Spring 2023

Pluralist Economics

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-205


Jessica Wolpaw Reyes (Section 01)


Mainstream economics is fundamentally neoliberal, employing narratives of meritocracy to explain, normalize, and justify racial capitalism and the inequality and exploitation it inevitability produces.  Pluralist economics provides alternative explanations and understandings, directly challenging the conceptualizations, models, methods, values, topics, and pedagogy of economic practice.  This sophomore seminar engages students in an exploration of pluralist economics. Examples of pluralist approaches include: feminist economics, critical race theory, stratification economics, Marxist economics, cooperative economics, behavioral economics, institutional economics, and abolition economics.  Given the interweaving of mainstream economics, capitalism, and white supremacy, this engagement with pluralist approaches entails an uncovering of and challenge to racist capitalist logics that are central to both economics and the economy.  Together, we will endeavor to build a thoughtful, creative, and flexibly pluralist approach to our work as economic thinkers.

Spring semester. Professor Reyes

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to Sophomores. Students may be asked to describe their academic background and interest in the course. The class will be selected to achieve a group with diverse academic backgrounds and interests.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on careful reading, engaged discussion, and written work.

ECON 205 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CONV 308
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CONV 308


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2023, Spring 2024