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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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Healthcare in America: Whats Really Going On? part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Starting Point: Economics in Two-Year Colleges:Activities
By considering two NPR Radio shows from an economic perspective, students will understand the complexities of the healthcare system in the United States and the breadth of market failures throughout the system.

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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