Tod Porter

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Youngstown State University

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Activities (2)

Statistical Discrimination and Motherhood: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Using Media to Enhance Teaching and Learning:Examples
After lecturing on the concept of statistical discrimination, the instructor plays the story "Pennsylvania Moms Fight Hiring Bias" which was broadcast on the National Public Radio news program All Things Considered. In the story, a woman claims that employers were unwilling to hire her as a secretary because she had children. She said one potential employer stated that women with children took too much time off. According to the story, discrimination based on parental status is legal in 28 states. After the story is played, students are asked whether this is an example of statistical discrimination. The issue of whether statistical discrimination should be allowed in some situations and what role the government should play in reducing statistical discrimination can also be discussed.

Opportunity Cost and Normal Profit: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Using Media to Enhance Teaching and Learning:Examples
After lecturing on the concepts of opportunity cost or normal profit, the instructor plays the story "RX Drug Costs," which was broadcast on the National Public Radio news program All Things Considered. Two individuals are interviewed in the story: a spokesman for the public interest group Public Citizen, who argues that drug companies overstate the costs of drug development, and a spokesman for the drug companies who claims they do not. Much of the difference in the estimates of how much it costs to develop new drugs is due to foregone earnings on the money invested in drug research. The Public Citizen spokesman argues that the foregone earnings should not be included, while the representative of the drug companies say it should. The story can be used to discuss whether firms should consider the opportunity costs of investments in research and development and the concept of normal profit.

Other Contributions (2)

Using Media to Enhance Teaching and Learning part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Using Media to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Developed by G. Dirk Mateer, Penn State University, with considerable help from Linda S. Ghent, Eastern Illinois University, Tod Porter, Youngstown State University and Ray Purdom, University of North Carolina at ...

Tod S. Porter part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Professor and Chairperson, Department of Economics One University Plaza Department of Economics, YSU Youngstown, OH 44555 tsporter@ysu.edu Phone:330-941-3431 Background Information Tod S. Porter is Chair of the ...


Events and Communities

Developing Modules for Teaching Economics