It's been said that money is the root of all evil. Does money make people more likely to lie, cheat and steal? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on new research from the University of California, Berkeley about how wealth and inequality affects us psychologically.

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Key Concepts

Economic Equity, Personal Distribution of Income, Distribution of Income, Standard of Living, Income Inequality, Character


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 gra...

Grades 9-12

Graphing a Lorenz Curve and Calculating the Gini Coefficient

In this lesson, students receive raw data to construct a Lorenz Curve and calculate the Gini Coefficient. This lesson prepares AP Microeconomics students for the Advanced Placement exam. The teacher will briefly interpret the Gini Coefficient.

Grades 9-12

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 considerable impact on the development of transport as we know it today. In this series of three lessons,the students examine transportation and its impact on our nation (and...

Grades 6-8, 9-12

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

When Graphs Mislead Us

Students view a video and answer questions about Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Graphs of real GDP per capita are used to demonstrate that the same set of data can be shown in different ways. Students are introduced to the concept of misleading graphs and complete an activity to identify mislea...

Grades 9-12