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Airline Revenues: Supply and Demand (Context Rich Problem) part of Examples
An exercise that has students translate an economic event described in the newspaper into representation in a supply and demand diagram

Increase in Minimum Wage: Perplexing Result? (Context Rich Problem) part of Examples
An exercise that has students translate an economic event described in the newspaper into representation in a supply and demand diagram

Sandwiches and Elasticity Context-Rich Problem part of Examples
Students are asked to apply what they learned in class to a real life scenario question.

Long-Run Economic Growth: Context Rich Problem part of Examples
Students are asked to apply what they learned in class to a real life scenario question.

Tariff Context Rich Problem part of Examples
This context rich problems allows students to apply concepts such as efficiency and surplus in the context of lowering tariffs.

Movement along vs. shift of demand curve: Water chlorination (Context Rich Problem) part of Examples
This context-rich problem asks students to distinguish between a movement along a demand curve and a shift of a demand curve for a price-inelastic product: water chlorination in Kenya.

Gasoline consumption: incentive effects of taxes vs. standards (Context Rich Problem) part of Examples
Students analyze the effectiveness, equity and political appeal of higher gasoline taxes and increased CAFE standards as a means of achieving a reduction in oil imports.

Unemployment and discouraged workers: Context Rich Problem part of Examples
Students use the Current Population Survey to calculate the official unemployment rate and two variations that include discouraged workers. Students compare the results and discuss what the varying definitions reveal about the labor market.

Tutoring Service and Price Discrimination Context-Rich Problem part of Examples
Students are asked to apply what they learned in class to a real life scenario question.

Explicit and Implicit Costs of Education: Context Rich Problem part of Examples
Students are faced with advising a roommate about the costs and benefits of continuing with their education. Specifically, students are asked to apply the concepts of explicit and implicit costs to a real world scenario.

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