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Teaching Macroeconomics After the Crisis: A Survey Among Undergraduate Instructors in Europe and the United States

Manfred Gärtner (), Björn Griesbach and Florian Jung

The Journal of Economic Education, 2013, vol. 44, issue 4, 406-416

Abstract: The Great Recession raised questions of what and how macroeconomists teach at academic institutions around the globe, and what changes in the macroeconomics curriculum should be made. The authors conducted a survey of undergraduate macroeconomics instructors affiliated with colleges and universities in Europe and the United States at the end of 2010. The results show that courses feature very much the same lineups of models as they did before the crisis. A notable exception concerns public debt dynamics, which receives considerably more emphasis. The finer fabric of undergraduate macroeconomics teaching, however, shows substantial shifts: A host of topics related to financial markets has entered the curriculum, and there is more interest in economic history, the history of economic thought, and case studies.

Date: 2013
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