Seminar/ workshop materials in International Economics
Trade is a Flash game for those over 14 years of age that is designed to illustrate the theories of Bertil Ohlin. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1977 and showed that countries engage in and benefit from trade if their production resources differ from each other. The site includes a brief introduction to the game, the theories it seeks to explain and details the technical requirements to play it.
"Ricardian Explorer is an interactive computer game that simulates the functioning of the Ricardian model of international trade. The game is developed as a tool to complement courses in international trade, but it can be used in introductory and intermediate microeconomics courses as well. In addition, the program provides for different game specifications which allow experimental economists to design experiments and use Ricardian Explorer to collect data for their studies." You need to set up an account as an instructor to play the game or allow your students to play. The service is free.
Interactive illustrations : economics and finance
Graphic representations of various concepts in microeconomics (e.g. monopoly, consumer and producer surplus, Edgeworth Box), macroeconomics (e.g. Solow growth model, Keynesian cross, Lorenz Curve and Gini coefficient), game theory (e.g. Nash equilibrium in 3x3 game, binomial tree) and financial theory (e.g. net present value, price-yield curve). Submitted by various authors in Mathematica, with short explanation of underlying theory, and options to manipulate the diagram by changing the different variables. To do this, and view the demonstrations in the browser, requires download of the Mathematica Player browser plug-in which is available for Windows, Linux or Mac. These form part of the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, hosted on the website of independent scientist Stephen Wolfram as a development of his popular Mathematica program.
In his documentary "The New Rulers of The World" film-maker John Pilger talks about the World Bank and IMF. A three minute clip is available on YouTube.
Meeting the challenges of global governance in the 21st century : lessons from the global financial market debacle (UK)
This is a video of Joseph Stiglitz speaking on the topic of global financial market regulation at the James Martin 21st Century School at the University of Oxford. Stiglitz argues that the global financial crisis reflects a failure of global economic governance, before looking at the lessons for global governance in the 21st Century. Users will need a Flash player to watch this 63 minute video or they can download the audio version as an mp3 file.
Sources for cases and active-learning materials in economics
This page lists paper and internet sources of economics case studies. Under "internet", the author presents five of his own case studies in PDF format, each with instructor notes. These case studies are: "Macroeconomic Stability and Income Inequality in Chile", "Migration From East to West: A Net Gain for Germany?", "Shifting Gears: Ford Motor Company in Mexico", "Sudan and Exploitation of the Waters of the Nile", and "Kazakhstan and the Ruble".
Biz/ed question bank - economics (UK)
This archive uses presents feedback on multi-choice questions on 40 different topics, with varying numbers of questions in each. Many of the questions involve clickable images, with students using mouse clicks to indicate equilibria. Topics include: markets, firms, wages, national income, money, unemployment and inflation, government, and international.