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Unemployment and Health Insurance Coverage
Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Students will search for data on unemployment and health insurance coverage, mapping them and underscoring the reasons for reductions in health insurance coverage when unemployment increases.

Economics Topics: Additional Topics:Health economics

Fertility Rate and Constant GDP per capita
Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Students will search for data on fertility rate and constant GDP per capita, mapping them and underscoring the reasons for lower fertility rates in richer countries.

Economics Topics: Macroeconomic Topics:Economic growth

Life Expectancy at Birth and Net Migration
Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Students will search for data on life expectancy at birth and net migration, mapping them and underscoring the reasons for international migration.

Economics Topics: Additional Topics:Immigration

Single-parent Households and Percent of Population Below the Poverty Level
Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Students will search for data on single-parent households and percent of population below the poverty level, mapping them and underscoring the opportunity costs of single parenting.

Economics Topics: Microeconomic Topics:Labor markets

Educational Attainment and Unemployment
Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Students will search for data on educational attainment and unemployment, mapping them and highlighting the relationship between human capital and employment outcomes.

Economics Topics: Microeconomic Topics:Labor markets

Price Elasticity of Demand
Doug McKee, Cornell University-Endowed Colleges
Teams are given a list of goods and asked to identify what they think are the most elastic and least elastic.

Economics Topics: Additional Topics:Other

Nonlinear Budget Constraints
Doug McKee, Cornell University-Endowed Colleges
Teams graph both linear and nonlinear budget constraints and identify optimal choices for consumers with different preferences.

Economics Topics: Additional Topics:Other

The Value of Car Insurance
Doug McKee, Cornell University-Endowed Colleges
Teams identify the factors that affect the decision to purchase car insurance.

Economics Topics: Additional Topics:Other

Welfare Loss from Monopoly
Doug McKee, Cornell University-Endowed Colleges
Students are presented with several potential markets and asked to consider the welfare consequences of monopoly power in each.

Economics Topics: Additional Topics:Other, Microeconomic Topics:Monopoly and other market structures

Food Trucks in the Short Run and the Long Run
Doug McKee, Cornell University-Endowed Colleges
Teams forecast the profitability of a food truck business in the long run, ideally taking into account the roles of their cost structure, potential market entry, and regulation.

Economics Topics: Microeconomic Topics:Competitive markets, Firm production and costs