ERIC Number: EJ1029616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Using Field Experiments to Change the Template of How We Teach Economics
List, John A.
Journal of Economic Education, v45 n2 p81-89 2014
In this article, the author explains why field experiments can improve what we teach and how we teach economics. Economists no longer operate as passive observers of economic phenomena. Instead, they participate actively in the research process by collecting data from field experiments to investigate the economics of everyday life. This change can be shown to students by presenting them with evidence from field experiments. Field experiments related to factor markets, behavioral economics, and discrimination are presented to explain how this approach works across different economic content. The three questions that are highlighted are the following: (1) Why do women get paid less than men in labor markets? (2) How can we use behavioral economics to motivate teachers? (3) What seven words can end third-degree price discrimination?
Descriptors: Economics Education, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation, Field Studies, Classroom Techniques, Comparable Worth, Gender Discrimination, Behavioral Science Research, Teacher Motivation, Cost Indexes, Undergraduate Study, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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