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An Economics Capstone Course from Creation to Presentation

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  • 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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  • Dennis S. Edwards, . "An Economics Capstone Course from Creation to Presentation," Journal for Economic Educators, Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:mts:jrnlee:200804
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    1. Li, Ishuan & Simonson, Robert D., 2016. "The value of a redesigned program and capstone course in economics," International Review of Economics Education, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 48-58.

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