Journal of Economic Education Volume 46, Number 3, ISSN 0022-0485
This article is not the usual Excel pedagogy fare in that it does not provide an application or example taught via a spreadsheet. Instead, it briefly reviews the history of spreadsheets in the economics classroom and explores the current environment, with an emphasis on modern learning theory. The conclusion is not surprising: spreadsheets improve learning outcomes across the economics curriculum and are increasingly being used. They offer the "just right" option that gives a middle way between too little and too much focus on software in an economics course.
Barreto, H. (2015). Why Excel?. Journal of Economic Education, 46(3), 300-309.