This course will introduce the fundamental theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The economic principles studied in this course will be applied to everyday life as students research an industry, debate issues with trade agreements, discuss the effects of a shift in labor supply and demand, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Consumer Price Index calculation. In particular, learners will research an industry affected by the economy and will perform an economic analysis of this chosen industry.
Explain how the Federal Reserve and banks manage the U.S. monetary system.
Determine the effects of monetary and fiscal policies on the economy's production and employment.
Identify the causes and costs of inflation.
Government Policy and International Trade
Debate issues surrounding international trade.
Recognize the effects of government policy on economic behavior.
Wages and Income
Determine methods for measuring income inequality.
Explain how wages are determined in a market economy.
Discuss how labor market equilibrium is affected by the supply and demand of labor.
Discuss factors affecting labor supply and demand.
Measuring Economic Health
Analyze the use of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to measure productivity and economic well-being.
Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) calculation process.
Principles of Economics
Explain how the principles of economics affect decision making, interaction, and the workings of the economy as a whole.
Discuss how budget constraints and preferences affect consumers' choices.
Compare and contrast the role of an economist as a scientist and as a policy advisor.
Supply and Demand
Analyze how the necessity of a good and the availability of substitutions impact price elasticity.
Describe how changes in price and quantity influcence market equilibrium.
Types of Goods and Markets
Compare and contrast public goods, private goods, common resources, and natural monopolies.
Examine the characteristics of competitive markets, monopolies, and oligopolies.
Determine how positive and negative externalities affect the economy.
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