Sightline Fellow Yoram Bauman has a new report out today: “Grading Economics Textbooks on Climate Change.” He gives letter grades and written evals to the nation’s top-selling college economics textbooks, rating them on the accuracy of their treatment of climate science and climate economics.
Bauman, who is perhaps best known as the world’s only “stand-up economist,” is a PhD economist at the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment, and he is author of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics. He is also well known for his work on tax shifting and carbon pricing, so he knows of what he grades.
See which world famous economist’s work garners this remark: “what really stands out is how disconnected the book is from the real world.” See which textbook Bauman calls “a masterpiece vandalized by hooligans.” And find out which college course staple earns the only “F” in the report, a book so bad that Bauman argues it should be hounded out of print.
Paul Krugman’s in there. So are Ben Bernanke and Greg Mankiw. But how do they stack up? And which textbook wins the award for the worst treatment of climate change in an economics textbook? You’ll have to read it to find out.