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Latest press coverage on CORE

Economics and its identity crisis

20 Aug 2020 By Martin Sandbu

Martin Sandbu, in his Free Lunch column in the Financial Times on economics and its identity crisis, notes how racism and misogyny feeds disenchantment with economics, as did inequality and financial instability a decade ago, and mentions CORE’s work as a way to redesign undergraduate curricula for the better. The full article is also available as a PDF copy.

Teaching economics for a better world

5 June 2020  

Francesc Trillas (Universitat Autònoma Barcelona) explains CORE’s objectives and recent teaching and learning developments.

The article is in Spanish. An English translation is available here.

Covid-19 is resetting the way we talk about the economy

23 April 2020  

In an op-ed, Wendy Carlin and Samuel Bowles discuss how the twin crises of climate change and the pandemic provide an opportunity to transform economic thinking. Ethical considerations will be unavoidable, but they will enrich our economic vernacular.

Read Wendy and Samuel’s article by following the link below or by downloading a PDF copy.

The coming battle for the COVID-19 narrative

10th April 2020  

Like the Great Depression and WWII, the COVID-19 pandemic (along with climate change) will alter how we think about the economy and public policy, not only in seminars and policy think tanks, but also in the everyday vernacular by which people talk about their livelihoods and futures. It will likely prompt a leftward shift on the government-versus-markets continuum of policy alternatives. But more important, it may overturn that anachronistic one-dimensional menu by including approaches drawing on social values going beyond compliance and material gain.

Another ‘Samuelson, 1948’ moment? Evidence from machine learning

20th March 2020  

About seventy years ago, Paul Samuelson urged economists to focus their attention on the “really interesting and vital problems of overall economic policy”. Today, a similar call might be needed. By using topic modelling, Wendy Carlin and Samuel Bowles find that concepts empowering economists to address today’s major challenges – climate change, inequality and the future of work and of property rights in the knowledge-based economy – are missing from leading textbooks.