Eartheconomics: An Alternative Introduction

17 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2013

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Peter A. G. van Bergeijk

Erasmus University - Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Date Written: March 29, 2013


This article argues that the closed economy concept used at the start of introductory courses can and should be used to discuss our planet’s economy. The article illustrates how observations at the level of planet Earth can be used while teaching relationships that are studied in a closed economy setting. It provides an overview of internet resources with world data and some practical examples that can readily be used in teaching.

Keywords: closed economy, earth economics

JEL Classification: E1, F02, A22

Suggested Citation

van Bergeijk, Peter A.G., Eartheconomics: An Alternative Introduction (March 29, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Peter A.G. Van Bergeijk (Contact Author)

Erasmus University - Institute of Social Studies (ISS) ( email )

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2502 LT The Hague, 2518 AX


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