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Impact of federal deficits part of Examples
Based on a fable about government debt, students identify the relevance of crowding out, monetizing a debt, external debt, and stimulus spending.

Subject: Economics, Macro policy

Counting GDP part of Examples
Working in small groups, students determine how 18 items are included in GDP (or if they are excluded.) Cards turned over one at a time encourage participation by all group members.

Subject: Economics, Macro

Economies of scale part of Examples
Working in groups of three, students analyze economies of scale. Each student constructs an individual short-run ATC curve, then the three students collaborate to determine if there are economies or diseconomies of scale and to create the long run ATC.

Subject: Economics, Micro

Using Note-Taking Pairs to Enhance Understanding of Difficult Concepts (such as Income and Substitution Effects) part of Examples
A variation of the think-pair-share technique is used to reinforce understanding of the income and substitution effects associated with a price change.

Subject: Economics

A Send-a-Problem Exercise for Applying Labor Force Participation Models to Popular Press Articles part of Examples
Send-a-problem exercise used to link economic theory covered in a labor economics course with related trends exemplified in a popular press article.

Subject: Economics:Micro

Using Cooperative Peer Editing to Develop Effective Economic Research Questions part of Examples
Students engage in peer editing and cooperative discussion to enhance research questions based on criteria designed to generate effective economic research questions.

Subject: Economics

Think-Pair-Share: Analyzing changes in supply & demand and predicting impacts on equilibrium part of Examples
An exercise designed to facilitate understanding of supply and demand shifts as well as impacts on market outcomes with follow up exercises covering these and related concepts.

Subject: Economics:Micro

Send-a-problem: Making the connection between data and models part of Examples
The send-a-problem activity helps students make a connection between real world data and theoretical models.

Subject: Economics

A Cooperative Learning Approach to Policy Debates (with Application to an Economics of Poverty and Discrimination Class) part of Examples
This activity utilizes a cooperative learning approach to in-class policy debates.

Subject: Economics

An Extended Think-Pair-Share Application: Trends in the U.S. Wage Structure part of Examples
This activity uses a think-pair-share approach to helping students connect observations about disparate changes in the market for skilled/unskilled labor to long-run trends in wage inequality.

Subject: Economics:Micro

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