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Are the presidential candidates telling the whole story about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
Economists who have studied this question believe that the answer has to do with the benefits and costs of voting. One sort of cost—opportunity cost—is especially helpful in explaining why some people choose not to vote.
During this webinar, you'll learn how to:
- Identify costs associated with voting
- Make predictions about who might be more likely to vote based on their understanding of opportunity costs
Link to Voters and Elections lesson: www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/1315/
At this webinar you will learn how to:
- Explore the economic incentives and non-economic factors such as armed conflicts, persecution, and reuniting families that lead to migration
- Describe the difference between skilled and unskilled workers
- Compare and contrast the effects of immigration by skilled and unskilled workers
- Analyze the overall economic effects of immigration and emigration on national economies
- Define and discuss the causes and effects of 'brain drain'
- Illustrate the impact of immigration on wages using a supply and demand diagram in an optional extension activity.
Link to Immigration Lesson: www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/1329
In this webinar, you will learn how to:
- Explain how recent Supreme Court decisions have prompted a dramatic increase in the supply of new funding flowing into elections
- Discuss how recent changes in society and its relationship with technology have forced campaigns to alter how they approach the electorate.
- Illustrate how the shifting demographic nature of the U.S. defines the constituencies that candidates and political parties solicit for votes.
- Understand that presidential campaigns must allocate their spending based on the costs and potential benefits of campaigning in a particular state.
Link to Money and Elections lesson: www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/1328/
Where does each party stand when it comes to fiscal management?
In this lesson, students will analyze each major political party's platform to better understand their approaches to the federal budget and national debt. Students will be challenged to apply this understanding by playing the [EEL-link id='5114' title='Fiscal Ship' ] game in the role of one of the major party platforms. The Fiscal Ship game was created by the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution and the Serious Games initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Students will utilize the Structured Academic Controversy method to explore the issue of income inequality in America. Through reading and civil discourse, a clear understanding of the concept and its causes will emerge. In addition, students will realize that while the existence of the problem is broadly embraced, people disagree on a remedy. Students will gradually construct their own opinions as they uncover compelling arguments on both sides of the debate.
How can policy makers close the increasing gap between the richest Americans and all others through an expanding economy in a way that benefits all?
According to Gallup, Americans have considered the state of the economy “among the most important U.S. problems” since 2008. The issues frequently debated leading up to any presidential campaign include many economic issues such as improving the economy, how to reduce unemployment, the federal deficit, and taxes. Similar topics have highlighted many of the debates leading up to the 2016 election.
During the party nominating conventions in presidential election years, each political party creates a party platform reflecting its values, aims, and principles. These documents frequently give detailed insight into how presidential candidates perceive economic issues and what their priorities are when/if they get elected. This kind of information helps voters better understand the differences between candidates so they can cast their ballots for the candidate who most closely reflects their stance on the major issues.
In addressing the compelling question "Does money matter in political campaigns?" students work through a series of supporting questions, formative performance tasks, and featured sources in order to construct an argument with evidence while acknowledge competing perspectives.