Art Goldsmith

Washington & Lee University

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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching the Causes and Consequences of Unemployment part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching:Examples
In this teaching exercise students will extend the conventional economic framework for analyzing the causes and consequences of unemployment to incorporate insight from psychologists and sociologists. Thus, the exercise adopts the hierarchical approach to interdisciplinary learning. Students will explore theories from psychologists and sociologists that link joblessness to emotional well-being and discover how economists then connect the psychological status of a nation's workforce to their productivity. These linkages are then built into standard economic models for analyzing aggregate output and prices (i.e., aggregate supply aggregate demand) and for employment determination (i.e., marginal productivity theory of labor) to obtain a richer more complete understanding of the impact of a recession. The analysis reveals that recessions are expected to be deeper and of greater duration when an interdisciplinary analysis is conducted. Moreover, alternative (i.e., non-neoclassical) paradigms within the discipline of economics for explaining joblessness are briefly described and brought into the discussion. Finally, policy options for eliminating a recession are re-considered given the interdisciplinary framework offered in this exercise.

Teaching Method Module

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching
Developed by Arthur H. Goldsmith, Washington and Lee University. Assistance provided by: Darrick Hamilton, Milano-The New School for Management and Urban Policy, Karen Hornsby, North Carolina A&T State ...

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Art Goldsmith part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Department of Economics Huntley Hall Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA 24450 Phone: 540.458.8970 Fax: 540.458.8639 Background Information Art Goldsmith is the Jackson T. Stephens ...

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