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Topic 1: introduction /2548

The initial session covers the module’s structure and outlined assessment.

See ECON2135-14 Module handbook [pdf]

Lecture handout 1a / lecture handout 1b / lecture handout 1c [pdfs]

Week 1–2 lecture reading

Boettke, P (1996), What is wrong with neoclassical economics (and what is still wrong with Austrian economics), in Foldvary, F (1996), Beyond neoclassical economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing

Blaug, M (1980), The Methodology of Economics – or how economists explain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Campbell, D (2009), The Post-Autistic Movement, Adbusters – Journal of the Mental Environment, Sept/Oct, #85 v17 no5

Chang, Ha-Joon (2010), 23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism, London: Allen Lane

Colander, D et al (2008), The Financial Crisis and the Systemic Failure of Academic Economics, working group on ‘Modeling of Financial Markets’ at the 98th Dahlem Workshop

Coyle, D (ed) (2012a), What’s the use of economics, London: London Publishing Partnership

Coyle, D (2012b), Do economic crises reflect crises in economics?, keynote address, ‘Rethinking Economics’ conference, Frankfurt, Jan 23rd [pdf]

Coyle, D (2012c), The public responsibilities of the economist, Tanner lecture, Brasenose College, Oxford, May 18th-19th [pdf]

Haldane, A (2012), What have the economists ever done for us?,, Oct 1st

Hill, R and Myatt, T (2010), The economics anti-textbook, London: Zed books, ch 1-2

Inman, P and Kingsley, P (2011), Inside Job: how bankers caused the financial crisis, The Guardian, Feb 17th

Krugman, P (2009), How Did Economists Get It So Wrong?, New York Times, Sept 6th

Krugman, P (2012), Economics in the crisis, New York Times, Mar 5th

Lippert, J (2008), Friedman Would Be Roiled as Chicago Disciples Rue Repudiation,, Dec 23rd

Nelson, JA (2005), Is economics a natural science?, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, v1 i2 pp261-269 [pdf]

Ormerod, P (2009), Can Economists improve the Human Condition ?, Adbusters – Journal of the Mental Environment, Sept/Oct, #85 v17 no5

Orell, D (2012), Econo myths, London: Icon books (2000), The Strange History of Economics, Post-Autustic Economics Network

Reinhart, C and Rogoff, K (2008), This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises, NBER Working Paper no. 13882.

Shaft, T and Gamble, R (1999), A theoretical basis for the assessment of rule-based system reliability,  AMCIS 1999 Proceedings

Wyne, A (2012), Empirics and Psychology: Eight of the World’s Top Young Economists Discuss Where Their Field Is Going, Big Think :: Power Games blog, July 25th


Smith, Noah (2012), EconoTrolls: An Illustrated Bestiary, Noahpinion, Sept. 25th

Institute for New Economic Thinking – see Inaugural Conference: The Economic Crisis and the Crisis in Economics (which ran April 8-11 2010) – great selection of speakers’ videos, papers and interviews

Real World Economics Review blog

Nobel prizes in Economics (good set of resources on each the winners, including interviews)

2011 ‘Nobel’ for economics page on 2011 winners

Tabarrok, A (2011), Nobel for Sargent and Sims, Marginal Revolution [blog], Oct 10th

2010 ‘Nobel’ for economics

Nobel prize for economics: three share prize for labour market study (The Guardian) page on 2010 winners

INET interview with Philip Mirowski on the impact of the Economics ‘Nobel’ on the discipline

Wikipedia (usual provisos on following up identified sources applies) has a good set of entries on Alfred Marshall, Paul Samuelson, Gary Becker and the Chicago School