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A Big Hole in the Economics Curriculum



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In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Prof. Bruce Caldwell of Duke University writes about the hole that he sees in the graduate economics curriculum and developing in the undergraduate curriculum — courses in the history of economic thought.

If you think it deplorable that English students can get their degrees without reading any Shakespeare, isn’t it equally bad that economics students can get their degrees without reading Adam Smith, David Ricardo, F. A. Hayek, and, yes, Karl Marx?



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