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Teaching Students to "Do" Public Choice in an Undergraduate Public Sector Course

  • Joshua C. Hall

    (West Virginia University, College of Business and Economics)

  • Kaitlyn R. Harger

    (West Virginia University, College of Business and Economics)

This paper discusses one approach to using writing assignments in an undergraduate public economics to get students actively involved in doing public choice. Our goal is to provide an overview of the course and its writing assignments with an emphasis on how the scaffolding of assignments helps contribute to the development of interesting and publishable ideas in public choice. A course in public economics provides a good opportunity for an instructor to develop student interest in applied public choice.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 14-16.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: May 2014
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Handle: RePEc:wvu:wpaper:14-16
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