Economics

May 19, 2018
  Gathering What is the racial makeup of your neighborhood?       Introduction Write this fact on the board: Black families have less than one-tenth the wealth of white families in the U.S…
May 20, 2011
To the teacher:   This lesson grows out of the ongoing debate in Washington about how to address the budget deficit. Students may have heard their representatives arguing about tax hikes, spending…
January 7, 2011
1. Begin with a quick poll of the students: Should businesses, labor unions and individuals have the right to contribute as much money as they want to political candidates running for federal offices…
February 16, 2010
To the Teacher: In July 2011, the Pew Research Center released a report showing that Americans' household wealth dropped dramatically from 2005 to 2009. Perhaps the report's most disturbing finding…
December 2, 2009
To the Teacher: Although the recession may be over officially, tens of millions of Americans continue to suffer its effects, including rising joblessness and poverty, and what the government calls "…
September 2, 2009
For over a year now, we've been hearing alarming reports about the economy. People have lost their jobs, homes have been foreclosed on, and many families have had to cut back in one way or another.…
September 2, 2009
To the Teacher: As of September 2009 the official unemployment rate for the country was 9.7% and likely to rise. But if you include in those statistics people working in part-time jobs who want full…
July 21, 2009
To the Teacher: The readings describe and present explanations for the behavior of people who work in bureaucracies of three large organizations and the effects of such behavior. In the first…
June 3, 2009
To the Teacher:   Americans everywhere are feeling the effects of the housing bust that followed the housing boom, though many more personally and keenly than others. Economists and financial…
March 11, 2009
To the Teacher AIG is among a host of American enterprises that succumbed to the irresistible opportunity to make easy money through arcane financial instruments that even the company's former CEO,…