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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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"Father Christmas" by The Kinks part of Examples
"Father Christmas" by The Kinks is used in conjunction with Joel Waldfogel's article "The Deadweight Loss of Christmas" to examine the relative value of cash versus inkind gifts. This can then be extended to an analysis of various public policies.

"Closer to Free" by The BoDeans part of Examples
This flash animation for the song "Closer to Free" describes the Economic Freedom of the World index, provides a summary of countries with high and low values of the index, and highlights the importance of economic freedom in a country's standard of living.

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.


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