The Centre for Economy Studies works on improving and modernising economics education to ensure that students will be better prepared for their future careers and the societal challenges we face today and in the coming decades. 

The Economy Studies approach to economics education emphasises the importance of real world knowledge, engaging teaching formats and independent, critical and open-minded thinking.

On this website and in the book Economy Studies: A Guide to Rethinking Economics Education, we describe this approach in more detail and how it can be applied to existing courses. 

To enable teachers to renew their courses, we also provide open access ready-to-use teaching packages with lesson plans, slides, readings, classroom exercises, and exam questions.

In addition, we provide workshops, tools and on-going support to educators and students on how to rethink economics education. 

Economy Studies in Motion


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.

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