Reading economics: the role of mainstream economics in international development studies today

Morten Jerven
2013 Revue canadienne d'études du développement / Canadian Journal of Development Studies  
What is the role of the economics discipline in teaching and studying international development today? This paper draws upon experiences of teaching and reading economics with students in interdisciplinary international development studies. The main conclusion is that economic literacy is a key ingredient in development studies. This paper discusses different interpretations of what economic literacy may entail and why this literacy is important. It concludes by suggesting a number of paths to
more » ... number of paths to achieve the necessary level of understanding. About the publisher: The School for International Studies (SIS) fosters innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching programs concerned with a range of global issues, but with a particular emphasis on international development, and on global governance and security. The School aims to link theory, practice and engagement with other societies and cultures, while offering students a challenging and multi-faceted learning experience. SIS is located within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Our website is
doi:10.1080/02255189.2013.809333 fatcat:u2u7uhnxqrfu3bpknwzfa6p2be