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The Impact of Classroom Experiments on the Learning of Economics: An Empirical Investigation


  • Frank, Bjorn


This paper provides limited evidence on the effectiveness of a simple classroom experiment. In different courses in environmental economics or public finance, a brief take-some game was performed. Students who took part in this classroom experiment, as well as those who just watched it, were more successful in answering a multiple-choice test on the 'tragedy of the commons' than control groups from the same courses. Copyright 1997 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Frank, Bjorn, 1997. "The Impact of Classroom Experiments on the Learning of Economics: An Empirical Investigation," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 35(4), pages 763-769, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:35:y:1997:i:4:p:763-69

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