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Diversifying Economic Quality Standards for Introducing Economics to High School and College Students

Publishers and organizations such as the College Board, as well as individual instructors, can use these standards to guide the design of their curricula and training materials. Allgood and Bayer (2016)[1] and this issue of the Journal of Economic Education[2] provide additional guidance.

A high quality introduction to economics course teaches students to

  1. inquire about the world around them using economics
  2. engage in higher order thinking, not just memorizing
  3. apply economic principles in a range of applications and settings
  4. use quantitative tools such as graphs and equations
  5. identify the assumptions underlying models, and connect the assumptions to particular conclusions and/or observed conditions
  6. understand the use of data and empirical observation in economics and to distinguish correlation from causation
  7. demonstrate awareness of the wide range of issues that economists study and provide examples of diverse research by economists


Teach with nuance and humility

Acknowledge the biases in our textbooks

Offer courses on Poverty and Inequality

Acknowledge heterodox theories of economics

Read a classic article with some good suggestions [3]

Share Feminist Economics Research Notes

Use AEA materials to illustrate concepts in economics