What would Intro to Economics be like if you started with the problems of wealth creation and innovation, instability, environmental sustainability, and inequality? Find out by going to for a new free online Principles e-text, The Economy. You can have it on your smart-phone for free too by downloading the App.

CORE is the new introductory course for first year students at University College London, University of Bristol, Sciences Po (Paris), Toulouse School of Economics, and Humboldt University of Berlin.

Recent adopters of CORE say:

“The CORE Project is the best innovation in economic education that I have seen in my career.”
Christian Gollier, former director, Toulouse School of Economics

“CORE is a brilliant way to introduce students to economics: it combines state of the art economic theory with a big-picture perspective on modern development; and it does it using a variety of new teaching tools that students love.”
Nikolaus Wolf, Professor of Economics, Humboldt University, Berlin

Besides University College London, University of Bristol, Sciences Po (Paris), Toulouse School of Economics, and Humboldt University of Berlin, another 30 universities are also using CORE:

Azim Premji University (India)

Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal)

Bangor Business School

Sciences Po Lille

Birkbeck, University of London

SIT Graduate Institute (Vermont)

Cardiff Business School

Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Cardiff School of Management

Stockholm University

Central European University (Hungary)

TUM School of Management (Germany)

Cornell University (New York)

Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)

Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)

University College Roosevelt (Netherlands)

Hamilton College (New York)

University of Chile

Howon University (South Korea)

University of Geneva

Izmir University of Economics

University of Manchester

Kings’ College London

University of Reunion Island

Lahore University of Management Sciences

University of Siena

Middlebury College (Vermont)

University of Sydney

Missouri State University

University of Vermont

HM Treasury

CORE’s most recent sponsor, Her Majesty’s Treasury says “CORE is good for economics and for economic policy”.

Students learn models using interactive diagrams and online quizzes with feedback in the e-book, and play games and participate in experiments in class.


Manufacturing in China

Teachers can download for free the 200 data sets used in the e-text, lecture slides, and extra MCQs.

Over 33,000 students and 2,200 teachers are registered for access to CORE. Join them at

Read what the media says about CORE –

But, will students who took the CORE intro course be well-prepared for their intermediate economics courses in year two?” Since the introduction of the CORE syllabus at University College London in 2014, this was the question we were most regularly asked by colleagues. We can now, finally, provide a preliminary answer: Former CORE students did better in both micro and macro. Read more about these results in our blog.

Manufacturing in China

The Economy e-text is responding to students’ needs to understand the ‘changing world’. We asked the first year students at universities teaching with CORE for their view on what are the most pressing issues economists need to focus on these days:

Manufacturing in China


As part of its strategy to improve the teaching of economics CORE is now seeking to expand its outreach and impact in the United States. It will do so in collaboration with Barnard College, which has received a major award from the Teagle Foundation. Find out more at


A recently awarded grant from the Nuffield Foundation will be used to develop Economics as a Quantitative Social Science (EQuSS), a new course and free-to-access online text that will introduce students who do not intend to specialise in economics to the discipline as a method of social enquiry, and encourage the development of quantitative social science.Find out more at

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