Teaching Comparative Economic Systems: 25 Years after the Collapse of the Soviet Union

International Review of Economic Education 22 (May), 2016: 23- 33

29 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2015 Last revised: 12 Jul 2018

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Marianne Johnson

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Department of Economics

Alexander Kovzik

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, we reflect on contemporary teaching of undergraduate comparative economic systems (CES). Using qualitative and quantitative measures, we consider how the field responded to the collapse by examining CES textbooks from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. We also consider how the dissolution of the Soviet Union affected economics course offerings at the undergraduate level. Based on our findings, we suggest two strategies for reimagining CES for the 21st century by: (1) changing textbook organization and content, and (2) incorporating more comparative economic concepts throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

Keywords: Comparative Economics Systems, Undergraduate Economics Curriculum, Teaching Undergraduates, Soviet Union

JEL Classification: A12, A22, P50

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Marianne and Kovzik, Alexander, Teaching Comparative Economic Systems: 25 Years after the Collapse of the Soviet Union (December 1, 2015). International Review of Economic Education 22 (May), 2016: 23- 33, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2697633 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2697633

Marianne Johnson (Contact Author)

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Alexander Kovzik

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh ( email )

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