Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Rebecca Moryl’s work.

Dr. Moryl and Katie Thompson ’20 are working together this academic year to research government and economic policies that hinder or benefit communal lending cooperatives, particularly in the fast-growing economies of sub-Saharan Africa.

After creating the website audioecon, a curated library of podcasts to enhance economics instruction, Dr. Moryl and one of her student research assistants investigated the utilization of learner-generated podcasts as means to teach economics. Her award-winning “Podlearning” technique was published in the Journal of Economic Education in 2015, and continues to serve as a tool for her “Intro to Microeconomics” students.

Dr. Moryl and her student researchers have also collaborated on topics related to consumer decisions on mortgages and personal finance, as well as local economic development across Massachusetts. She has even taken her pedagogical research on applied economics across the globe—with a 2016 Whiting fellowship to South Africa and a 2018-19 Fulbright fellowship to Rwanda—returning with new teaching and learning techniques and new research interests in which students can get involved.

In working with Dr. Moryl, students also get a crash course in reviewing economic data and literature, compiling research summaries and drafting papers for academic journals. In 2019, Dr. Moryl and Jannet Desvira ’19, along with Emmanuel professor Dr. Florencia Gabriele co-authored an article, “HeadsUp! Econ: Making exam review sessions fun and effective” in the Journal of Economics Education.

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