A good resource with ideas for
classroom experiments. It's a defunct newsletter, but Greg Delemeester
hosts the archives.
That Economists Play
"This website is a resource
for instructors of economics who would like to use noncomputerized
economic experiments (games) in their classrooms. The bulk of the
website consists of an extensively annotated and hyperlinked compilation
of more than 113 classroom games, most of which can be played within
one class period. The purpose of the games is to help teach fundamental
micro and macroeconomic concepts."
Mellon - ComLabGames
The folks at Carnegie Mellon
have some freely available internet-based software for markets and
for game theory.
Holt's Classroom Experiments
Another excellent collection
of ideas. Includes links to a bibliography and to articles. There
are also some good web-based experiments for the classroom.
The Competitive Strategy Game,
created by Severin Borenstein, is a simulated market environment
in which up to eight teams each compete in any of four markets,
choosing which market(s) to enter, how much production capacity
to build, what prices to charge, and how much output to produce.
The markets differ in their fixed versus marginal costs of production,
sunk entry costs, size, degree of product differentiation, growth
rates, and storage characteristics. Each firm knows its own costs
in each market and the distribution from which all firms' costs
are drawn. The Game is useful for teaching basic economic concepts
such as sunk, fixed, and marginal costs, the opportunity cost of
investment, firm- and market-elasticities of demand, and product
differentiation. It also is immediately applicable to discussions
of entry deterrence, first-mover advantages, preemption, competitive
advantage, predation, oligopoly coordination, multimarket contact,
signalling, information asymmetries, and end game issues in finitely
Hazlett's Classroom Experiments in Macroeconomics
This site has six non-computerized
classroom experiments for macroeconomics.
Georgia State's EconPort
EconPort is an economics digital library specializing in content that emphasizes the use of experiments in teaching and research. Content includes teaching modules, a handbook of economic and game theoretic principles and concepts, a glossary of economics terms, and an extensive collection of educational material, as well as software for running experiments. Teaching modules include: substantive coverage of a variety topics that are central to economics courses; instructions and guidance for professors who plan to use these experiments in class; suggested parameterizations for experiments; and graphical data presentation facilities. Integrated software includes applications for conducting game theory, market, and auction experiments.
Stafford's Classroom Experiments
Has materials for a few hand-run
experiments, plus parameters for some industrial organization experiments
using Carnegie Mellon's ComLabGames.
"EconEdLink is a Web site
designed for K-12 instructors and students of economics. Its five
major sectionsCyberTeach, NetNewsLine, EconomicsMinute, DataLinks,
and WebLinksoffer effective learning through interactive lessons,
valuable hyperlinks, and pedagogical discussion."
Education Web (EcEdWeb)
"Economics resources for university
& college teaching.
This page is a collection of information and web links showing activities to
use in economics classes and sites of other teachers of economics."
Sponsored by the Federal Reserve
Bank of Minneapolis.
Ideas for Teaching Economics
"Great Ideas for Teaching
descriptions of more than 600 pedagogic techniques that economists
from across the country have developed to drive home a wide
variety of concepts to students." Edited by Ralph Byrns
at UNC. His web site has
a number of useful resources and is worth checking out.
of Economic Education
"offers original articles
on innovations in and evaluations of teaching techniques, materials,
and programs in economics." You can download pdf versions of
for Economists (RFE) -- Teaching Resources
a great resource for economists, hosted by the American
Economic Association. It contains about 1500 links divided
into about 100 sections. The Teaching Resources section has
a number of useful links. These are divided into sub-sections
with brief descriptions for most links.
It lists 1,548 resources in
97 sections and sub-sections available on the Internet of interest
to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in
economics. Almost all resources are also described.