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The Economic Animal
May 16, 2022
Kevin Santamaria
Non-fiction: Business/Finance/Economics
During my last year as an undergraduate, I became frustrated with the content of my economics education. I was frustrated that my classes assumed economic equilibrium while the world around me showed me the opposite: Ecological decay, growing income and wealth inequality, and oligopolistic markets. I became especially disgruntled that my professors would dismiss my concerns when I brought up the environment. After all, the University of Vermont prided itself for being one of the most environmentally-conscious universities in the world. However, the economics degree rarely, if ever, acknowledged that the economy existed in an environment.

When I met Professor Joshua Farley, everything changed for me. Professor Farley taught in a different college: The College of Agriculture and Life Science. He also taught economics, but a different variety: Ecological Economics. As I dug deeper into what this meant, I realized that the University of Vermont had split the economics department into two branches, in two separate colleges. The mainstream/neoclassical department through the College of Arts and Sciences (my major), and the ecological economics department through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As a student of mainstream economics, I was barred from receiving credits in ecological economics for my economics degree. In other words, taking a class in ecological economics was the equivalent of taking a cooking class or chemistry course in the eyes of the economics department: Almost completely irrelevant to our area of study.

I began writing editorials in the award-winning college newspaper, the Vermont Cynic. I argued that both departments of economics should be housed under one college, and the economics degree should be unified. As such, economics students should have the ability to learn ecological economics alongside their other mainstream economics classes.

This was my motivation for writing the book. I was fortunate to study at the University of Vermont. Most universities do not even have a single class in ecological economics, let alone an entire department, even if it is housed in a separate college. I realized that how economics is taught needs to change, and not only at the University of Vermont, but all over the world. Until how we teach economics changes, we will not change the economic policies that are impacting the world.

This book is a serious attempt at rethinking how we see, understand, and study the economy with ecological economics at the center. The purpose of this book is to bring ecological economics from the basement of the University of Vermont to the forefront of the economics profession.
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