Linking podcasts to your syllabus   Leave a comment

If you wish to implement the “Strategic Sampling” method of using podcasts in your classes, you may find the following links which “map” topic-specific podcasts to some commonly used introductory economics textbooks.

Introductory Microeconomics

Mankiw, N.G., Principles of Microeconomics (2014), Cengage

McEachern, W. Econ Micro3, (2014) Cengage

Parkin, M. Microeconomics (2014), Pearson

Introductory Macroeconomics

Mankiw, N.G., Principles of Macroeconomics  (2011), Cengage

Intermediate Microeconomics

Here are some podcasts relating to key intermediate concepts – explore these in more depth to add some interest and application to a theory-heavy intermediate level course.

Consumer Theory: High Prices Aren’t Scaring Consumers Away from the Meat Counter provides an opportunity to consider consumer preferences, utility, indifference curves

Production Costs: Adding up the Costs of the Planet Money T-Shirt provides an opportunity to explore economic vs. accounting costs, opportunity cost, sunk cost, fixed and variable costs, marginal and average costs, short vs. long-run, direct vs. indirect costs, as well as the goals of a producing firm.

Analysis of Competitive Markets:

FTC Fights Against New Strategy Delaying Generics provides an opportunity to consider how government policies impact firms, consumer and producer surplus; the efficiency of competitive markets; positive/negative externalities; and the role and impact of taxes.

Tires, Taxes and the Grizz provides a context for considering the impacts of tariffs on markets – could also be linked to production costs to think through impact of firm’s operation costs and decisions.

Market Structure:

Monopoly & Monopsony: Costs of Prescription Drugs Spike provides an opportunity for considering differences among market structures, sources of monopoly power, profit maximization strategies, social costs of monopoly, regulation (price ceiling).

Oligopoly: Justice Department Investigates Airlines for Possible Price Collusion provides an opportunity to consider oligopoly market structures, barriers to entry, game theory, market power in oligopoly, collusion.

Special thanks to @jdesvira for assembling this collection. If you have additional ideas, please tweet me @ProfMoryl


Posted May 21, 2013 by audioecon

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