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Exemplary High School Economics Lessons

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Unit 1 The Economic Way of Thinking
1. Economic Reasoning: Why Are We A Nation of Couch Potatoes?
2. Scarcity and Abundance
3. Economic Magic: Creating Something from Nothing
4. To Choose or Not to Choose? That Is Not the Question
5. Rules Influence Economic Behavior
Unit 2 The Invisible Hand at Work
6. Why Did Communism Collapse?
7. A Silver Market
8. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Demand
9. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Supply
10.  Equilibrium Prices and Equilibrium Quantities
11.  Do Prices Matter to Consumers?
12.  How Do Prices Influence My Behavior? Price Elasticity
13.  How Markets Allocate Resources
14.  Secondary Effects: Price Ceilings and Floors
Unit 3 How You Can Prosper in a Market Economy
15.  Why Do Some People Earn More Than Others?
16.  Making Choices About Saving and Investing
17.  Creating and Using a Budget
18.  Credit Management
19.  Earning an Income
Unit 4 The Business of Doing Business
20.  Why Helping Yourself Helps Others
21.  Productivity, Diminishing Marginal Returns, and the Demand for Labor
22.  How Competitive Is the Industry?
23.  Make a Profit: Do the Math
Unit 5 The Visible Hand: The Role of Government in a Market Economy
24.  Government and the Environment
25.  The Economics of the U.S. Constitution
26.  Public versus Private Goods
27.  The Economics of Special Interest Groups
28.  The Economics of Voting
29.  Can Taxes Be Incentives?
30.  Poverty and Income Inequality
Unit 6 The Macroeconomy
31.  Measuring Unemployment: A Labor Market Mystery
32.  The Effects of Inflation
33.  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and How to Measure It
34.  Money and Monetary Policy
35.  Fiscal Policy: A Two-Act Play
36.  Should We Worry About the National Debt?
37.  Can Government Manage the National Economy?
38.  Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply
Unit 7 Markets without Borders: The Global Economy
39.  Why Go Global?
40.  Why Do People Trade Across National Borders?
41.  Why People Trade: Comparative Advantage
42.  Foreign Currencies and Foreign Exchange
43.  Why Are Some Nations Wealthy?
44.  World Environmental Issues: Is the Market at Fault?
45.  International Trade: How Do We Measure Trades Across Political Borders?


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