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The Economists of Tomorrow: the Case for a Pluralist Subject Benchmark Statement for Economics

Alan Freeman ()

International Review of Economic Education, 2009, vol. 8, issue 2, 23-40

Abstract: This paper, on behalf of the UK-based Association for Heterodox Economists (AHE), argues for a reformulation of the Subject Benchmark Statement for Economics (SBSE) on pluralist principles. Pluralism - the capacity to examine critically a range of explanations for observed reality - should be the primary required outcome of economics education. Specific provisions should recognise, promote, defend and guarantee this good practice in teaching and assessment alike. Such a revision, it argues, is the appropriate response to widespread criticism of economics, to which the monotheoretic character of its practice has laid the profession open, following the recession which began early in 2008.

Date: 2009
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