What we decided was that if you could commit yourself to the five or
six key ideas, the ones that do most of the heavy lifting in economics,
students really could master those after a semester, and the key device
that we’ve stumbled onto for doing that is a writing assignment.
Here is the full interview with Frank, mostly on his teaching philosophy and his excellent new book, The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas. My blurb for the book was:
"Smart, snappy and delightful. Bob Frank is one of America’s best writers on economics."