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It Is What It Is!

I want to tell you a story about a most remarkable man, Bo Frolchenko. There will be scant links to economics but read it anyhow. It’s a story about hard work, intent of purpose, success, honour, and love. Bo is one of my best friends and his life can indeed teach us something. He was […] Find out more

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Core concepts/principles

This post is primarily aimed at the IB1 crowd. Right about now you should be well along your Frustration Curve – it looks something like this over the first year:   Should be fairly self-explanatory but maybe a few words about where you are heading. Your first tests should be reasonably straightforward – let’s face […] Find out more

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Final call

Well, you have a few days left and then you will be sitting in rows of other economists, clock ticking, stern invigilator pitter-pattering about…and you have a few hours during which to prove your worth as an economist. How lucky I was to have a school system, Swedish, with no external exams! I could never […] Find out more

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Read your textbook first

It has escaped none of my students that our subject is a ‘composite’ subject – including (but in no ways limited to!) mathematics, history, political science, statistics and…well, stories. I always try to get across that the ability to become a good economist rests on two foundations; 1. good solid understanding of basic concepts and […] Find out more

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Last minute…

I’m having an interesting day. One of the Picts (look this up) I customarily hang out with for after-school grap juice (fermented) apparently decided to yank me back to reality after a three-day weekend by way of a perky good morning note: Shades of Adam Smith Then it turns out (no, I don’t read memos) […] Find out more

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Extended essay start-up

At every school I’ve worked at, the English and business/economics departments have accounted for at least one third of all extended essay (EE) titles. It makes sense; these two disciplines lend themselves easily to the study of a very broad cross-section of society – not that I personally could say anything insightful about Moby Dick […] Find out more

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