How should the graduate economics core be changed?

Jose Miguel Abito, Katarina Borovickova, Hays Golden, Jacob Goldin, Matthew A. Masten, Miguel Morin, Alexandre Poirier, Vincent Pons, Israel Romem, Tyler Williams, Chamna Yoon

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    The authors present suggestions by graduate students from a range of economics departments for improving the first-year core sequence in economics. The students identified a number of elements that should be added to the core: more training in building microeconomic models, a discussion of the methodological foundations of model-building, more emphasis on institutions to motivate and contextualize macroeconomic models, and greater focus on econometric practice rather than theory. The authors hope that these suggestions will encourage departments to take a fresh look at the content of the first-year core.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)414-417
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Economic Education
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2011


    • Design of core
    • Graduate economics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Economics and Econometrics


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