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 an applied social science, as a means of getting them to think about how and why the world around them works in the way it does. 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 (with Matthias Blum) 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 interviewwith Palgrave Macmillan editor Ruth Noble.