Register for the upcoming webinar Introducing the New 5th Edition AP Economics Curriculum on August 17th at 5pm ET

Grade 9-12
On-Demand Webinar

Economics Content: Deciding Who Gets What

Time: 60 mins,
Updated: August 29 2023,
Author: Kathleen Brennan


In this webinar teachers will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of scarcity and choice
  • Identify alternative methods for allocating scarce resources
  • Explain how a scarce resource like kidneys are allocated under alternative scenarios


This webinar introduces different methods that can be used to allocate scarce resources like concert tickets, college acceptances, and bottled water. In a market-based economy, most resources are allocated through the price mechanism, but ethical questions arise about whether prices should be used to allocate a scarce resource like kidneys. The current kidney exchange market is examined with a special emphasis on an innovative allocation strategy developed by economists.