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The Fiscal Ship Game

In this economics activity, students will find a combination of policies that match their values and priorities and set a budget.
Key Concepts: Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Budgeting, Fiscal Policy
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FRED and the Federal Budget Interactive Lesson

Students will use a Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) data dashboard to calculate budget deficits, surpluses, how much federal budgets...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budget Deficit, Budget Surplus…
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Fiscal Ship Through the Lens of the Elections

Where does each party stand when it comes to fiscal management? In this lesson, students will analyze each major political...
Key Concepts: Budget Deficit, Budget Deficits and Public Debt, GDP…
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Party Platforms and Economic Issues

According to Gallup, Americans have considered the state of the economy "among the most important U.S. problems" since 2008. The...
Key Concepts: Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Employment and Unemployment, Roles of Government…
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Campaign Finance

Compelling Question: In addressing the compelling question "Does money matter in political campaigns?" students work through a series of supporting...
Key Concepts: Public-Choice Analysis
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Minimum Wage / The Challenge of Living on it

COMPELLING QUESTION Should the federal government increase the federal minimum wage? Increasing the minimum wage is a controversial issue in...
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Balancing the Federal Budget

ESSENTIAL DILEMMA When, if ever, should the nation prioritize balancing the federal budget?
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Credit…
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The Economics of National Security

ESSENTIAL DILEMMA How do we know if we are getting good value out of the money we spend on defense?
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Medicare and the National Debt

In this economics lesson, students will discuss the value we place on guaranteeing quality health care to the elderly.
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Financial Markets…
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Money and Elections

Students will be introduced to the sources of campaign war chests, learning about the recent court decisions that have allowed...
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Public Choice Economics

Students participate in a series of classroom elections to analyze special-interest effects and see how the costs of voting and...
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Public-Choice Analysis
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The Panic of 1893 and the Election of 1896

ESSENTIAL DILEMMA Were the contradictory responses political leaders had to the panic of 1893 driven more by economic/political self-interest or...
Key Concepts: Budget Deficit, Budgeting, Business Cycles…
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