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There are many varied uses of media in teaching and learning economics. If you are new to this teaching and learning technique please see our exemplar, Opportunity Cost and Normal Profit. If you would like to submit an example of your own please contact Dirk Mateer.


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The Hudsucker Proxy: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Examples
This film chronicles the introduction of the hula hoop, a toy that set off one of the greatest fads in United States history. According to Wham-O, the manufacturer of the hoop, when the toy was first introduced in ...

A Beautiful Mind: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Examples
A Beautiful Mind won the Academy Award for best picture in 2001 and it chronicles the life of John Nash who is noted for his pioneering work on general equilibrium theory. This scene is a great way to discuss ...

Statistical Discrimination and Motherhood: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Examples
A news story interviews a woman who claims that it was difficult for her to find employment because she had children. The story is used to examine the concept of statistical discrimination and whether public policy should be used to discourage statistical discrimination in this case.

Opportunity Cost and Normal Profit: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Examples
A public interest group claims that pharmaceutical companies overstate the costs of developing drugs because they include the foregone earnings from the money invested in drug development. The story can be used to discuss the concepts of opportunity cost and normal profit.


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