Oxford University Press has partnered with the international collaborative project of CORE researchers and teachers to bring students a text and learning system that complements and enhances CORE”s open-access eBook.
*offers new approach that integrates recent developments in economics including contract theory, strategic interaction, behavioral economics, and financial instability
*challenges students to address inequality, climate change, economic instability, wealth creation, and innovation
*provides a unified treatment of micro- and macroeconomics
*supports all models and concepts with evidence and real-world applications
*adapts to students” own learning styles with interactive model building
*acts as the standard for the Economic principles course at University College London, Sciences Po Paris and the Toulouse School of Economics
A new economics for the principles course
The Economy begins with social interactions using elementary game theory and institutions modelled as rules of the game. This provides the basis for a modern treatment of markets including price-making as well as price-taking, the exercise of power, and the importance of social norms and adjustment to disequilibria.
Introducing labour and credit markets with incomplete contracts allows a consistent treatment of aggregate employment and fluctuations without the need for ad hoc sticky price and wage assumptions. Banks create money by extending credit and a central bank seeks to implement a target inflation rate.
Growth and instability are illustrated from the Great Depression, through the post-war golden age of capitalism through to the financial crisis and ensuing uncertainties. Students acquire an understanding of the past and current evolution of the economy in its social and environmental context, equipping them to marshal evidence and articulate positions about contemporary policy issues.
DT Economist in Action videos by Al Roth, James Heckman, Thomas Piketty, and others give students a glimpse of what economists do and how they engage in real policy questions
DT How economists learn from facts boxes introduce students to research practice including how to identify causation using experiments and other methods
DT When economists disagree features engage the student with evidence and controversies
DT The Read more suggestions direct the reader to resources they can consult to take their learning further
DT Student-paced interactive diagrams suited to diverse learner capabilities are available within the CORE open access ebook available here: http://www.core-econ.org/
DT Multiple-choice questions (with explanations of correct and incorrect answers) allow students to self-test their understanding
DT Great Economists panels showcase a range of influential thinkers who have shaped the path of economics
DT Definitions explain important terms right where needed
DT Einsteins provide an opportunity for readers to explore the quantitative aspects of the topics under discussion in more detail
DT Online Leibniz calculus supplements provide a calculus-based course option, enhancing flexibility of use.
The Economy is further augmented by the online learning and assessment tool, Dashboard, making it the complete solution for teaching and learning the principles of economics.
Additional support resources for the lecturer include:
DT Lecture slides plus animated slides of all figures and charts
DT 250 data sets in Excel for student exercises
DT Unit by unit guides to teaching
DT Suggested course structures for standalone micro and macro, and a course for non-majors
The use of The Economy also brings to lecturers membership of a growing global network of curriculum innovators changing how economics is taught worldwide.