Meaningful content

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Offer meaningful content in all courses.

Provide opportunities for students to use economics to examine issues important to them. e.g.,

  • The intro course, especially, should link to students’ existing knowledge and experiences.
  • Refer to real, consequential economic issues when introducing economic concepts and tools. Avoid using beer-vs.-pizza-type examples.
  • Regularly connect intermediate theory course material to real problems.
  • Ask students to connect a new concept, such as opportunity cost or marginal benefit, to a setting meaningful to them.
  • Use some class time to present brief summaries of a wide range of empirical studies in economics.

Implement carefully.

  • Create space for a range of interests, but don’t assume certain topics are women’s issues.

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