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Title: Taking a leap towards a real world macroeconomics teaching

Authors: Stefanos Ioannou; Olivia Bullio Mattos

Addresses: School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK ' Department of Economics, History and Political Science, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, 11201, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Abstract: Despite the centrality of finance in the workings of the modern capitalist economy, macroeconomics is still taught with no serious consideration of monetary and financial dynamics. This has become even more puzzling in the light of the recent financial crisis. Our paper discusses a more pluralistic framework for teaching basic macroeconomics, inclusive of some of the most important ideas of Keynes on interest and money. The incorporation of Keynesian economics not only allows students to broaden their thinking in considering alternative answers to given questions; it also reshapes the questions themselves. In doing so, it changes the framework within which students come to think of policy. Focusing on the case of monetary policy, we point out the commonality between the mainstream teaching paradigm and the actual mindset that influences policy making. Furthermore, we discuss the ways in which the scope and aims of monetary policy are altered under a Keynesian/Minskyan framework.

Keywords: economic pedagogy; macroeconomics; money; finance; financial crisis; general equilibrium model; Keynesian economics; monetary policy; central bank; endogenous money; financial fragility.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPEE.2018.096395

International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2018 Vol.9 No.4, pp.391 - 405

Received: 31 Aug 2017
Accepted: 13 Jul 2018

Published online: 27 Nov 2018 *

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