Why I can’t teach economics anymore

Suse Steed
5 min readOct 16, 2019

I’ve been trying to describe to people why I’m no longer teaching economics to undergraduates and why I feel so sad and angry about the subject in general. Sometimes I say it’s because economics doesn’t include any history. But that isn’t quite right. I mean, it’s true. I did an undergraduate degree in economics without learning any history, which seems odd. But that’s a vague critique. There is a more precise reason why I’m pissed off with economics.

Here are some of my economics textbooks. Look how vague the covers are. What’s in the bag Varian? Nothing. What’s on the bag? Nothing. What’s in the textbook? Lots of equations. Ok.

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