Sowell on Math and Economics
By Arnold Kling
Introductory economics is too often taught as if the students in it were all potential economists who had to be introduced to the standard graphs, equations and jargon that they will need in higher level courses or in the profession.
With all the time that is devoted to equipping these students with tools that they will never use again, some may leave an introductory economics course with little more understanding of real world economic issues than they would have had if they had never taken the course.
There have been various attempts to do this, from Sowell’s Basic Economics to Russell Roberts’ romance novel The Invisible Heart.
UPDATE: David Warsh offers an appreciation of Paul Samuelson, the pivotal figure in the movement toward mathematics in econoimcs.
For Discussion. Do you recommend any nontechnical introductions to economics?