I went to Amherst College – it is clearly one of the 20 best colleges in America (I have to say that of course). Its economics department gave birth to Joe Stiglitz and I faithfully studied Stiglitzian economics for three years as a student there. Upon completing that, I spent two years as an investment banker for a boutique M&A firm on Wall Street. I then spent five years obtaining a PhD in Economics from Cornell University.
So, that’s 8 years of formal training in economics, and many thousands of hours of informal training.
While at Cornell I taught my own course in Labor Economics for two years.
I spent two years as an Assistant Professor at Centre College (home of the Vice Presidential debates and also the college with the largest percentage of alumni that donate to their school – people love Centre College).
I then spent two years as a Senior Economist (i.e. a researcher/writer) at an Economic Research organization, where I also was responsible for running a summer economics education program.
I have been teaching undergraduates here at the U of Rochester for four full years and am in my fifth year.
I am not allowed to teach economics in a public high school. In fact, much of the economics taught is done by Social Studies and History teachers. More than one of my students has told me that their version of economics was either a stock market trading game … or a series of Michael Moore videos and Naomi Klein books. I know the above sounds a bit like an argument from authority (I don’t like hearing people who say, “I have XX years of experience therefore I am …”) but I think the point here is worth making.
Have a nice day.