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 8: Using literature to teach the economics of the Soviet-type and centrally planned economies

Zenon X. Zygmont


A 2003 anthology by Michael Watts, The Literary Book of Economics, shows the wealth of examples available for instructors who choose to integrate literature into their economics courses. However, as Watts acknowledges, the examples consist mainly of the contributions by American and British writers. The chapter extends the range of literary examples by concentrating on the writings (in translation) of selected Russian, Soviet and East Central European authors. The purpose of the chapter is to describe a writing assignment that will assist students in understanding the classic Soviet-type and centrally planned economies.

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