Begin your research into a subset of Economics. Pick something you have NOT studied – something you don’t know much about (but are interested in). What do you want to learn about? Consider one of the following:
- Tax Reform
- The Stock Market
- Carbon Tax
- the distribution of wealth
Once you’ve figured out a subject to study, start asking yourself (and writing down) the central knowledge questions inherent within this field? Some questions that came up in our discussions today included:
- How do we conduct experiments to test economic theory?
- What are the limitations of experimenting in the Human Sciences?
- What insights do models and simulations give us?
- Can we make a model that doesn’t have assumptions?
- Can we make an economic decision that does not reflect our ethical values?
- When we say “the money needs to come from somewhere…” we are operating with assumptions. What are they?
Today, do some research into a subset of Economics and track your thinking (and especially the sites and sources you have consulted in that process).
If you’re stuck, consider this subset: How do you improve an economy? What factors are involved? Start your research here.