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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.

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.

Economic argument about increasing fuel efficiency part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

Critique of an economic argument about increasing fuel efficiency involving linear and exponential growth.

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.

Understanding Macroeconomic Statistics: Country Profile Project part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

This project, appropriate for principles of macro students, provides students with the opportunity to use collect and present real world data pertinent to macro concepts such as GDP, economic growth, unemployment and inflation. A short quantitative writing assignment reinforces interpretation skills.

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

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

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.

Economic Development of British Colonial America part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

Through a close study of a rich set of demographic and economic statistics, students will see the development over 150 years of two similar yet divergent colonies (Virginia and Barbados). They will work through population, land use, and trade statistics with closely-guiding questions in order to find links between one set of numbers and another.

Data Rich Economic Policy Brief part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples

This assignment asks students to write a data-rich policy brief, showing their ability to apply standard microeconomic models and contextualizing the policy debate with numeric evidence.