What Are the Benefits of Learning Economics?

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There are many !
Firstly, learning economics enables one to acquire critical thinking and evaluation skills. Many examination questions require significant analysis and the ability to explore various angles to an issue. Higher order thinking skills are required. With my experience training senior corporate executives in thinking skills, I am able to coach and mentor my students quite effectively including teaching them useful evaluation frameworks such as FEAST (Feasibility, Effectiveness, Appropriateness, Side-effects and Timing).


So, by learning economics, one is also learning to become a successful Entrepreneur, Manager and Business Consultant.
Secondly, learning economics enables one to make better decisions. Apart from the thinking skills mentioned above, there are also valuable concepts like opportunity costs and marginal analysis that will enable one to make more correct or optimal decisions. For example, one may have purchased a country club membership in KL, Malaysia. However, the cost of purchase should not influence one’s decision as to whether to drive up there for a holiday. That would require marginal analysis, which is to consider the incremental benefit and cost of another holiday up in KL, and the cost of the membership purchase should not matter. Yet we may hear ourselves say: “Aiyoh, already paid $20,000 for the membership…must use lah.” That may be how we feel, but it is not sound decision making.
Thirdly, firm strategies is a sizeable topic and that includes how firms may compete, how firms may set prices and implement strategies to raise revenues and cut costs. All these knowledge will be very useful for starting and growing a successful business in future. So, by learning economics, one is also learning to become a successful Entrepreneur, Manager and Business Consultant. Not to mention, economists are in high demand by Governments and Banks and those jobs usually pay well.

Fourthly, the knowledge of economics can enable one to make shrewd investment decisions. With the knowledge of various economic theories, one can forecast changes in asset prices, exchange rates and other economic data which will impact financial investments. (A side effect (benefit?) is that you may become very popular with many trying to fish out insights and forecasts. I speak from personal experience. 😁
Fifthly, if we look at the Government of Singapore today, we will find many ministers who are trained in economics. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Chan Chun Sing, Ong Ye Kung, Heng Swee Keat are some examples. Why is that so? I believe it is due to the cumulation of the first four benefits. A lot of sound policy making benefit from application of economics concepts.
Gosh! That also means one of my students may have a very high chance of becoming Singapore’s future PM!!!

Finally, if one becomes unemployed in the future, at least he will be able to understand why and be able to name the type of unemployment! (Yes, Singaporeans, please take note, this is an examination question!! LoL)
The benefits are many. But the learning journey is not that easy…
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