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David Graeber’s History of Debt

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Once again, Radio 4’s lunchtime slot is hosting an interesting little series that will be of value to ECON2547 students. The series is based on Graeber’s 2011 book, Debt: The First 5000 Years. Listen again here.

Posted in economic history, economics.


A History of Britain in Numbers

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Radio 4 are broadcasting ten episodes (each a mere 14 minutes) of A History of Britain in Numbers, with Andrew Dilnot (Chair of the UK Statistics Authority). This is the second series and examines the state. The previous series, from 2013, looked at how our lives have changed (podcast available here). Both are a useful prompt for ECON2547 students.

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Teaching economics after the crash

Aditya Chakrabortty’s (of The Guardian) exploration of the concerns about the teaching of economics – on Radio 4 earlier this week, and repeated on Sunday – has interviews with many of the economists that ECON2548’s first topic area touched on, and offers a good overview of the concerns raised by student groups about how economics is currently taught in most institutions.

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Posted in economics.