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 10: Public Economics

Caroline Hoxby

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


Caroline Hoxby Caroline Hoxby was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966 and graduated with an AB in economics from Harvard University in 1988 and then obtained an MPhil in economics from the University of Oxford in 1990 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. She joined Harvard University as an Assistant Professor of Economics in 1994, and then served as the Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Economics between 1997 and 2000, and as the Allie S. Freed Professor of Economics between 2001 and 2007. She moved to Stanford University in 2007 to take up her current position as the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. At Stanford, Professor Hoxby teaches an undergraduate course in Economics of Education and a PhD course in Public Finance. At Harvard, in recognition for her outstanding contributions to teaching, she was a designated Harvard College Professor between 2005 and 2007 and received the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. Professor Hoxby’s research interests are public economics and labor economics. Her articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics and Journal of Human Resources, among others. Her edited books include, College Choices: The Economics of Where to Go, 177 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 177 29/9/10 11:36:35 178 The heart of teaching economics When to Go, and How to Pay for It...

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