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Latest press coverage on CORE

The coming battle for the COVID-19 narrative

10 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

20 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.

What Students Learn in Economics 101: Time for a Change

4 March 2020  

A paper by Samuel Bowles and Wendy Carlin, in the March 2020 issue (vol. 58, issue 1) of the Journal of Economic Literature, uses machine learning text analysis to tell about the evolution of introductory economics since Samuelson revolutionized intro in 1948, and sets out how CORE is attempting something similar to what Samuelson did in 1948 to address the new challenges that face us today.

Read the article on the JEL website or as a pre-print on the UCL website.


Adopting CORE at Queen’s University Belfast

1 February 2020  

Alan de Bromhead writes about the experience of adopting CORE at Queen’s University Belfast and how students are reacting to the new course. The article, available as a PDF download at the link below, is published in the January 2020 RES Newsletter.

It is never too late to return to university

14 January 2020  

Simon Greaves, the Financial Times’ video revise editor, reflects on his PPE MSc course at Birkbeck, University of London as a “very mature postgraduate”. The compulsory economics module was taught using CORE, which “challenged our thinking, prejudices and the orthodox view of capitalism. Its examination of centuries of inequality did just that and gave us the tools to compare countries’ progress and model the impact of policy options.”

Read Simon’s article by following the link below or by downloading a PDF copy.