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Podlearning in The Journal of Economic Education   Leave a comment

Podlearning, an instructional technique where student groups create the own original podcasts while demonstrating a variety of economics proficiencies, including oral communication skills, is now published in the latest Journal of Economic Education 


Posted February 24, 2016 by audioecon in Teaching Ideas

Podlearning wins “Best in Class”   Leave a comment

The Podlearning teaching technique won second prize in the “Best in Class” Contest at the National Economics Teaching Association‘s 11th annual conference.  Watch the video describing the technique below and access instructor resources here.

Posted November 17, 2015 by audioecon in Utility will be at St. Louis Fed Professor’s Conference   Leave a comment

I’ll be presentingIMG_1136 at the St. Louis Fed Annual Professor’s Conference on Friday November 7th, 2014. Comments on how you use or ways I could make the site more helpful to you are welcome! Leave your comments here!

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Posted October 31, 2014 by audioecon in Teaching Ideas, Utility

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High Prices Aren’t Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter   Leave a comment


Summary: A discussion of the factors impacting supply and demand of pork. Includes consideration of behavior of retailers and consumers in respond to changes in the market.  Considers influences and impacts of related goods.

Original Air Date: August 26, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 22 seconds

Discussion Prompt: In this podcast, what factors are driving the increase in the price of meat?  How does this relate to supply/demand factors that we are studying? Can you give two specific examples of other factors of demand or supply that might impact the price of meat? For each example, name the ‘factor of demand/supply’ and give a specific example.

Follow-up Prompt: Review the posts of your peers, comment on the accuracy of their suggestions and try to add more examples and expand on their ideas.


Why Cars From Europe and the US Just Can’t Get Along   Leave a comment

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Summary: An exploration of how different safety standards across countries impact the automobile industry. Discusses differences in regulations from turn signals to windshield wipers, and how that impacts production choices and costs in the industry.

Original air date: April 18, 2014

Length: 17 min

Discussion Prompt: Reflecting on what you’ve learned about international trade, production costs & the content of this podcast, discuss what impacts the differential regulations on cars in the U.S. and Europe have on (a) production decisions for the firm, and (b) international trade.

Follow-up Prompt: Using economic thinking, consider the tradeoffs between security and cost in this podcast.  The governments/regulators in these countries might say it is worth it for consumers to pay more to get more security.  What do you think?

Follow-up Prompt: Considering production costs in the context of firms’ desire to maximize profits, what strategies might firms employ to maximize profits under these conditions of different regulations across countries?


The Fight Over Ukraine’s Gas Bill   Leave a comment

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Summary: The Planet Money team look at the role that Ukraine’s gas subsidies played in the 2013/2014  crisis in the country. Includes discussion of the roots of the energy interdependence of Russia and Ukraine, gas subsidies, the creation of markets as communist systems were abandoned, and the choices Ukraine faced between Europe and Russia as partners to help it out of economic crisis.

Original air date: March 7, 2014

Length: 14 min


A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed   Leave a comment

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Summary: An historical retelling of the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank

Original Air Date: December 20, 2013

Length: 15 min