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Fun With Economics: Simulating Theory to Stimulate Learning

Journal of Public Affairs Education, Vol. 8, No. 2

Posted: 14 Oct 2003  

Heather E. Campbell

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs

Barbara C. McCabe

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs

Abstract

Economic principles are key elements of the public administation curriculum. However, many students do not expect to like economics. They often believe it is unconnected to real issues of concern to them, and they find its standard apparatus difficult and overly abstract. Using simulation techniques that activate learning fits with some learning theory and can help make economic principles seem more realistic and intuitive. This paper describes four active learning exercises the authors have used successfully in MPA classes. We hope this paper may result in widespread sharing of such techniques so that the teaching and learning of economics in public admininstration programs may become more fun and effective.

Keywords: Active Economics Exercises

JEL Classification: A2

Suggested Citation

Campbell, Heather E. and McCabe, Barbara C., Fun With Economics: Simulating Theory to Stimulate Learning. Journal of Public Affairs Education, Vol. 8, No. 2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=370701

Heather E. Campbell (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs ( email )

Box 870603
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States
480-965-3057 (Phone)
480-965-9248 (Fax)

Barbara C. McCabe

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs ( email )

Box 870603
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

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