Economics degrees still ‘too narrow in focus’

The 2008 crisis exposed the narrow focus of economics degrees. There have been quite a few calls from people to change this but the big daddies are not budging, Things remain pretty much the same.

So, this article says these degrees remain narrowly focused nearly ten years into the crisis. Well, it is too early to expect a change anyways:

In 2014, a report by the Post-Crash Economics Society at Manchester University offered “an analysis of the failings in economics education and set out a road map for reform”. By focusing on the neoclassical paradigm and marginalising alternative perspectives, it argued, economics education “stifle[d] innovation, damage[d] creativity and suppresse[d] constructive criticisms that are so vital”, while the study of ethics, politics and history was “almost completely absent from the syllabus”.

So have economics courses become any more fit for purpose over the past two years?

To answer that question, the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics (ISIPE) – consisting of over 100 university groups in 30 countries – carried out a survey of 350 bachelor’s degrees to assess how pluralistic they are.

The results are being presented at a press conference and panel discussions on “Economics education in the 21st century”, taking place in Paris on 26 March. The broad picture is clear – and largely confirms concerns which have been expressed by students in the UK and round the world. Regardless of the country in which they are taught, economics degrees are highly mathematical, adopt a single narrow perspective and put little emphasis on historical context, critical thinking or real-world applications.

Mathematics, statistics and management make up an average of over 35 per cent of course content, while economic history and contemporary issues such as inequality and the environment comprise only 10.5 per cent of subject content.

A discipline which stresses so much on the need to change is pretty lethargic when it comes to change within…

One Response to “Economics degrees still ‘too narrow in focus’”

  1. Says:

    Reblogged this on Forwardeconomics.

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