Robin Wells, an economist in the areas of international finance and contract theory, has co-authored (along with Paul Krugman) numerous articles on the financial crisis, as well as a best-selling textbook. She is guest editor of the forthcoming book on the economics and politics behind the Occupy Wall Street movement, “The Occupy Handbook”. She has been a member of the faculties of Stanford Business School, MIT Department of Economics, and Princeton University Department of Economics.
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Amid mass unemployment and economic turmoil, instructors who lecture on the superiority of free markets without acknowledging the dysfunction in the wider economy are at risk of appearing out of touch and exacerbating antipathy towards economics.