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Lesson: Graphing a Lorenz Curve and Calculating the Gini Coefficient


Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Real GDP Growth, Final Estimate Q4 2012, March 28, 2013

This lesson focuses on the March 28, 2013, third (final) estimate of U.S. real gross domestic product (real GDP) growth for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2012, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The current data and historical data are explained. The meaning of GDP and potential impacts of changes of GDP are explored. This lesson will also raise questions about the impact of the current level of growth on the U.S. economy and individuals.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 05/10/2013

Distribution of Income

Students engage in a simulation to explore how productivity influences the distribution of income and how government policy influences the redistribution of income. They calculate measures of central tendency for the entire class, their group’s percentage of total classroom income, and graph the Lorenz curve as a representation of the income distribution using an online graphing tool. Students simulate government policies to explore the impact on income distribution and income inequality. Students measure income inequality by interpreting the shape of the Lorenz curve, calculating the Gini coefficient by estimating the area under the Lorenz curve, and comparing the measures of central tendency. Students learn about the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) welfare program in the United States and apply what they have learned about the income distribution and income inequality to examine TANF’s effect.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 04/30/2015

The American Standard of Living - For Better or For Worse

Is the distribution of income in the United States becoming more unequal? Does the average American today have a higher or lower standard of living than the average American of a generation ago? Will the next generation have a higher or lower standard of living?

Grades: 9-12
Published: 12/09/1998

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Capstone: Exemplary Lessons for High School Economics - Teacher's Guide

This publication contains complete instructions for teaching the lessons in Capstone. When combined with a textbook, Capstone provides activities for a complete high school economics course. 45 exemplary lessons help students learn to apply economic reasoning to a wide range of real-world subjects.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2003

8 out of 45 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your high school students.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2006

8 out of 40 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Focus: High School Economics

This revised edition features simulations, role plays, small-group discussions and other active-learning instructional activities to help students explore economic concepts through real-life applications.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2001

7 out of 21 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.