“Your Economics Professor is almost Certainly a Charlatan: A review with commentary of ‘My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics’,” a film by Mary Filippo

August 20, 2020 — Monthly Review Essays
My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics

This fifty-eight-minute film will interest anyone who has taken a college-level course in economics, especially those who were baffled by the professor’s pronouncements but too insecure or embarrassed to ask an obvious question. Filmmaker Mary Filippo began in 2004 to audit economics classes in the hope that she could “learn something about globalization. Does it really help people in developing countries? What are its downsides?” She did not learn these things. She says, “What I found in these courses was instead a difficult to understand presentation of the economy through graphic models.”(1)

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