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Discovering Economics in the Classroom with Experimental Economics and the Scottish Enlightenment

Taylor Jaworski, Vernon Smith and Bart Wilson ()

International Review of Economic Education, 2010, vol. 9, issue 2, 10-33

Abstract: This paper describes a curriculum for teaching economics using laboratory experiments. The key features of the curriculum are the low technology barriers, complete instructions for running the experiment and debriefing the results, and a guide for teacher-led roundtable discussions motivated by the Scottish philosophers. Our main goal is to present economic principles to young students in a way that is both exciting and accessible, while emphasizing the discovery process underlying wealth creation in modern economies using laboratory experiments.

Date: 2010
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