for scholars and students of economics, but as a guidebook - and inspiration - for those who will help to shape the minds of future economists.
'These interviews will prove illuminating for anybody who teaches economics, novice or old hand alike. They show that it takes deep knowledge of the subject, empathy and hard work to be a good teacher - and also that the greatest teachers bring tremendous energy and creativity to the task of inspiring students with that passion to understand and improve the world that defines economics at its best. An inspiring book for those of us who care about the next generation of economists.' - Diane Coyle, author of The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters 'Everyone remembers their favourite teacher. The testimonies recorded here provide a great insight into the minds of some of the most popular and successful to have graced a lecture hall. The range of styles is wide, but the theme of inspiration is common to all. This book will be of tremendous interest to any aspiring teacher. It will also appeal to anyone who wonders why their inspiration to understand economics still burns brightly so many years after their last lecture.' - Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England 'Are you a freshly minted economics PhD, dumped clueless in front of your first class? Or are you an experienced and good teacher, trying to raise your game to the next level? In either case, this book offers you a whole course of master classes. Simon Bowmaker deserves the economics profession's thanks for bringing together these gems of ideas and suggestions from our best practitioners of the art of teaching.' - Avinash Dixit, Princeton University, US
Contents: Foreword Robert M. Solow Introduction Simon W. Bowmaker PART I: FUNDAMENTALS 1. Principles of Microeconomics Robert Frank 2. Principles of Macroeconomics John Taylor 3. Intermediate Microeconomics Steven Landsburg 4. Intermediate Macroeconomics Robert Gordon PART II: TOOLS 5. Game Theory Ben Polak, 6. Econometrics William Greene 7. Behavioural Economics David Laibson PART III: APPLICATIONS History 8. History of Economic Thought Steven Medema 9. Economic History Barry Eichengreen Microeconomics 10. Public Economics Caroline Hoxby 11. Health Economics David Cutler 12. Urban Economics Edward Glaeser 13. Industrial Organization Luis Cabral 14. Family Economics Shoshana Grossbard 15. Labour Economics Daniel Hamermesh 16. Race and Gender Nancy Folbre 17. Environmental Economics John List 18. Law and Economics David Friedman International and Macroeconomics 19. International Trade Gene Grossman 20. Development Economics William Easterly 21. Money and Banking Frederic Mishkin