What is Core Economics website?

Accessible, relevant, real-world economics teaching,
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Core Economics website IS:


a global community of learners, teachers and researchers


a problem-motivated and interactive way to learn economics


bringing recent developments in the subject into the classroom


giving everyone the tools to understand the economics of the world around them


Core Economics website’s vision is that a radically transformed economics education can contribute to a more just, sustainable, and democratic world in which future citizens are empowered by a new economics to understand and debate how best to address pressing societal problems.


  • change economics education globally to a focus on the most important problems faced by our societies including climate change, injustice, innovation and the future of work,
  • put the student at the centre of pedagogy using learning materials and experiences attuned both to the societal problems that students care about and to how students acquire facility and confidence in using and communicating economics,
  • make knowledge freely available on a global scale by providing high-quality open access educational resources,
  • help change who studies economics to include more women and other underrepresented groups by changing content, pedagogy and access to knowledge.

MORE ABOUT Core Economics website


Christian Gollier
Founder and former director of the Toulouse School of Economics, and Core Economics website teacher

“The Core Economics website Project is the best innovation in economic education that I have seen in my career. A smorgasbord of ideas that refresh our old concepts, moving our standard discourse from dismal to light, from a dehumanized science to a spirited vision of the world.”

Nikolaus Wolf
Professor of Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and Core Economics website teacher
“Core Economics website is a brilliant way to introduce students to economics: it combines state of the art economic theory with a big-picture perspective on modern development; and it does it using a variety of new teaching tools that students love.”

Andy Haldane
Chief Economist and Executive Director, Monetary Analysis and Statistics at the Bank of England

“I’ve been aware of the Core Economics website Project since the get-go. I was at the launch in 2013 because at that time it absolutely was needed. It has fulfilled that promise. It has been fantastic to see the vision turn into something real.
You couldn’t wish for more from the project as a way of resetting the clock on the curriculum. It has engaged students with the principles that make the economy interesting, tackling issues that we know matter most, like financial crises, inequality, the climate crisis. These are front and centre in Core Economics website’s work. This type of thinking is also front and centre of what we are trying to do.
Finally it is interested in reaching wider audiences, not just those studying economics. I think it’s absolutely the right direction of travel, and the desire to develop those skills for non-economists and well as economists is absolutely the direction that we’re also taking at the Bank. All of that counts as a huge success story.”

Stefan Gitman
Second year student at University College London

“Unlike other textbooks, it really addresses the key questions students are interested in so we can explain historic and current events, using past crises, for example, to show how the concepts and models you learn can be used to analyse what’s happening in the real world. No other course is discussed as widely by students outside of lectures. Core Economics website makes studying economics exciting.”


“Recent advances in theory, economic history and quantitative methods have provided tools to address pressing issues of inequality of opportunity, financial instability and climate change…This is a great time to be an economist. It is time we made it a golden age for students of economics.”
Wendy Carlin, writing in the Financial Times

“A bold revamp of how economics is taught at universities across the world is increasing students’ enthusiasm for their discipline as well as their grades.”
Times Literary Supplement



Core Economics website Economics Education is a charity registered in England and Wales (number 1175143) for the public benefit, the advancement of education in economics and related fields and to raise public awareness, through the provision of teaching and learning materials and associated activities.

The Charity is overseen by Trustees who meet regularly to manage the charity’s business and guide the strategic planning with the aim of raising the level of public understanding of economics by presenting the best of economic research in an accessible and engaging form, which is free to anyone with access to the internet.

The day-to-day running of Core Economics website is delegated to the Charity Secretary, Professor Wendy Carlin, while operations are undertaken by the Core Economics website Production team.


Core Economics website Economics Education 2019 Annual Report (pdf download)

Core Economics website Economics Education 2018 Annual Report (pdf download)

Core Economics website Economics Education 2017 Annual Report (pdf download)

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