Books and Texts

Davis (2015) advocates for increased use of creative arts in the teaching of economics as:

  • It is a more memorable experience for a student,

  • It engages students, especially otherwise disinterested ones, and

  • It facilitates economic literacy.

General Literature

Comprehensive reading list of literary texts with excerpts and commentary relating it to economics

Bohanon & Vachris (2012); Watts & Smith (1989); Watts (2003)

Historical Novels

Discusses the use of historical novels to teach economics

Considine (2006)Cotti & Johnson (2012)

The Great Books

Readings, discussions, written assignments, and exams relating the Great Books to introductory economic concepts

Hartley (2001)

American Novels

Describes the use of a series of American novels to teach labor market economics

Vachris & Bohanon (2012)

Short stories

Readings, discussions, written assignments, and exams relating modern short stories to introductory economic concepts 

Ruder (2010)

Stepanovich (2009)

Children's books

Readings and discussions relating Dr. Seuss books/passages, Harry Potter and Wizard of Oz to economic concepts

Dighe (2007)
Miller & Watts (2011)

Podemska-Mikluch & Deyo (2014)

Comic Books

Reading comic books related to economic concepts

O'Roark (2017)
O'Roark & Grant (2018)

Haiku poetry

Writing and reading haiku related to economic concepts

Bohanon (2012)
Ziliak (2009)

Shakespeare

Readings, discussions, written assignments, and exams relating The Merchant of Venice to monetary economics

Kish-Goodling (1998)

General art

Viewings and discussions relating visual art themes to introductory economic concepts

Watts & Chineze (2012)

The Economics Instructor's Toolbox

Enhance Your Students Learning Experience

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The Economics Instructor's Toolbox was originally published in International Review of Economics Education


Picault, J. (2019), The Economics Instructor’s Toolbox, International Review of Economics Education 30,100154.