Econs to know

People ask me who and what they should read to get a handle on economics. Here I provide 3 lists, one of K-12 scholarship, another with some econ texts I recommend and a third with economists and econ groups to know because they continually produce brilliant work.


Race and Economics by M.M. Eboch. Very accessible YA Nonfiction

American Indian Supplement to the National Standards for
. An excellent resource

Everything Chris Arthur writes on financial literacy

Graupe, S. (202). The power of ideas: Teaching economics in the image of man. Journal of Social Science Education, 11(2), 60-84.

Graupe, S. & Steffestun, T. (2018). “The market deals out profits and losses” – How Standard Economic Textbooks Promote Uncritical Thinking in Metaphors. Journal of Social Science Education, 17(3), 5-18. DOI:10.4119/UNIBI/jsse-v17-i3-1803  

Joshi, P., & Marri, A. R. (2006). An economics methods course?: Challenges of teaching an economics education methods course for secondary social studies preservice teachers. The Social Studies, 97(5), 197–202.

King, L., & Finley, S. (2015). Race is a highway: Towards a critical race approach in economics classrooms. in Chandler. In P. T. Chandler (Ed.), Doing race in social studies: Critical perspectives (pp. 195–228). Information Age.

Marglin, S. A. (2012). Saving the children-A rant. The Journal of Economic Education, 43, 283–292.

Miller, R. C. (1993). In order to save the world for human habitation, we must stop teaching economics! Theory & Research in Social Education, 21(1), 25–48.

Myers, J. & Stocks, J. (2010). Fostering the Common Good: The Portrayal of the Social Economy in Secondary Business and Economics Textbooks. Journal of Social Studies Research, 34(2), 266-303.

Neumann, R. (2012). Teaching the great recession. The Social Studies, 103(2), 49-56.

Neumann, R. (2012). Socialism in High School Social Studies Textbooks. The Social Studies, 103, (1).

Neumann, R. (2014). The Treatment of Wealth Distribution by High School Economics. The Social Studies, 105, (6) 278-282.

Romanish, B. (1983). Modern secondary economics textbooks and ideological bias. Theory and Research in Social Education, 11(1).

Shanks, N. G. (2018). A dominant narrative in economics?: Preservice teachers and pluralism in a social studies methods class. Journal of Social Science Education, 17(3), 19–33.

Shanks, N. G. & Hall, D. (2020). “Hope in the dismal science: A race-centered redirection of economics curriculum.” In A. M. Hawkman & S. B. Shear (Eds.) Marking the ‘invisible’: Articulating whiteness in social studies education (pp. 107-138). Information Age.

Shanks’ body of work

Shanks, N. (2019). Against ‘economic man’: A feminist challenge to prevailing neoclassical norms in K-12 economics education. Theory and Practice in Social Education, 47(4), 577-603. 

Sober, T. L. (2017). Teaching about economics and moneyed interests in twenty-first century democracy. In C. Wright-Maley & T. Davis (Eds.), Teaching for democracy in an age of economic disparity (pp. 79–94). Routledge

Swalwell, K., Lambert, M, & Olivia, J (2019). Teaching wealthy children about economic inequality. In Wilcox and Brant (Eds.)  It’s Being Done in Social Studies: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in the Pre/K–12 Curriculum, (pp. 75–84).

Vickery, A., Holmes, K., & Brown, A. (2015). Excavating Critical Racial Knowledge in Economics and World Geography. In P. T. Chandler (Ed.), Doing Race in Social Studies: Critical Perspectives (pp. 253–282). Information Age Publishing. 

Whitlock, A & Fox, K (2014). One hen: Using children’s literature in project based learning. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 26(4), 26-29.

Wright-Maley, C. and Davis, T. (2017). Teaching for Democracy in an Age of Economic Disparity. Routledge

Economics in general

The works of Robert Bullard

Banks, N (2020). “Black Women in the United States and Unpaid Collective Work: Theorizing the Community as a Site of Production” Review of Black Political Economy

Deleuze, G. (1992). Postscript on the societies of control. October, 59, 3-7.

Earle, J., Moran, C., & Ward-Perkins, Z. (2016). The Econocracy: The perils of leaving economics to the experts. Manchester University Press.

Garnett, R.F. (1999). What do economists know? New economics of knowledge. Routledge.

George, D. (2013) The rhetoric of the right: Language change and the spread of the market. Routledge

Hamilton, D. (2020). The moral burden on economists: Darrick Hamilton’s 2017 NEA presidential address. The Review of Black Political Economy, 47(4), 331-342. 

Hamilton, D. & Darity, S. (2017). The political economy of education, financial literacy, and the racial wealth gap. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, 99(1), pp. 59-76.  

Jones, Kimberly “How we can win”

Kruse, K.M. (2005). White flight. Atlanta and the making of modern conservatism. Princeton University Press.

Kwak, J. (2017). Economism: Bad economics and the rise of inequality.

Lazzarato, M. (2015). Governing by debt. Semiotext(e).

Leiman, M. M. (2010). The political economy of racism. Haymarket Books.  

McRobbie, A. (2011). Reflections on feminism, immaterial labour, and the post-Fordist regime. New Formations, 70, 60-76.

Opoku-Agyeman, A.G. (2020). Do black economists matter? Economic Policy Institute.

Pouncy, C. R. P. (2002). Institutional economics and critical race/LatCrit theory: The need for a critical ‘raced’ economics. Rutgers Law Review, 54(4), 841–852.

Pouncy, C.R.P. (2002). Economic Justice and Economic Theory: Limiting the Reach of
Neoclassical Ideology. University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, 14.

Pouncy, C.R.P. (2002). The Rational Rogue: Neoclassical Economic Ideology in the
Regulation of the Financial Professional, Vermont Law Review 263.

Ruccio, D.F. & Amariglio, J. (2003). Postmodern moments in modern economics. Princeton University Press

Sassen, S. (2018). Finance is an extractive sector: Interview with Saskia Sassen. In S. De Cauwer (ed.) Critical Theory at a Crossroads. Columbia University Press (pp. 113-133).

Terranova, T. (2000). Free labor: Producing culture for the digital economy. Social Text, 18(2), 33-58.

Thornton, T.B. (2017). From economics to political economy: The problems, promises and and solutions of pluralist economics. Routledge

Works by Katy Swalwell

Yale guide to women in econ

Economists to know:

Nina Banks.

Darrick Hamilton, Professor, Ohio State

The Sadie Collective website and open letter on race and the economics profession

View at

William Spriggs, Chief economist AFL-CIO and Howard U. professor of economics

See Spriggs’s Open Letter “Is now a teachable moment for economists?”

Jacova Williams, RAND Corporation

D-Econ group (Diversify and Decolonize econ)

Devika Dutt

Phyllis Wallace, first woman to receive a doctorate of economics at Yale and first woman tenured at MIT’s Sloan school of management

Jane Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve Board (profile of featured Yale PhDs)

Sadie Alexander, America’s first Black economist

The 1619 project podcast episodes

Black Lives Matter and The Economics Profession ft. Carolina Alves

Yanis Varoufakis

Deirdre McCloskey

Levon Blue (financial literacy and indigenous perspectives)

Laura Elizabeth Pinto (critical financial literacy)

Max Haiven (2017) “The Uses of Financial Literacy: Financialization, the Radical Imagination, and the Unpayable Debts of Settler Colonialism”

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