Making economics exciting

Wendy Carlin on BloombergTV: “Leading the way” in economic education reform.


Keeping students interested in economics

Wendy Carlin speaks on Bloomberg Radio on engaging and keeping students interested in economics by reforming the way it’s taught.



With Piketty and paper planes

“CORE is capable of introducing students to economics in a new and innovative way,” such as with the paper airplane production game illustrating how diminishing returns on production arise. Original article, and our translation into English.


A science not an ideology

“We have a problem in France that the public does not perceive economics as a science, but as an ideology.” Christian Gollier, Founder and former Director of the Toulouse School of Economics, talks about TSE’s first year of teaching CORE to its undergraduates.


Does Economics Still Work?

Wendy Carlin was a guest on a BBC World Service programme In the Balance, in an episode called ‘Does Economics Still Work?’. Listen to the programme here (BBC iPlayer).


Students thrive thanks to ‘Freakonomics revamp’ of economics

Students thrive from the CORE curriculum revamp “by throwing new light on the problems students care about…”.


Of capitalists and pirates

“A new kind of introduction to the study of Economics” now used in Germany, with emphasis on real world examples, economic history, inequality, power, game theory and much more. Original article, and our translation into English.


Revolution in the lecture hall

Die Welt reports on the CORE project and presents the experience of students at Humboldt University of Berlin, the first students in Germany being taught CORE. Original article, and our translation into English.


How economists want to end their own crisis

Coverage of the meeting of The Association of German Economists, at which CORE presented. “The president of the German Association of Economists, Monika Schnitzer, was in awe of the online textbook,” it says, adding that CORE will be “taught at Humboldt University in Berlin by local professor Nikolaus Wolf”. Original article, and our translation into English.


Captain Blackbeard explains Economics

Coverage of the meeting of The Association of German Economists, at which CORE presented. “We cannot yet explain why [CORE] works”, says Bowles, “but it works”. The title is a reference to our unit on property and power, which points out the rights enjoyed by 18th century pirates. Our translation into English.


Shortlist for the 2016 NS Speri prize for political economy

CORE’s Wendy Carlin is one of five “world-class political economists” shortlisted for the New Statesman’s award, given every two years to “the scholar who has succeeded most effectively in disseminating original and critical ideas in political economy to a wider public audience over the preceding two or three years”. The prize is awarded in September.


Rethinking university teaching in Economics

Oikonomics, an e-journal of the Open University of Catalonia, brings an interview with Elisenda Paluzie, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona, who highlights CORE’s contribution to the evolution in teaching Economics. Our translation into English.


Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?

Overview of curriculum reform in UK, including CORE. “After years of campaigning, universities are making modifications to their courses, or adding new ones,” it says.


From Lahore to Sheffield – Workshops on implementing and teaching the new CORE Intro course

Alvin Birdi explains CORE’s global programme of teaching workshops: “The aim is to introduce delegates from a range of departments to the ethos of CORE and its distinctive teaching methodology… and to share experiences of teachers and students who have already used CORE in their first year courses.”


Changing how economics is taught

Wendy Carlin replies to a BBC Global Business documentary on the need for a change in economics teaching. “Change is well under way,” she writes.


The Royal Economic Society newsletter

In its April 2015 newsletter the RES discusses the contribution of CORE, and the reaction to it (pages 13-16).


Premji varsity introducing new syllabus

The Times of India carries an interview with Venu Narayan, director of the School of Liberal Studies and Strategic Development at Azim Premji University, which begins teaching CORE in July. Why CORE? “The existing UG syllabus for economics is too narrowly designed. We do not have a negative agenda of rejecting everything that exists; our aim is to enrich the experience and give India a modern perspective,” he says.


Pragmatism works best in the reform of economics

John Kay reports on the curriculum reform debate at the Paris INET conference which featured CORE. Economics, he concludes, is “not like philosophy or literary criticism, where the value for both students and researchers lies mainly in the debate itself, rather than the acquisition of a body of specific practical knowledge.”


Teaching real-world economics to undergraduates

In a video interview Ferdinando Giugliano, the correspondent who visited UCL for a lecture, talks about how universities have started to teach courses (including CORE) based on lessons learnt after the financial crisis.


Students weigh the value of new economics course

The FT sat in on one of the CORE lectures at UCL: “the extensive use of data… alongside the interactive material and quizzes really seem to make a difference.” With comment from Martin Wolf (“The teaching of economics to undergraduates must focus on core ideas, essential questions and actual realities.”)


Making a push for fresh economics syllabi

Article for India’s second-largest English-language newspaper on economics curriculum, featuring interview with Wendy Carlin on innovations of CORE, soon to be introduced at Azim Premji University in Bangalore. Today’s students are being taught inappropriate models for understanding modern macroeconomic development, she says: “And because those standard models became the easy thing to teach everyone learnt them. Somehow, nobody quite asked why.”


Real-life economics

CORE contributor Margaret Stevens replies to the 7 February Economist article to emphasise that the solution to narrow orthodoxy is to “set economic questions in social, political, ethical and behavioural contexts… I want to teach my students to be economists, not adherents of one or more schools of thought.”


Nichts gelernt aus der Finanzkrise

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on whether we have “learned nothing from the financial crisis”. Interviews Wendy Carlin. In German, paywall. English translation here.


Free thinking: Britain’s economy

Panel featuring Wendy Carlin discusses topics including whether academic economics accurately reflects the business world, and whether it prepares students to be good economists.


The economics curriculum is evolving, but too slowly for some

Discussion of how far curriculum reform should go: whether traditional textbooks overemphasise theory: “By contrast, the new material challenges students to consider real-world topics from the outset.”


Esta Economia não é para novos

Portuguese business magazine discusses the contribution to curriculum reform of The CORE Project and the work of steering committee member Sam Bowles, among others. In Portuguese, requires subscription.


The trouble with economics

Diane Coyle and Andrew Haldane discuss how academics and teachers have responded to demands for a new curriculum. It describes CORE, saying it “combines some fundamental tools of economic analysis with history, real world examples and issues of political economy such as power in the workplace, monopoly and ethics.” Paywall.



Teaching economics after the crash

The Guardian’s senior economics commentator Aditya Chakrabortty investigates how academics have responded to the economic crisis. Features interviews with Wendy Carlin and CORE contributor Diane Coyle.


It’s high time economics students got a better curriculum

In KCL’s Perspectives magazine, CORE economics editor David Hope discusses the origins and the future of the project.


Per insegnare economia bisogna partire dalla realtà

CORE contributor Davide Melcangi explains our project in Italian.


Building a new economics for the #Occupy generation

“No young person who has witnessed or participated in the #Occupy protests around the world… can remain wedded to a curriculum which fails to evolve in their wake.”


Economics needs to reflect a post-crisis world

An FT editorial calls our project as “good news” and suggests that the economics curriculum should “pay more attention to unorthodox thinkers such as Joseph Schumpeter, Friedrich Hayek and – yes – even Karl Marx”. Requires free registration.


The core idea

Edward Hadas writes that CORE is “commendable” and “a real improvement”, but calls for a more radical approach to curriculum reform.


Universities to revamp economics courses

The first courses using CORE: “Universities across four continents are rolling out a revamped economics curriculum.” Requires free registration.


How new ‘Core’ curriculum hopes to better prepare students

Interview with Wendy Carlin about what the article calls a “total re-think of the economics syllabus and teaching methods”.


New teaching for economics

The Royal Economic Society Newsletter explains how our curriculum is structured, with examples.


It’s folly to replace one orthodoxy with another

Director of the Economics Network Alvin Birdi argues that some criticism of CORE is “far off the mark and unhelpful”. Requires free registration.


Economics Needs a Revolution

Some academics “conditioned not to understand the complaints” of students.


Angry economics students are naive – and mostly right

INET board member John Kay recommends curriculum reform.


Teaching economics as if the last three decades had happened

Wendy Carlin interviewed by Viv Davies.



Economics: Change of course

Response to the ISIPE open letter calling for changes in economics teaching.


Rebellious economics students have a point

John Cassidy on curriculum reform efforts, including CORE.


The mainstream economics curriculum needs an overhaul

Diane Coyle: there is consensus on the need for curriculum reform, but no agreement on what should be taught.


Why Minsky Matters

Wendy Carlin interviewed in documentary on Hyman Minsky, and why his thinking on instability should be part of the curriculum.


Economics Education Has It All Wrong

Tom Keene names Wendy Carlin “Professor of common sense”.


Which will be the big economies in 15 years? It’s not a done deal

Will Hutton says “The best brains in economics are now working on how economies work in reality”, with reference to CORE.


Bringing the back of the economics textbook to the front

Wendy Carlin argues for broader curriculum.


World Update

Discussion of CORE and curriculum reform.


Today Programme

Discussion of CORE and curriculum reform: link to audio currently not available.


Colleges are teaching economics backwards

Wonkblog on how “real-world complexities” should be starting point for teaching.


Keynes’s New Heirs

Discussion of student experience: requires free registration. Also posted on our site here.


Is the university economics curriculum too far removed from economic concerns of the real world?

Online student debate on CORE and curriculum prompted 1,200 comments in 48 hours.


Economics explains our world – but economics degrees don’t

Wendy Carlin opinion article on failings of existing curriculum: requires free registration. Also posted on our site here.


A new economics

Leader argues the case for new thinking in teaching: requires free registration.


University economics teaching to be overhauled

Launch of CORE project, with description.


Dismal science seeks fresh thinking after failure in crisis

Wendy Carlin says said students “disenchanted” and lecturers “embarrassed” by the way economics is taught: requires free registration.


A formula for teaching economics

“Less maths and more history of economic thought might make for more enthusiastic and useful graduates.” Requires free registration.