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Interim Assessment of the Affordable Care Act part of Examples
Nathan Grawe, Carleton College
This assignment invites students to synthesize what they have learned about the American health care system and the theory of health care economics through an examination of changes in health care since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Learning About Racial Demography Using the US Census part of Examples
Liz Raleigh, Carleton College
The purpose of this activity is to give students the opportunity to learn how the US Census categorizes race and analyze racialized descriptive statistics. They will get a chance to digest the material in the Census reports, and teach it to others.

Economic Development of British Colonial America part of Examples
Serena Zabin, Carleton College
Through a close study of a rich set of demographic and economic statistics, students will see the development over 150 years of two similar yet divergent colonies (Virginia and Barbados). They will work through population, land use, and trade statistics with closely-guiding questions in order to find links between one set of numbers and another.

Shifting Attitudes on the Second Shift: A Statistical Analysis of Women and Work part of Examples
Liz Raleigh, Carleton College
(How) have public attitudes about work and gender changed over the last 25 years? Using the General Social Survey (available online) students will conduct a descriptive statistical analysis of Americans perceptions about women and work from 1988. They will then contextualize their findings within the contemporary literature about these issues.

Quantifying gustatory sensitivity using signal detection theory part of Examples
Julia Strand, Carleton College
In this lab, students explore the complex relationship between sensory stimulus and perceptual experience. This lab demonstrates how "noise" in the perceptual system, individual variability, and sensory adaptation influence perceptual judgments.

Evaluating Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Victorian Novels part of Examples
Susan Jaret McKinstry, Carleton College
Current research on the Victorian novel includes fascinating, even radical quantitative methods that are transforming assumptions about literary history. This assignment will explore these new methods and help students learn to understand and evaluate quantitative data in relation to literature.

Environmental Injustice: Evaluating the evidence part of Examples
Kimberly Smith, Carleton College
This assignment teaches students how to evaluate arguments concerning the maldistribution of environmental hazards, based on complex quantitative data.

Measuring Wellbeing across Racial Groups using Data and Statistics part of Examples
, Carleton College
This set of assignments exposes students to statistics and data pertaining to economic wellbeing over time across racial (black-white)categories in the U.S.

Teaching Principles Students How to Assess the State of the Economy part of Examples
Steven Greenlaw, University of Mary Washington
Principles of economics students are asked to collect and analyze data on a few macro economic aggregates to give them a first taste of empirical work.

Empirical Economics Research Proposal part of Examples
Nathan Grawe, Carleton College
This assignment asks students to propose an original research question and identify data that could be used to answer that question.

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