Tony Myatt

Tony Myatt received his PhD from McMaster University with distinction in theory. He has taught at McMaster University, Western University, Nipissing University College, the University of Toronto, and the University of New Brunswick, where he has been Professor of Economics since 1992. His research interests have included the supply-side effects of interest rates, labour market discrimination, unemployment rate disparities, and the methods and content of economic education. His interest in textbooks stems from re-evaluating what is typically taught at the introductory level. As a result, he has developed several different introductory courses as vehicles for teaching principles of economics, including Economics of Everyday Life, Economics in the Real World, and Economics Through Film. Professor Myatt was the recipient of UNB’s Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.

  • The Economics Anti-Textbook

    A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Microeconomics

    By Rod Hill and Tony Myatt     May 2010

    Mainstream textbooks present economics as an objective science free from value judgments. The Anti-Textbook argues that this is a myth-one that is not only dangerously misleading but also bland and boring. Challenging the mainstream textbooks’ assumptions, arguments, models and evidence, this book puts the controversy and excitement back into economics to reveal a fascinating and a vibrant field of study-one which is more an ‘art of persuasion’ than it is a science. Paralleling a typical textbook, each chapter provides a brief synopsis of the topic at hand before presenting an analysis and critique. Drawing on the work of leading economists, the Anti-Textbook lays bare the blind spots in the texts and their sins of omission and commission by demonstrating the hidden value judgments and lack of evidence, as well as the silencing of contrary evidence and alternative theories.