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 19: International Trade

Gene Grossman

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


Gene Grossman Gene Grossman was born in New York City in 1955 and graduated with a BA in economics from Yale University in 1976 before obtaining a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He joined Princeton University as an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs in 1980 and has remained there ever since, currently serving as the Jacob Viner Professor of International Economics. At Princeton, Professor Grossman teaches an MPA (Master of Public Administration) course in International Trade Policy and a PhD course in International Trade Theory and Policy. Professor Grossman’s research interests focus on international trade, in particular the determinants of international competitiveness in dynamic, research-intensive industries. His articles have been published in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of International Economics and Review of Economic Studies, among others. His books include, Interest Groups and Trade Policy (Princeton University Press, 2002), Special Interest Politics (MIT Press, 2001) and Innovation and Growth in the Global Economy (MIT Press, 1991), which were co-authored with Elhanan Helpman. 341 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 341 29/9/10 11:36:39 342 The heart of teaching economics I interviewed Gene Grossman in his office at the Department of Economics at Princeton University. It was the early afternoon of Monday, June 22, 2009. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Why did you study economics and what attracted you to international trade in particular? In high school, I liked math and thought I might major in that and I...

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