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Discovering Economics in the Classroom with Experimental Economics and the Scottish Enlightenment


  • Taylor Jaworski

    () (University of Arizona)

  • Vernon Smith

    () (Chapman University)

  • Bart Wilson

    () (Chapman University)


This paper describes a curriculum for teaching economics using laboratory experiments. The key features of the curriculum are the low technology barriers, complete instructions for running the experiment and debriefing the results, and a guide for teacher-led roundtable discussions motivated by the Scottish philosophers. Our main goal is to present economic principles to young students in a way that is both exciting and accessible, while emphasizing the discovery process underlying wealth creation in modern economies using laboratory experiments.

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  • Taylor Jaworski & Vernon Smith & Bart Wilson, 2010. "Discovering Economics in the Classroom with Experimental Economics and the Scottish Enlightenment," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 9(2), pages 10-33.
  • Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:9:y:2010:i:2:p:10-33

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    1. Sean Crockett & VernonL. Smith & BartJ. Wilson, 2009. "Exchange and Specialisation as a Discovery Process," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 119(539), pages 1162-1188, July.
    2. McCabe, Kevin A. & Rigdon, Mary L. & Smith, Vernon L., 2003. "Positive reciprocity and intentions in trust games," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 52(2), pages 267-275, October.
    3. Bart J. Wilson, 2011. "Using Experimental Economics to Understand Competition," Chapters,in: Competition Policy and the Economic Approach, chapter 12 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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