Econometric Modeling in Economic Education Research

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William E. Becker Jr., Rolf A. Walstad
Springer Netherlands, Jan 31, 1987 - Business & Economics - 276 pages
Since its establishment in the 1950s the American Economic Association's Committee on Economic Education has sought to promote improved instruction in economics and to facilitate this objective by stimulating research on the teaching of economics. These efforts are most apparent in the sessions on economic education that the Committee organizes at the Association's annual meetings. At these sessions economists interested in economic education have opportunities to present new ideas on teaching and research and also to report the findings of their research. The record of this activity can be found in the Proceedings of the American Eco nomic Review. The Committee on Economic Education and its members have been actively involved in a variety of other projects. In the early 1960s it organized the National Task Force on Economic Education that spurred the development of economics teaching at the precollege level. This in turn led to the development of a standardized research instrument, a high school test of economic understanding. This was followed later in the 1960s by the preparation of a similar test of understanding college economics. The development of these two instruments greatly facilitated research on the impact of economics instruction, opened the way for application of increasingly sophisticated statistical methods in measuring the impact of economic education, and initiated a steady stream of research papers on a subject that previously had not been explored.

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About the author (1987)

William E. Becker is Professor of Economics at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of South Australia. His more than 100 scholarly publications include three statistics textbooks and six edited volumes on issues in higher education. He is editor of the Journal of Economic Education. In 1987, he received the Henry H. Villard Research Award for his work in education.

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