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A Framework for Developing Spreadsheet Applications in Economics

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  • Miles Cahill

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • George Kosicki

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a framework for thinking abaout the different types of spreadsheet modeling applications available for teaching economics. Spreadsheet applications are categorized by the degree to which students are involved in the spreadsheet's construction, and the degree to which students are involved in the mathematics of the model. Examples of applications from each category call attention to the high degree of flexibility that instructors have in designing spreadsheet applications, and suggest alternative ways that instructors can tailor applications to fit their specific instructional style and setting. While the costs associated with developing spreadsheet applications are significant, we believe that the costs are manageable, even for instructors who are new to spreadsheets. We conclude that the advantages imparted to students by carefully tailored spreadsheet applications are significant, and we hope to encourage the development and use of such applications.

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    Paper provided by College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0102.

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    Length: 27 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2001
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    Publication status: Published in Social Science Computer Review, Summer 2001, Vol. 19:2, pp. 186-200.
    Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:0102

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    Keywords: economics; teaching; computer software; spreadsheet; Microsoft Excel;

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