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Using economic theory to predict outcomes: Applying stylized facts from the literature to the Solow Model part of Teaching Methods:Undergraduate Research:Examples

Students often do not understand how to derive a theoretical model and how to manipulate it to get predictions. The emphasis of this pedagocial example is to show students how they can manipulate the Solow model to predict outcomes. Student develop a set of "stylized facts" from a literature search. They then used those stylized facts to manipulate the model to answer a complex real-world question whose answer is ambigous.

Exploring Economic Inequality with Data part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

This set of assignments exposes students to data which can be used to analyze economic inequality in international and historical context. Then students are asked to generate a thesis-driven argument drawing supporting evidence from one or more of the data sources.

Writing about Numbers We Should Know part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

This opening assignment for an introductory quantitative reasoning course asks students to write about "Numbers We Should Know." Its goal is to help students begin to think quantitatively, evaluate the sources of quantitative information critically, and write using numbers precisely and thoughtfully.

Two Views of a Tax Cut part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

Statistical Graphs: Aids Cases and Deaths by Year and Historical Poverty in the US part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI). part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth anddevelopment as commonly measured by per capita GDP and the HumanDevelopment Index (HDI) for 100 countries of the world. There is a bigdebate about how good an indicator HDI is compared to GDP per capita asa measure of development.

Do Quantitative Indicators Make Qualitative Meaning?: Analysis of World Development Indicators, Human Development Indicators, and Happy Planet Indicators part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

The following urls contains relevant materials for this assignment: http://www.happyplanetindex.org/public-data/files/happy-planet-index-2-0.pdf http://go.worldbank.org/UWABM2F1J0 http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDI_methodology.pdf

Analyzing the Last Five Years of the US Economy for an Intermediate Macro Course part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

Intermediate students are asked to analyze data on the components of consumption and investment expenditures and explanatory variables based on textbook models of each. Students look for rough correlations between the explanatory and dependent variables.

Writing Precise Explanations of Graphic/Tabular Display of Economic Data part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

This assignment asks for short, precise explanations of economic data displayed in graphs and tables.

Using State-Level Data to Study Nominal and Real GDP, Part 1—GDP Deflators and Inflation Rates part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

Calculation of state-level GDP deflators and inflation rates "Using FRED" section.