Through the Lens of Life: Teaching Principles of Economics with Humans of New York

21 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016 Last revised: 30 Apr 2016

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Charity-Joy Acchiardo

University of Arizona - Department of Economics

Abdullah A. Al-Bahrani

Northern Kentucky University - Department of Economics and Finance

Kim Holder

University of West Georgia

Mateer Dirk

University of Arizona

Date Written: December 21, 2015

Abstract

Stories create a direct and powerful connection with students and course material, increasing their level of attention, bringing abstract economic concepts to life, and refining their critical thinking skills. Humans of New York is an immensely popular blog and unique photojournalism project that chronicles the stories of ordinary New Yorkers. The blog provides an opportunity for economics educators to connect students with meaningful illustrations and personal accounts of economics in the real world. This teaching tool can reduce the abstract nature of economic theory and give students a concrete example to attach to economics terms and concepts, often in a way that reflects their own environment, culture or experiences. We highlight several stories and show how they can be incorporated into lectures.

Keywords: Stories, pictures, economic education

JEL Classification: A20

Suggested Citation

Acchiardo, Charity Joy and Al-Bahrani, Abdullah A. and Holder, Kim and Dirk, Mateer, Through the Lens of Life: Teaching Principles of Economics with Humans of New York (December 21, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2729251 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2729251

Charity Joy Acchiardo

University of Arizona - Department of Economics ( email )

McClelland Hall
Tucson, AZ 85721-0108
United States

Abdullah A. Al-Bahrani

Northern Kentucky University - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

College of Business
BEP 425
Highland Heights, KY 41099
United States

HOME PAGE: http://abdullahalbahrani.com

Kim Holder

University of West Georgia ( email )

1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
United States
678-839-5423 (Phone)

Mateer Dirk (Contact Author)

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

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