Special Issue: Reflections on Economy Studies

We are thrilled to announce the release of our Special Issue in collaboration with the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, titled “Reflections on and Applications of Economy Studies: A Guide to Rethinking Economics Education“. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for all the work and help editor Jack Reardon has given.

Here’s a glimpse into what this special issue contains:

  1. A foreword by editor Jack Reardon, our director Sam de Muijnck and chief economist Joris Tieleman that explores the key concerns and strategies of the movement for new economics education. 
  2. A glowing review of our book by Jack Reardon, highlighting key takeaways and putting it in broader context. 
  3. “In what direction is economics heading?” by Sam, which quantitatively analyses PhD theses at five top-ranking universities between 2010 and 2017. He finds that contrary to what is often thought nonorthodox mainstream economic approaches, like behavioural, evolutionary and complexity economics, have not become more popular and orthodox neoclassical economics remains dominant. 
  4. “Teaching economy studies in non-economics programs through the lens of justice” by Jay Hamilton which explains how the Economy Studies approach can be used effectively in an interdisciplinary context by taking the value of justice as the central and connecting theme. 
  5. “Pluralism and the history of economic thought” by Victor A. Beker, which argues that the importance of teaching the history of economic thought is because many of the ideas of former great thinkers in economics look far more valid today than most of the abstract models developed in mainstream economics.
  6. “Rethinking economic undergraduate textbooks – a trend toward pluralism?” by Michael Mietz, which uses natural language processing to analyse economic undergraduate textbooks and finds that there is a wide variety between standard traditional and innovative pluralist textbooks.