Exploring Opportunity made economics courses a more engaging entry point for learning about subjects that build quantitative and qualitative skills. By rooting the study of data-related topics in real world problems, students are more likely to adopt an ongoing interest in economics.


Parker reports that many students believe that the field of economics is relegated to Wall Street and investment banking. To overcome this perception and to illustrate that economics often deals with real societal problems by bringing to bear interdisciplinary subjects, Exploring Opportunity designed courses to illustrate how economics goes beyond finance.

Takeaways & Best Practices

Students build capacity to use qualitative and quantitative data in solving real world problems rather than simply deploying theory.

Exploring Opportunity courses make economics more relatable for students and drive ongoing interest in the subject.

Exploring Opportunity continues the Tang Institute’s mission of partnering with thought leaders on solving pressing issues in education.

Bottom Line

Exploring Opportunity has advanced pedagogy at Phillips Academy by centering problem-based learning in economics curricula.

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