Economic Framing: Environmental Governance and Teaching Pluralist Economics

April 23rd, 2016

What are future decision-makers learning at college today? And how will it effect the direction the Anthropocene is taking? Making the case for a change in the teaching of economics.

In political discussions, many of the environmental problems expounded in the Anthropocene debate are framed in economic terms. In order to develop a broader understanding of possible solutions, we need to recognize that there are different economic approaches based on diverging perspectives: on human‒nature relationships, the markets, and sustainable development. However, due to the bias in economics education at present, there is a risk that future decision-makers will adopt the narrow worldview of mainstream economics, making them insusceptible to alternative solutions. Therefore, the teaching of economics needs to become more pluralist and incorporate the ecological foundations of economies at its core.