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Teaching Economic Principles Interactively: A Cannibal's Dinner Party


  • Theodore C. Bergstrom


The author describes techniques that he uses to interactively teach economics principles. He describes an experiment on market entry and gives examples of applications of classroom clickers. Clicker applications include (a) collecting data about student preferences that can be used to construct demand curves and supply curves, (b) checking students’ knowledge of central concepts, and (c) playing interactive games that illustrate economic concepts.

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  • Theodore C. Bergstrom, 2009. "Teaching Economic Principles Interactively: A Cannibal's Dinner Party," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(4), pages 366-384, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:40:y:2009:i:4:p:366-384 DOI: 10.1080/00220480903237935

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    1. Alcalde, Pilar & Nagel, Juan, 2015. "Does active learning improve student performance? A randomized experiment in a Chilean university," MPRA Paper 68994, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Martha L. Olney, 2016. "Explaining "In the Aggregate" Concepts with Clickers," Journal of Economics Teaching, Journal of Economics Teaching, vol. 1(2), pages 71-90, December.

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