Back to top
world map

History of Economic Thought [Economics]

The History of Economic Thought: Back to the Future course will challenge your preconceived ideas about economics, history, and current global issues. The course will use the flip teaching method, where the class becomes a space for exchange, debate, and critical thinking.

The HET course will pretend that you try four things: ask the big (economic, social) questions, read the greatest (economic, philosophy) thinkers of our history by yourself, think critically about their and other ideas, and write your own arguments and (probably) new ideas.

We will cover great thinkers starting from Plato or Aristotle, to follow on with less known precursors of the modern economic theory like the School of Salamanca. Then we will examine, among others, what is that “invisible hand” concept of Adam Smith, how communism is defined by Marx, how Hayek and Keynes offered different solutions to the 20th-century economies. Also, you will understand how game theory has reshaped economics or why “The Big Short” movie explains multiple things about economics today. How would all these thinkers have reacted to cryptocurrencies, inflation, global trade, or sustainability? Let’s learn what history teaches us about the present and the future.

Moreover, the course will include visiting key economic institutions in Madrid and bringing great economic thinkers to the classroom, while debating, learning, reading, and enjoying the fascinating world of economics over time.

Paula Elisa Etxebarría

Paulina Elisa holds a PhD in Economics from the UPV/EHU (Bilbao) and a M.A. Business and Economics, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), as well as a degree in Economics from UPV/EHU (Bilbao).

She has wide research experience in various universities (Boston College, University of Pennsylvania, European University Institute). She has been teaching since 2104 at IE University (Introduction to Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Global Economic Environment, Economics, Policy and Technology, Economic Growth and Inequality) and in UPV/EHU from 2005 – 2011.

She coordinates the Microeconomics course for BBA since 2020 and has combined her work in academia with research and international consulting services on innovation and urban growth and development in cities and regions.


We use both our own and third-party cookies to enhance our services and to offer you the content that most suits your preferences by analysing your browsing habits. Your continued use of the site means that you accept these cookies. You may change your settings and obtain more information here. Accept