Economics in the Movies, 1st Edition

  • includes Access Card
  • G. Dirk Mateer Pennsylvania State University
  • ISBN-10: 0324302614  |  ISBN-13: 9780324302615
  • 64 Pages
  • © 2006 | Published
  • List Price = $ 63.95
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Master economic principles, theories, and concepts through film! Designed as a student workbook, ECONOMICS IN THE MOVIES helps you learn core economic ideas through popular film. With concepts and examples in every scene, this collection of twenty film scenes provides you with the tools you need to succeed.

Table of Contents

Introduction. FILM SCENES FOR LEARNING ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES. 1 Opportunity Cost: The Family Man. 2 Gains from Exchange: Out of Sight. 3 The Great Depression: Seabiscuit. 4 Growth & Prosperity: The Man Who Wasn�t There. 5 Money as a Medium of Exchange: Waterworld. 6 Unemployment: Reality Bites. 7 Inflation: The Major and the Minor. 8 Banking System: It�s a Wonderful Life. 9 Measuring Economic Performance: Traffic. 10 Comparative Advantage: Babe. 11 Intertemporal Time Management: About a Boy. 12 Consumer Choice: The Meaning of Life. 13 Monopoly: Being John Malkovich. 14 Asymmetric Information: Intolerable Cruelty. 15 Efficiency: Along Came Polly. 16 Game Theory: In the Name of the Father. 17 Unions: Bread & Roses. 18 Income: Parenthood. 19 Environmental Economics: Erin Brockovich. 20 Auctions: The River. Bibliography. Index.

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Bundle: Economics: Principles and Policy (with InfoTrac), 10th + Economics in the Movies (with Access Card)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

G. Dirk Mateer

Dirk Mateer has been teaching college economics for 17 years and he is currently a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Undergraduate Studies Program in Economics at Penn State University where he regularly teaches large principles sections. He is the author of Economics in the Movies (South-Western, 2005). He uses a variety of methods (film clips, music videos, songs, demonstrations, group work, and other active learning processes) to stimulate students to think about economics. As a result, Dr. Mateer's teaching efforts have been recognized by his students, colleagues and nationally on more than twenty occasions. He was the winner of the inaugural Economic Communicator Contest sponsored by the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Market-Based Management Institute. Prior to joining Penn State he taught high school mathematics and science for two years and then worked at Goucher College (MD) and Grove City College (PA).