Advice to a Young Economics Professor

From: J

Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 6:21 AM

To: Walter Block <[email protected]>

Subject: asking for an advice

Dear Professor Block,

I have one question for you as a more experienced colleague: my University is starting an Economics Major program and for the first time this Fall I will be teaching Intermediate Microeconomics. I am torn between doing what I think they should be learning (“Man, Economy and State” by Sensei) and what might be opportune for them to learn (standard stuff, probably Varian textbook). Any advice?


From: Walter Block <[email protected]>

Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 10:51 AM

To:  J

Subject: RE: asking for an advice

Dear J:

Do the Varian type text. Why? won’t get in trouble

2.the Rothbard will be unfair to your students who go on to grad school. There, Varian, not Rothbard, will help them

But, in addition to the Varian as your main text, also include several Rothbard, Mises, etc., shorter essays. Also, you don’t have to cover ALL of your main text. Three quarters will do just fine.

Best regards,



2:38 am on July 28, 2022