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I’m Jim Luke and I teach college economics. This  website, econproph.net, is actually a network of several different websites that I use in teaching my college economics courses. In the modern era (last ten years or so), I’ve taught 6 different subjects or courses for college credit in economics:

So far, I’ve created sites on this Econproph network for the first four courses above, the ones I teach most often.  I use these sites in teaching my classes, both my online classes and my lecture-based face-to-face classes.  Indeed, any material that I assign students to read or study and that doesn’t involve the student submitting something to be graded is located here on these websites.  Assignments such as quizzes, some graded discussion forums, or tests are not located here but are located securely behind my school’s learning management system (Moodle, Desire2Learn, etc).  However, in some courses such as Economic History and Comparative Systems, students contribute to the websites here by posting their projects or reports.

The public is welcome to read, study, and browse these course sites!  Indeed, I hope you will and I hope you’ll learn something. If you’re a student at another college or university, I hope maybe these sites and pages will help you better understand the course you’re taking at that school.  If you’re just looking for a refresher or an explanation I hope these sites help you.

However, the primary purpose of these sites is teaching the students that have enrolled in my classes (and paid tuition!).  Thus, I only allow comments on these sites by my registered students.

If you’re interested in my background, experience, or teaching philosophy, please visit my faculty pages at jimluke.com.  If you’re interested in economics in general, you’ll probably find my public economics blog interesting at econproph.com.

So why study economics?  John Maynard Keynes once explained:

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.