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Understanding Poverty and Income Distribution through Community Service part of Teaching Methods:Service Learning:Examples
Students volunteer at any one of a variety of community agencies that serve low-income populations to better understand the underlying issues of poverty and income distribution in their community.
University Economic Impact Analysis: Applying microeconomic tools and concepts part of Teaching Methods:Service Learning:Examples
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.
Replicating Results of Famous Empirical Papers part of Teaching Methods:Undergraduate Research:Examples
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.
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.
A Cooperative Learning Approach to Policy Debates (with Application to an Economics of Poverty and Discrimination Class) part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This activity utilizes a cooperative learning approach to in-class policy debates.
An Extended Think-Pair-Share Application: Trends in the U.S. Wage Structure part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This activity uses a think-pair-share approach to helping students connect observations about disparate changes in the market for skilled/unskilled labor to long-run trends in wage inequality.
Send-a-problem: Making the connection between data and models part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
The send-a-problem activity helps students make a connection between real world data and theoretical models.