Econ/Ed Resources and Writings

No Need For Needs?

No need for needs? Putting wants and needs into historical context. February 8, 2021 There are no needs in economics, only wants. That’s a pretty bold statement that not only seems to contradict biology but the most fundamental economics lessons on “needs and wants.” No needs? How can that be? Although economics purportedly does notContinue reading “No Need For Needs?”

Unpacking human capital narratives in social studies and society

With Kelly Koch, UGA The C3 Framework states that knowledge of human capital is an essential component of economic reasoning; “Economic reasoning and skillful use of economic tools draw upona strong base of knowledge about human capital, land, investments,money, income and production, taxes, and government expenditures” (p. 35). Covid-19 has revealed a need for criticalContinue reading “Unpacking human capital narratives in social studies and society”

Recommended Econ Lessons and Resources

This is an ongoing list of link and resources for teachers and teacher educators Advertisements and you gets at critical consumerism, ethical production and supply and demand as does sensible consumers Producing digital information (gets at what it means to be a producer) When women stopped coding (the power of advertising) reading “Recommended Econ Lessons and Resources”

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. K-12s Race and Economics by M.M. Eboch. VeryContinue reading “Econs to know”

Job Creator(s)

During the Vice-Presidential debate, the candidates each touted their administration’s record of job-creation. You probably hear the term “job creators” a lot, especially from conservative politicians. In the rhetoric, job creators are venerated. They are seen as worthy of tax breaks and protection. This rhetoric was particularly noticeable in the passage of 2017’s Tax CutsContinue reading “Job Creator(s)”

Election economics: Rethinking economic literacy

As I watched the Vice-Presidential debates, I noticed the frequent invocation of certain word and phrases such as socialism, job creator, debt and deficit. I thought about the ways these words are intended to provoke us and how economic discourse has been distilled to a few prominent signifiers. It seems like these words and phrasesContinue reading “Election economics: Rethinking economic literacy”


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