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“What Economics Courses Don’t Teach – But Should”
Presentation by Neva Goodwin
for the session on Education and Sustainable Development
in the conference Globalisation, New Economy and the Environment:
Business and Society Challenges for Sustainable Development
sponsored by the Russian Society for Ecological Economics
St. Petersburg, June 25, 2005

St. Petersburg, June 25, 2005: Neva Goodwin autographing copies of Mikroekonomika v kontekste for economist Janna Tolordava from Georgia and education specialist Leonid Ivanenko from Ukraine

On June 24-25 in St. Petersburg Neva Goodwin attended the conference of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics. The location was the faculty of economics at Saint Petersburg State University. Dr. Goodwin gave a talk called “What Economics Courses Don’t Teach – But Should,” summarizing some topics that are dealt with in the Russian edition of Microeconomics in Context that are not adequately covered in standard texts. Near the end of the conference Dr. Goodwin also held a session to talk about the text itself – its history and the philosophy behind it.

175 copies of the textbook and the accompanying Teachers’ Manual (in itself a pedagogical innovation for the Russian context) were shipped from Moscow to St. Petersburg for the conference. Over lunch on Saturday an announcement was made that the sets were available to all interested conference participants from Russian-language universities. About 100 copies were taken by participants, many of whom expressed considerable interest. Ivan Petrovich Boiko, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, made a strong request to keep the remaining copies; we hope they will be used as the basis for microeconomics courses at Saint Petersburg State University.

The textbook had originally been published by the Russian State University for the Humanities, of which the oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky was a principal funder. Since his much publicized detention and arrest the textbook has languished – along with much else at that university. The 2005 St. Petersburg conference was, in effect, the first exposure it has received. The positive response to this exposure gives reason to hope that it will finally begin to be used.

Click on the links below to download Neva Goodwin’s talk, “What Economics Courses Don’t Teach – But Should” in the short version as presented at the RSEE conference in English or Russian, and also a longer version.







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