About CORE

Accessible, relevant, real-world economics teaching, available and free to everyone.

Our Mission

CORE (Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics)
CORE’s vision is that a radically transformed economics education can contribute to a more just, sustainable, and democratic world in which future citizens are empowered by a new economics to understand and debate how best to address pressing societal problems. Our mission, to achieve this vision, is to

  • change economics education globally to a focus on the most important problems faced by our societies including climate change, injustice, innovation and the future of work,
  • put the student at the centre of pedagogy using learning materials and experiences attuned both to the societal problems that students care about and to how students acquire facility and confidence in using and communicating economics,
  • make knowledge freely available on a global scale by providing high-quality open access educational resources,
  • help change who studies economics to include more women and other underrepresented groups by changing content, pedagogy and access to knowledge.

CORE Editorial Board

The development of CORE ebooks, resources, and all other content is overseen by the CORE Editorial Board comprised of:

Wendy Carlin

Sam Bowles

Margaret Stevens

Eileen Tipoe

CORE is a global community of learners, instructors and researchers with a mission to reform the teaching of economics. Our content is developed by a team of volunteers that includes 30+ primary authors. They are experts in micro- and macroeconomics, game theory, economic history, political economy, behavioural, labour, industrial, development and environmental economics. Joining them are hundreds of contributors who believe in our mission to transform how economics is taught.

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Who is teaching CORE?

Education institutions across the world are adopting CORE to improve their teaching of economics.

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Our funders

We are grateful for the support of the following organizations:

Friends Provident Foundation

The Friends Provident Foundation supports CORE with two grants. The initial grant awarded in 2015 supported the creation of new teaching, learning and assessment resources (freely available in The Economy e-book and on the CORE website); creation of a rich learning environment that can be used by economics students and the general public; diffusion of the CORE curriculum through the university system and beyond; and the creation of communities of teachers and learners through workshops and other promotional activities. The second grant awarded in 2019 is intended to support CORE with operational costs and enable the maintenance of the project, delivery of outputs and scaling up to ensure continued success and viability of the project. The most prominent output of these activities will be The Economy 2.0 edition and the creation of additional teaching and learning materials.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation supports CORE with two grants. The first grant, awarded in 2018, is an operational grant that enables further organisational development, as well as technological development of the CORE publishing platform to enable the delivery of additional interactive teaching and learning materials. The second grant was awarded in 2020 for CORE to continue its work on transforming the content and pedagogy of introductory economics with a special focus on developing US specific content.

Partners for a New Economy

A grant from the Partners for a New Economy will enable CORE to revise its highly successful ebook The Economy to make climate change one of its two centrepieces, together with inequality. CORE will use the climate crisis to introduce beginning students of economics to the importance of instability as well as stability in economic systems. They will learn about tipping points, disequilibrium processes and other aspects of dynamic analysis that can be applied not only to climate but also to financial instability and poverty traps. This is a primary objective of The Economy 2.0 project and a novel challenge for the economics profession at the introductory level. Support from the grant is also provided for teacher and student user reviews and expert reviews of The Economy 2.0, as well as bringing the course to the attention of teachers and university decision-makers through workshops and conferences and media exposure.

Friends Provident Foundation

The Friends Provident Foundation supports CORE with two grants. The initial grant awarded in 2015 supported the creation of new teaching, learning and assessment resources (freely available in The Economy e-book and on the CORE website); creation of a rich learning environment that can be used by economics students and the general public; diffusion of the CORE curriculum through the university system and beyond; and the creation of communities of teachers and learners through workshops and other promotional activities. The second grant awarded in 2019 is intended to support CORE with operational costs and enable the maintenance of the project, delivery of outputs and scaling up to ensure continued success and viability of the project. The most prominent output of these activities will be The Economy 2.0 edition and the creation of additional teaching and learning materials.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation supports CORE with two grants. The first grant, awarded in 2018, is an operational grant that enables further organisational development, as well as technological development of the CORE publishing platform to enable the delivery of additional interactive teaching and learning materials. The second grant was awarded in 2020 for CORE to continue its work on transforming the content and pedagogy of introductory economics with a special focus on developing US specific content.

Partners for a New Economy

A grant from the Partners for a New Economy will enable CORE to revise its highly successful ebook The Economy to make climate change one of its two centrepieces, together with inequality. CORE will use the climate crisis to introduce beginning students of economics to the importance of instability as well as stability in economic systems. They will learn about tipping points, disequilibrium processes and other aspects of dynamic analysis that can be applied not only to climate but also to financial instability and poverty traps. This is a primary objective of The Economy 2.0 project and a novel challenge for the economics profession at the introductory level. Support from the grant is also provided for teacher and student user reviews and expert reviews of The Economy 2.0, as well as bringing the course to the attention of teachers and university decision-makers through workshops and conferences and media exposure.

Our past funders

Governance

CORE Economics Education is a charity registered in England and Wales (number 1175143). The charity is overseen by Trustees, the day-to-day running is delegated to the Charity Secretary, Professor Wendy Carlin, while operations are undertaken by the CORE Management and Research team.