CORE in the news

Latest press coverage on CORE

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

  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.