I trained as both an economist and a historian because I think it is important to connect the present with the past in order to understand the context in which economic decisions are made.
I teach economics to my students as policy science, as a means of getting them to think about how and why the world around them works in the way it does, and how it can be improved. This partly involves providing them with the long view, so they can better appreciate in which ways society can change over time, and in which ways it can stay the same.
Economists need economic history, but they aren't typically getting much of it in their university training. This is because their professors were themselves never taught it. I lead a pedagogical research project to develop new teaching and learning material aimed at solving this problem. Find out more about the project inan op-ed I wrote for QPol, and a podcast interviewfor Palgrave Macmillan.