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A Cooperative Learning Approach to Policy Debates (with Application to an Economics of Poverty and Discrimination Class) part of 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 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.

Think-Pair-Share Activity for Understanding Price Controls part of 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 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 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.

Impact of federal deficits part of Examples
Based on a fable about government debt, students identify the relevance of crowding out, monetizing a debt, external debt, and stimulus spending.

Counting GDP part of Examples
Working in small groups, students determine how 18 items are included in GDP (or if they are excluded.) Cards turned over one at a time encourage participation by all group members.

Economies of scale part of Examples
Working in groups of three, students analyze economies of scale. Each student constructs an individual short-run ATC curve, then the three students collaborate to determine if there are economies or diseconomies of scale and to create the long run ATC.



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