campus partner(s)

American Economic Association






Fresh Thinking

award date


project director

KimMarie McGoldrick

American Economic Association

Grant Summary

$40,000 over 20 months to develop two initiatives that will help economics departments better address the goals of a liberal education. The first initiative seeks to develop modules that incorporate into undergraduate economics courses "big think" questions, that is, genuinely open-ended questions of enduring relevance to all economists. The second initiative aims to influence the teaching of graduate economics through a "creativity boot camp" that will help graduate students develop a more meaningful research agenda, as well as better prepare them to integrate broader liberal arts themes in their teaching. These initiatives build on the recommendations of the AEA White Paper, "The Economics Major and a Liberal Education."