Category Archives: Economics

ECON kickoff May 14-15

For today’s kickoff, you’ll need the Econ Alive! book.   Go to pages 333-334.   Answer the following questions (please bold your answers): 1.  What are the “costs” of globalization?   List at least two costs. 2.  What are the … Continue reading

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ECON kickoff May 10-13

For today’s kickoff, look for “Applying Economic Concepts” on pg. 537 #5. Assume that you are the president of a developing country.  What policies would you propose to improve the nation’s chances of attracting entrepreneurs?  (For help, see Figure 20.9 on … Continue reading

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ECON kickoff May 8-9 – The Fed and Monopoly money

The person who created this graphic is being critical of the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States (“the Fed”).    What do you think this means?   Even if you don’t know, take a guess. 100+ of your own … Continue reading

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ECON kickoff May 2-3 Queen of Versailles

Movie follow-up:  After you finish the “Queen of Versailles” movie, please answer the following questions. 1.   What is your reaction to the movie? 2.   Why do you think Jackie (the mom) continues to spend money on new things … Continue reading

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ECON kickoff April 30-May 1

There is nothing to write for today’s kickoff.    Instead, I want you to sign into Quia and see what you are missing.   Progress reports are due tomorrow, so getting some old assignments caught up will be reflected in … Continue reading

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ECON kickoff April 26-29

Today’s kickoff is about the government spending programs that are contributing to our long-term deficit problems. (we discussed these questions during the IOUSA documentary) 1.  What are the two biggest spending items of the U.S. government? 2.   What are … Continue reading

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ECON kickoff April 24-25

Today’s kickoff is about government spending and debt. 1.  As of today, how much is the total debt of the U.S.? 2.  How much debt is that “per citizen”? Go to this link – http://www.defeatthedebt.com/ – List five things you learn about … Continue reading

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The National Debt of the United States

The national debt of the United States is now close to $17 trillion.  Even more shocking are the projections for the future as Social Security and Medicare expenditures will explode. Click here to watch “IOUSA” (short version) Two looks at … Continue reading

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ECON Kickoff April 18-19 – Monthly Budget Plan

For today’s kickoff, you will begin to plan for your independent financial future.  You’ll make a plan for a monthly budget. <Copy and paste the template below, fill in the blanks, and calculate your expenses and monthly budget items.> For … Continue reading

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ECON kickoff April 16-17

You’ll need the Econ Alive! (pg. 116-117) to complete this kickoff. 1.  On January 1, 2013 the minimum wage in Florida rose to $7.79 per hour.  Do you have a job right now?   If yes, how much do you make per … Continue reading

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