New Developments in Economic Education
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New Developments in Economic Education

Edited by Franklin G. Mixon and Richard J. Cebula

This innovative book offers targeted strategies for effectively and efficiently teaching economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It provides professors and other teachers of economics various techniques to engage and retain the interest of students, and challenges them to apply both knowledge and methodological tools to a range of economic problems.
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Chapter 6: Including short stories in economics courses

Philip J. Ruder


The chapter discusses how adding short stories to the reading list of traditional economics courses can increase student engagement while providing rich case studies that illuminate the subject matter in ways that textbook readings and news articles do not. Short story readings in the syllabus can (positively) surprise students, connect economic concepts to personal and intense situations and highlight important subtleties that traditional treatments of the topics miss. Student feedback on short story readings suggests that most students find them enjoyable and useful elements of the course.

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