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Economics Goes to Hollywood: Using Classic Films and Documentaries to Create an Undergraduate Economics Course

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  • Don Leet
  • Scott Houser

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The authors describe an interdisciplinary approach to teaching economics that uses a powerful contemporary medium, the motion picture, to establish the context for teaching elementary economics concepts. The plots and subplots in many films can be used to illustrate problems and issues that are amenable to economic analysis. They suggest how these films can be sequenced to create a general studies course for nonmajors.

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  • Don Leet & Scott Houser, 2003. "Economics Goes to Hollywood: Using Classic Films and Documentaries to Create an Undergraduate Economics Course," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(4), pages 326-332, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:34:y:2003:i:4:p:326-332
    DOI: 10.1080/00220480309595226
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    1. William E. Becker & Michael Watts (ed.), 1998. "Teaching Economics to Undergraduates," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 1643.
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    2. Wayne Geerling, 2012. "Bringing the 'Dismal Science' to Life: Teaching Economics Through Multimedia," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 11(2), pages 81-90.
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