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The US economy during your lifetime part of Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students predict the best graphical representation of US real GDP/capita during the last twenty years, choosing from graphs showing: cyclical decline, cyclical change with no net change, cyclical increase, or erratic wide fluctuations. Using actual US data, students graph real GDP/capita to find out the actual pattern: a rising series with periodic dips, not a flat series, a falling series, or a highly erratic series as students often predict. Students then reflect on why this pattern is often misunderstood and why it may not fully describe the well-being of the US population.
Think-Pair-Share Activity for Understanding Price Controls part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
An exercise designed to facilitate understanding of the impacts of price controls on market outcomes, with a follow up exercise covering these and related concepts.
Using cooperative peer editing to improve writing assignments in economics part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This peer review of writing tool helps students improve their writing by asking their peers in the class to provide feedback in a constructive manner.
Think-pair-share: Functions of money part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This cooperative learning activity helps students gain a deeper understanding of the three functions of money and provides practice applying those ideas to real-life items.
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.
Empirical Economics Research Proposal part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment asks students to propose an original research question and identify data that could be used to answer that question.
Teaching Principles Students How to Assess the State of the Economy part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples
Principles of economics students are asked to collect and analyze data on a few macro economic aggregates to give them a first taste of empirical work.
Measuring Wellbeing across Racial Groups using Data and Statistics part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This set of assignments exposes students to statistics and data pertaining to economic wellbeing over time across racial (black-white)categories in the U.S.
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.