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Games and Role-Play in International Economics

Economics Network case studies

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Teaching international economics and finance during (and beyond) the global financial crisis
Margaret Giles, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, January 2010
Students research and present in class a timeline of events, announcements and policy responses, thereby summarising the global financial crisis.

The Press Briefing Role-Play
Mark Sutcliffe, UWE, Bristol, October 2002
This role-play, designed for first-year undergraduates, seeks to inform students about competitive aspects of the global environment for business.

The International Trade Game
John Sloman, UWE, Bristol, September 2002
This fun game needs no computing facilities and uses only basic stationery equipment. You need only one member of staff for up to 240 students and there are many economic 'lessons' that can be drawn.

Students' assignment as a piece of economics journalism
Judith Piggott, Oxford Brookes University, August 2002
International Trade students were set a task which could be seen as relevant to their studies but also relevant to what was going on around them - the "real world".

Crime, Poverty and Anti-globalization in a Simulation of International Trade and Relations
Brian Peterson, Manchester College, USA and Suzanne Wallace, Central College, USA, February 2002
A simulation in international trade and relations provides an opportunity for a lesson in the use of the scientific method within economic analysis. It is designed for use in a typical principles of economics course.

Journal articles

A Trade War Simulation/ Experiment in Excel
John Gilbert, Utah State University, Computers in Higher Education Economics Review, 2005
We present a simple simulation model, implemented in Excel, that can be used to develop the concept of optimal tariffs, and as the basis of an experimental assignment on the effects of tariff retaliation. By exploring the simulation, students are able to discover for themselves the potentially deleterious effects of a trade war, and that a trade war will not result in the elimination of all trade.


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