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An Economics Capstone Course from Creation to Presentation

  • Dennis S. Edwards
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    This paper details a methodology used to construct a capstone course for the economics major. The capstone course should require students to utilize key concepts that they have learned. The lack of a meaningful topic, however, detracts from a showcase for student understanding. The author details the use of Michael Porter's (1998) location quotients and competitive cluster theory in a capstone course. Applying these concepts increases student understanding of state industries as well as exposing them to an alternative theory of competition not necessarily included in intermediate microeconomic theory.

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    Article provided by Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center in its journal Journal for Economic Educators.

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    Handle: RePEc:mts:jrnlee:200804
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