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Episode 18: The Business Cycle

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Have you ever ridden a ride that goes up and down so many times it almost makes you sick? Scholars research the concept of a business cycle in the 18th podcast of a 21-part Economic Lowdown series. They investigate the factors leading to...
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Intro: Measuring the Economy

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Our motivation to understand and measure the economy is a relatively new, yet also incredibly vital, endeavor. Quickly review the importance of macroeconomics and the major topics it entails, including GDP, CPI, the business cycle, and...
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The Business Cycle and Important Economic Measures

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Help your class understand the natural cycle of growth and decline in an economy, and the importance of GDP, the unemployment rate, and inflation. Your learners will begin with reading, worksheets, and detailed direct instruction on...
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Business Cycle Unit Summary

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Experience the ebb and flow of the economy with a video reviewing the fundamental concepts of the business cycle. Here you'll find an explanation of how unemployment, GDP growth, and inflation are all present in a basic graph of the...
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Economics Quiz: Chapter 13 Section 1

For Students 11th - 12th
Economic business cycles and predictable market change can be tracked using statistical data. Try a 10 question quiz to test your class on economic indicators, business cycles, and the GDP.
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Chapter 8: Introduction to Economic Growth and Instability

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Help your young economists put the current financial situation into context with this fluid and informative presentation. Complete with a thorough list of key terms at the end and a useful navigation tool on each slide, the presentation...
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The Business Cycle

For Students 9th - 12th
In this economics learning exercise, students study the phases of the business cycle as they read an article and respond to 9 short answer questions pertaining to the table entitled "The U.S. Economy from 1970."
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GDP and Fiscal Policy Monopoly

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Using the classic game of Monopoly and a revised set of rules provided in this resource, your class members will discover how GDP is calculated and practice enacting expansionary or contractionary fiscal policies. What a great way to...
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"Fear the Boom" - The Austrian Theory of Boom and Bust with Lawrence H. White

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Why were aggregate swings in the economy and business cycles more pronounced (i.e. "boom and bust") in heavy industries in the nineteenth century? Discover the Austrian capital theory as Friedrich Hayek elaborated it through an interview...
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"The Bust" - The Austrian Theory of Boom and Bust with Lawrence H. White

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
In the "boom and bust" of a business cycle, what takes place during a recession? What should the role of government be? Watch as an American professor of economics comments on this theory, which mixes the interview with relevant graphics...
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Economic Data Lesson: Economic Policy Options

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can you make decisions that will impact millions of people around the nation? Scholars research the role of the Federal Reserve, and its Chairman, on the economic outlook of the country. They analyze current trends in unemployment,...
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Practice Test of Influences on the US Economy

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
What is monetary policy? What naturally follows from economic expansion? What is the definition of outsourcing? These are just a few of the 20 questions in this multiple choice assessment on influences of the United States economy, which...
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EconMovies 5: Cars (GDP, Recession, and Fiscal Policy)

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Compare and contrast world economies and their differences in capital, and examine the four components of GDP with a dynamic speaker and scenes from the movie Cars. The video draws connections between the film and topics such as the...
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Macroeconomic Problems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify the main phases of the business cycle and the conditions that are expected during a recession and boom. They discuss the difficulty of economic policy making. They practice solving equations using interest rates.
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Graphing Practice

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Help your class members make sense of the different graphs in economics, from aggregate demand and supply to the phillips curve, production possibilities curve, and business cycle.
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Sample Test: The US Economy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a 20-question multiple-choice test on the United States economy, covering such topics as CPI, the business cycle, real GDP, and industrialization. 
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Introduction to the Great Depression—Canadian and World Studies

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Ah, the classic business cycle model: recession, depression, recovery, prosperity. And then there was the Great Depression. Groups investigate the economic conditions that led to and social movements of the 1920s that great out of the...
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Business Cycles in the Four-Corners

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers are introduced to new vocabulary associated with business cycles. In groups, they read excerpts from their textbook about the causes and effects of business cycles. To end the lesson, they identify the businesses in...
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"The Cluster of Errors" - The Austrian Theory of Boom and Bust

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Does the financial crises of 2008 fit the Austrian economic theory of "boom and bust"? American economics professor Lawrence H. White discusses economists' rationale for following interest rates and the reliability of turning to theory...
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Focus on Economic Data: US Employment and the Unemployment Rate, March, 2012

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Read all about the various types of unemployment and the United States is are currently at the low-point of an unemployment cycle. Kids examine what economic factors affect the unemployment rate, and what data shows for different US...
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Focus on Economic Data: US Real GDP Growth, August 26, 2011

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young economists answer a series of critical thinking questions as they analyze real data that shows GDP Growth. They examine the provided charts, read through the background information, and discuss changes that occurred in the third...
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Macroeconomics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Get out of the textbook and into real economic issues with an innovative video. Crash Course Economics takes learners through a tour of macroeconomics and applies the three major factors of macroeconomics—gross domestic product,...
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FRED and the Federal Budget Interactive Lesson

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can a federal debt accumulate over time? The Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) dashboard allows scholars to actively research each aspect of the federal budget. In pairs, they analyze economic data to determine the best way to...
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Unemployment Data: Is the Economy Healthy?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The United States will never see a time when the unemployment rate hits 0%. Why? Scholars research economic data to uncover clues hidden in the unemployment rate at any given time. A short video as well as research activities help...

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