Economy, Society, and Public Policy

Economy, Society, and Public Policy (ESPP) is CORE Econ’s introductory economics textbook for students from any programme of study, with little or no previous knowledge of economics. Students develop analytical tools and data handling skills as they engage with the most pressing policy problems facing our societies: inequality, financial instability, climate change, wealth creation, and innovation.

Find out more by reading the Preface to ESPP or by watching this 5 minute video guide:




ESPP is an outstanding resource for teaching economic principles to students who will not major in the field. It provides an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the economic ideas that are essential for understanding policy.

Matthew DiGiuseppe, Leiden University, Netherlands


Find out what students like about CORE Econ in a video by Prof. Carlos Cortinhas (University of Exeter):



Doing Economics

ESPP is accompanied by Doing Economics, a set of 12 projects that address important policy problems using real data.

Each project is linked to a unit of ESPP and comes with step-by-step instructions for Excel, Google Sheets and R.


Find out more about ESPP in our blogs:


Economy, Society, and Public Policy development was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.