Economy Studies is a practical guide for (re-)designing economics courses and programs.

It provides a new coherent framework for economics education, with a core philosophy, three leading principles, ten building blocks and seven practical tools to help implement change.

The book offers a road map for effectively connecting core academic material to real world events and the great questions of our time, helping professors to engage students and prepare them for the world of today.

Economy Studies in Motion

Call for Papers

The International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education (IJPEE) will have a special issue on “Reflections on and Applications of Economy Studies: A Guide to Rethinking Economics Education”.


Tools for Students

Tools for Educators

Key features

Adapting Existing Courses: Plug-and-play suggestions to improve existing economics courses with attention to institutions, history, values and practical skills.

Teaching materials: A guide through the rapidly growing range of innovative textbooks and other teaching materials.

Example Courses and Curricula: How to design pluralist, real-world economics education within the practical limits of time and resources.

About Economy Studies

The Economy Studies project emerged from the worldwide movement to modernise economics education, spurred on by the global financial crisis of 2008, the climate crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic. It envisions a wide variety of economics graduates and specialists, equipped with a broad toolkit, enabling them to collectively understand and help tackle the issues the world faces today.

What others say

“A tremendous resource for both teachers and students of economics.”

Prof. Wendy Carlin (UCL), director of the CORE Economics Education Project

“Based on a thorough analysis, the authors argue for a radical rethink of how economics is taught. Whether you agree or disagree with some of the specific suggestions, this book is definitely worth reading.”

Claudio Borio, Head of Monetary and Economic Department at the BIS.

“This book is a tour de force. The mastery of the subject that the authors and their team display is astonishing. It was a source of inspiration for the development of the new program at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.”

Prof. Arjo Klamer (EUR & VU)

“To tackle the systemic challenges that the world faces today, we need economists with an open-mindset and a diverse toolkit to help guide us. This book provides the building blocks for educating these crucial experts.”

Prof. Jan Peter Balkenende, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands

The Book

Economy Studies is available in book format, both digital and physical. Click here to learn more.

Parts of the book:

  • Part I: Foundations outlines the basic principles underpinning a good economics education, such as pluralism and a real-world focus, and provides didactic suggestions to put these into practice.
  • Part II: Building Blocks provides ten concrete yet flexible bundles of skills and knowledge, suggesting what to teach, how to teach it and what teaching materials to use.
  • Part III: Tools offers seven practical tools for curriculum design and renewal.