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Laissez-Colbert

Gregory Randolph

The American Economist, 2016, vol. 61, issue 2, 217-228

Abstract: The Colbert Report combines comedic entertainment and current events, two pedagogical sources that have the potential to increase student interest in classes and improve student learning. This article offers suggestions on the use of segments from The Colbert Report to teach introductory macroeconomics. Segments are included that relate to comparative advantage, supply and demand, externalities, GDP, unemployment, classical versus Keynesian theory and the Great Depression, fiscal policy and economic stimulus packages, monetary policy and the Federal Reserve, money, taxes, and foreign aid. Guidance is provided regarding the use of the clips in an introductory macroeconomics class.

Keywords: introductory macroeconomics; economics education; pedagogy; teaching; media (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A21 A22 E00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1177/0569434516652039

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