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 14: Family Economics

Shoshana Grossbard

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


Shoshana Grossbard Shoshana Grossbard was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1948 and graduated with a BA in economics and sociology from Hebrew University, Jerusalem in 1971 before obtaining a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1978. She was an Instructor in Economics at Pitzer College between 1977 and 1978 and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Occidental College between 1977 and 1978 before moving to San Diego State University in 1981, where she has remained ever since, currently serving as a Professor of Economics. At San Diego State, Professor Grossbard teaches undergraduate courses in Introduction to Microeconomics and Economics of Work and Marriage. Professor Grossbard’s research interests include the determinants of marriage and labor supply and the law and economics of household decisions. Her articles have appeared in the Economic Journal, Journal of Socio-Economics, Journal of History of Economic Thought, Journal of Population Economics and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, among others. Her books include, Marriage and the Economy: Theory and Evidence from Advanced Industrial Societies (Cambridge University Press, 2003), editor, On the Expansion of Economics (M.E. Sharpe, 2001), coedited with Christopher Clague, and On the Economics of Marriage: A Theory of Marriage, Labor and Divorce (Westview Press, 1993). 252 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 252 29/9/10 11:36:37 Family economics – Shoshana Grossbard 253 I interviewed Shoshana Grossbard in the office of my good friend Daniel Beunza (now at the LSE) at Columbia University. It was mid-morning of Thursday, May 28, 2009. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Why did...

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