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    From Data and Theory to Real Life: The Impact of the Great Recession part of Examples
    This two-part module is intended to use real macroeconomic data to analyze the consequences of the Great Recession (December 07 and June 09) on RDGP, the Unemployment Rate, and help students understand the impact on their individual economic well being.

    Are Recessions Good for Gas Prices? part of Examples
    This activity allows students to investigate the different impacts on equilibrium price of gasoline (a commodity of interest). The students are able to see that multiple impacts effect the dynamic market.

    Where Do You Want to Live? Using GeoFRED part of Examples
    In this activity students will use GeoFRED information to provide a researched argument for the State they want to live in. The students will be able to explore and evaluate the factors impacting states and describe how these factors have changed over time.

    Unemployment or Inflation? That is the question! part of Examples
    This application will allow students to better understand the concepts and models presented during the course, as well as become aware of the macroeconomic situations in other countries. It will help them become better informed citizens.

    Purchasing Power Parity part of Examples
    This activity shows how to compute the purchasing power parity value of a currency and plots it against its nominal exchange rate. Students can apply the concept of the Law of One Price and discuss its shortcomings. This exercise can be replicated for multiple currencies, price indexes and time periods.

    Using State-Level Data to Study Unemployment Rates part of Examples
    Students use FRED to obtain regional, state, or county unemployment data. Unemployment rates can be used to describe the business cycle, to make multistate comparisons or to make comparisons to the U.S. economy.

    Nominal and Real Interest Rates part of Examples
    This activity shows how to compute real interest rates and plots them

    The Interest Swap Spread part of Examples
    This activity shows how to compute the interest rate swap spread and plots it

    Sovereign Debt Risk Premium part of Examples
    This activity shows how to compute the sovereign debt risk premium in Europe and plots it

    Inflation Expectations part of Examples
    This activity shows how to operationalize the concept of inflation expectations and plots it

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