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Is the U.S. Sugar Program a necessary defense against disruptive global trade practices or lavish corporate welfare at the expense of the American consumer and commerce?
Government policies often impact the mechanisms that the free market uses to set prices and every president has to deal with how to shape those government policies. In this lesson, students examine one example of government intervention in markets by looking at the U.S. Sugar Program to understand price floors and import quotas. Students will utilize the Structured Academic Controversy method to explore the U.S. Sugar Program as it is administered by the USDA. Through research and civil discourse, a clear understanding of the elements of the program will emerge. Students will gradually construct their own opinions on the merit of this policy.
Certain key measures of economic performance can help to predict the election outcome. This lesson shows how two economic measures, the Misery Index and the growth rate in real GDP per capita, can be used to make predictions about presidential elections.
Participants will learn to:
- Identify economic conditions likely to influence voter opinion
- Examine economic data to make predictions about presidential elections
- Calculate two economic measures include Misery Index and the growth rate in real GDP per capita
Link to lesson: http://www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/1314/
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.