All the best for 2018-19

Special back-to-school offer!

First edition books are now available for $5 plus shipping (which, for surface mail, should only cost 2 to 3 dollars per copy in North America or 6 to 7 dollars per copy worldwide).

If you are looking for a resource to improve your students’ understanding of the concepts and tools of I.B. economics, please send an email to me at This was the first workbook written for the more quantitative economics syllabus. Unlike other books from other publishers, it remains the only one which doesn’t resort to multiple choice questions but instead emphasises diagram analysis and evaluation questions.

Orders of more than 15 copies will also receive a complimentary copy of the second edition workbook and teachers’ guide. Copies of the second edition book are also available at the prices listed on

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Ordering materials to take you through to 2021

As we move towards the end of the academic year, it is always a good time to start thinking of acquiring resources for the upcoming school year.

One factor which I feel may be getting in the way of schools ordering materials is a belief that this coming August will see the adoption of an updated syllabus for IBDP economics.

While in the past the syllabus has been revised every 7 years, this latest update is supposedly going to take another couple of years and is only expected to be in place in time for students beginning in August 2020 and finishing in May 2022.

Thus, students writing exams until May and November of 2021 will still be following the current syllabus for which Workbook for the New I.B. Economics was written.

This being the case, I therefore encourage you to order additional copies if you have found the book helpful to your students. If you do wish to order books I especially encourage you to do so via Richard Heath’s IB Bookshop in the UK.

Finally, I would also like to draw your attention to my most recent articles, which have dealt with topics such as tensions in the Korean peninsula, the resilience of religious communities in the Holy Land, and the meaning of crypto-currencies.

All the best for a great remainder to the year.

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Scaffolding as a teaching and learning strategy

With several comprehensive I.B. economics textbooks available from major publishers, it is easy to question the place of a book like ‘Workbook for the New I.B. Economics’ (in both editions) in the educational ecosystem.

However, I have had an interesting series of conversations recently with a teacher whose students have both the workbook and a textbook. His opinion, based upon observing his own classes, is that the workbook gives students a more accessible

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Best wishes for the summer

As the school year (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) screams to a close, please accept my best wishes for a smooth ending and a restful and relaxing vacation.

If you wish to order copies of Workbook for the New I.B. Economics for next academic year, please do not hesitate to do so. The earlier I get the orders in, the earlier I can get them out and on their way.

Again, while I am happy to fill orders directly {just send an email to with your address, the number of copies you desire, and your preferred method of payment (cheque or credit card)}, I am also happy to direct you to local distributors. If you are in the U.K. or in Europe, I would encourage you to order from Richard Heath’s I.B. Bookshop. If you are in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world, I am happy to direct you to I.B. Source. You may also wish to order the book from, especially for single copies.

The book is available in two formats. The first edition book incorporates both the lessons and the exercises, while the second edition contains only exercises, the lessons being freely available online as a PDF. To download the PDF, please go to the page above entitled ‘The Second Edition’ or my page at

As the current syllabus is now scheduled to be in place for longer than the customary 7 years, if you have not yet purchased a class set of the books for your students I would encourage you to do so. I use the book myself and I have had a great deal of success (over half of last year’s cohort of 50 students earned a ‘6’ or a ‘7’) using it as the daily textbook/ workbook along with a quality study guide to help students prepare for exams.

Finally, as I haven’t updated my site for a while, I invite you to read my latest articles Conservative Renaissance and Cheques that can never be cashed

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Happy New Year!

As we move into 2017, I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year.

For those who may not have heard, the current syllabus has been extended to 9 years, so students starting the diploma programme both this coming academic year (August 2017 – exams May 2019) AND the subsequent two years (August 2018 – exams May 2020 and August 2019 – exams May 2021) will be taking the current course for which the book was written.

Personally I have hit upon a very good combination of books that my own students have found very useful. For day-to-day work I use my own workbook and online lessons. However, to support mastery of the material I have been ordering Ellie Tragakes’

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Student book/Teachers’ guide inspection sets now available

As we move into a new school year, I would like to invite schools which have not already purchased class sets of Workbook for the New I.B. Economics, 2nd Edition, Exercises to consider purchasing inspection sets of one copy along with one teachers’ guide.

Up to this point, teachers’ guides have only been sold along with class sets of the book, but after taking inventory this past month, I am confident that I have enough teachers’ guides to consider offering them to schools interested in using the book as a teacher

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If you got a postcard…

…thank you for coming by for a visit. Please feel free to have a look around the site. Information related to the 2nd edition of the book is found on the page listed above entitled “The Second Edition.”

The first edition of the book (published in April, 2011) was also written for the current syllabus and might be more appropriate for schools where students do not have laptops or tablets with which to access the online lessons that support the second edition exercise book.

One last thing that I did not put on the postcard which I would like to make people aware of is the possibility of ordering the book through International Schools Services (I.S.S.). I have found both I.S.S. and Richard Heath’s IB Bookshop to be excellent distributors and I would encourage schools to use their services. Of course, it is also possible to order books directly by emailing me at

Thank you again for visiting, and please accept my best wishes as you prepare your students for their exams in May.


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Welcome to 2016!

Wow! As the current syllabus came into force

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Congratulations to all those who wrote the November exams

I hope you all have a well-deserved break and enjoy some fine summer weather. Schools interested in ordering copies of the book for the next academic year starting in January are asked to let me know by late December to ensure timely delivery.

I would like to here also remind people that Workbook for the New I.B. Economics, 2nd Edition, is

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As summer holidays wind down…

…and our thoughts return, perhaps reluctantly, to the school year ahead, I would like to ask that if you have not yet ordered books for September that you do so soon as I would like to send out final orders in the next week or ten days.

I would also like to direct your attention to a couple of articles which were published over the last couple of months. Below please find the links to them on the Mises Canada website:

All the best for a great start to the new year.

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