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A Fair Wage

Income for most people is determined by the market value of the productive resources they sell. What workers earn depends, primarily, on the market value of what they produce and how productive they are.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 09/27/2001

Why does Eli Manning Make $24 million per year?

What determines a person's salary? Why do professional athletes make so much money? People who work as firefighters, police officers or teachers are clearly more important to our society, yet they make much less money than jocks. What explains this?

Grades: 9-12
Published: 06/06/2006

Who Decides Wage Rates?

In this lesson, students play the role of either buyers or sellers of labor to examine the interconnectedness of individuals and companies in labor markets. Students learn that the demand and supply for labor determine market wage rates and that wages depend, in part, on individual productivity.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 12/31/2014

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Focus: Economic Systems

Students use a comparative approach to explore concepts and materials that are frequently neglected in other economics courses. An introductory essay provides background information to the 12 classroom-ready lessons.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2001

1 out of 12 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.