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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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Economic Indicators for Informed Citizens

Newly updated! This lesson introduces students to three basic economic indicators: real GDP, the inflation rate, and the unemployment rate....
Key Concepts: Consumer Price Index (CPI), Employment and Unemployment, Gross Domestic Product (GDP)…
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Cowboy Bob Builds a Community

A cowboy rides into a ghost town and decides that it needs to be rebuilt. Students will select the necessary...
Key Concepts: Roles of Government
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Jobs: Who Needs 'Em?

In this lesson, students will look at the importance having some kind of job. At early ages they sometimes get...
Key Concepts: Employment and Unemployment, Trade-offs among Goals
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Transportation: They Say We Had a Revolution (Part 3)

Advancements in transportation have played a key role in the growth of our nation. U.S. government policies have also had...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Business Costs and Revenues, Economic Systems…
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How Labor Got Its Day

If you asked students what comes to mind first when they think of Labor Day, what do you think they...
Key Concepts: Division of Labor/Specialization, Economic Institutions, Goods and Services…
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The Civil War: A War of Resources

The North won the Civil War in large part due to its superior resources. In this lesson students will learn...
Key Concepts: Division of Labor/Specialization, Goods and Services, Resources
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Transportation: They Say We Had a Revolution (Part 1)

Advancements in transportation have played a key role in the growth of our nation. U.S.government policies have also had a...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Benefits of Trade, Business Costs and Revenues…
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What Happened to Railroads?

Between the Civil War and World War II, railroads were one of the nation's most important businesses and an integral...
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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Banks & Credit Unions (Part I)

Students learn about banks and credit unions, identifying similarities and differences between the two types of financial institution. They also...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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Satisfaction Please! (Part 3)

Even the savviest consumer has a problem with a good or service on occasion. It is a consumer’s right to...
Key Concepts: Consumers, Economic Institutions, Public-Choice Analysis…
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Was Babe Ruth Under Paid?

Updated with 2022 MLB information! This lesson demonstrates a method for teaching students about inflation and the Consumer Price Index,...
Key Concepts: Inflation, Markets and Prices
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Why do we need money? Think about Ebay!

The students investigate money--its purpose and functions. They complete an exercise, using the online acution site Ebay, to learn why...
Key Concepts: Foreign Exchange, Markets, Markets and Prices…
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