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Election Economics

It’s that time again! Time to focus on economic policy to help determine how economics and elections intersect. By playing The Fiscal Ship students make decisions to avoid crippling national debt. In “Public Choice Economics” they consider how self-interest affects voting. In “Economic Misery and Presidential Elections,” students analyze data to predict the presidential election. These lessons and others help students become more informed citizens about the politics of economics.

Lesson

Federal Budget: The Fiscal Ship Game

In this economics lesson, students will evaluate fiscal policy objectives to learn the challenges of sustainable national budget formation.
Key Concepts: Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Fiscal Policy, Roles of Government
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Fiscal Ship Through the Lens of the Elections

Where does each party stand when it comes to fiscal management? In this lesson, students will analyze each major political…
Key Concepts: Budget Deficit, Budget Deficits and Public Debt, GDP…
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Income Inequality

Students will utilize the Structured Academic Controversy method to explore the issue of income inequality in America. Through reading and…
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Distribution of Income, Roles of Government
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Party Platforms and Economic Issues

According to Gallup, Americans have considered the state of the economy "among the most important U.S. problems" since 2008. The…
Key Concepts: Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Employment and Unemployment, Roles of Government…
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Campaign Finance

Compelling Question: In addressing the compelling question "Does money matter in political campaigns?" students work through a series of supporting…
Key Concepts: Public-Choice Analysis
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Free Trade

Compelling Question: In addressing the compelling question “Is free trade worth the price?” students will work through a series of…
Key Concepts: Trade, Exchange and Interdependence
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Minimum Wage / The Challenge of Living on it

COMPELLING QUESTION Should the federal government increase the federal minimum wage? Increasing the minimum wage is a controversial issue in…
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Immigration

This lesson helps students better understand immigration, a major issue in the 2016 presidential election. Students learn how to evaluate…
Key Concepts: Division of Labor/Specialization
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Money and Elections

Students will be introduced to the sources of campaign war chests, learning about the recent court decisions that have allowed…
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Broad Social Goals of an Economy

COMPELLING QUESTION Why do politicians disagree on economic issues -- isn't there one right answer? Students work in small groups…
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economic Systems…
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Voters and Elections

Students identify costs associated with voting. Then they make predictions about who might be more likely to vote based on…
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Margin Of Error

The lesson begins with an introduction to the use of polls in political campaigns. The students are introduced to the…
Key Concepts: Choice
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Public Choice Economics

Students participate in a series of classroom elections to analyze special-interest effects and see how the costs of voting and…
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Public-Choice Analysis
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Medicare, Governance, and the National Debt

ESSENTIAL DILEMMA What level of medical care should the federal government provide for the elderly, and what trade-offs are we…
Key Concepts: Budget Deficit, Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Budgeting
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Activity

The Fiscal Ship | Activity

Think like a president! Choose strategies to keep the federal debt in check as you play The Fiscal Ship, a…
Key Concepts: Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Fiscal Policy
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Interactive National Budget Simulator

Adjust the numbers in this interactive to see if you can balance the budget. This interactive is intended for use…
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, GDP
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Professional Development

Webinar – Voters and Elections

Voter turnout in the United States influences the outcomes of elections. Politicians spend a great deal of time and energy…
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Webinar – Immigration

This webinar focuses on immigration, a major issue in the 2016 presidential election. Learn how to evaluate economic and non-economic…
Key Concepts: Division of Labor/Specialization
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Webinar – Money and Elections

Learn how money can be used to develop campaign war chests and how that money is used to promote the…
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Barriers to Trade Video and Quiz

This video teaches the concept of Barriers to Trade. Barriers to trade are government rules that block or inhibit international…
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Benefits of Trade, Credit…
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