The Heart of Teaching Economics

The Heart of Teaching Economics

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities.

Chapter 9: Economic History

Barry Eichengreen

Subjects: economics and finance, economics of education, teaching economics, education, economics of education, teaching and learning


Barry Eichengreen Barry Eichengreen was born in Berkeley, California in 1952 and graduated with an AB in economics and political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1974 before obtaining an MA and MPhil, both in history from Yale University in 1976 and 1978 respectively, and an MA, MPhil and PhD, all in economics from Yale University in 1976, 1977 and 1979 respectively. He taught economics at Harvard University between 1980 and 1986 before moving to the University of California at Berkeley, where he currently serves as the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science. At Berkeley, Professor Eichengreen teaches an undergraduate course in The World Economy in the Twentieth Century, and PhD courses in Introduction to Economic History, Financial Crises in Historical Perspective and Culture, Institutions and History. He was awarded the Economic History Association’s Jonathan R.T. Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2002 and the University of California at Berkeley Social Science Division’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004. Professor Eichengreen’s primary research interests are the history and current operation of the international monetary and financial system. His articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic History and Economic Journal, among others. His books include, The 161 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 161 29/9/10 11:36:35 162 The heart of teaching economics European Economy Since 1945 (Princeton University Press, 2007), Global Imbalances and the Lessons of Bretton Woods...

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