Real world economics: the peculiar case of applied economics provision in England and Wales

Watson, Duncan, Parker, Louise and Cook, Steve (2017) Real world economics: the peculiar case of applied economics provision in England and Wales. International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 8 (3). 286 - 299. ISSN 1757-5648

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Abstract

This paper examines the teaching of Applied Economics and questions whether it could be seen as a trendsetter providing a pluralist perspective via robust policy analysis. This is achieved through three elements. Initially by reviewing the characteristics of Applied Economics teaching in England & Wales we find very little variation in undergraduate pedagogy. Subsequently, we explore how the symbiotic development of economics and mathematics narratives could contribute to this rigidity. The results show an inherent idealism that inhibits and destabilises any value applied economic analysis could contribute to the pluralist position. Finally, we introduce Lakoff’s cognitive linguistics to explain how applied economics could impede the exploration of heterodox ideas. We conclude that Applied Economics teaching, as presently practiced in England and Wales, has less to contribute to the education of economists than typically asserted. Unless there is a conscious intent of highlighting pluralist implications in Applied Economics, we recommend a refocus on the study of the History of Economic Thought.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: applied economics,real world economics,neoclassical economics,history of economic thought,cognitive linguistics,lakoff,teaching pedagogy
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 05:06
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 23:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64459
DOI: 10.1504/IJPEE.2017.10009588

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