SiCKO the Movie

Economics of Healthcare using SiCKO the Movie // Online Debate

While exploring the movie and its topics in class, I’ve augmented the instruction with an online component that allows students to leave comments and express their viewpoints in an organized fashion. Proper use of the technology component is stressed, incorporating the State of Ohio’s Technology Standards.

Furthermore, I promoted our discussion on Twitter and invited participation from the director of the film who emailed back to acknowledge our work.

See the discussion here:

Economics etc. History

Afterschool Film: ‘Restrepo’ – Comments

What did you think of the film? What comments, reflections, suggestions, and insights do you have?

For history students, answer this question as well: What are some similarities between what you know about Vietnam, and what you saw in ‘Restrepo’?

For economics students, answer this question as well: What are some economic effects of these guys (from ‘Restrepo’) coming back into society?

(For extra credit seekers, make sure to leave a quality comment for full marks…)

Economics History News

ECON and USHIST Book Returns

Please bring your books back by Monday, June 6th, at the latest.

If you’re in Economics, you may keep your book until the final exam, which takes place on Tuesday.

If you do not return your books, you’ll get charged the full book cost on your school account, and risk not being able to graduate unless it’s paid in full. Make it easy on yourself – bring your book back early!

Assignments Economics

Econ Exam Review

Make sure to prepare for the Econ Exam. Here’s a link to the public wiki that contains study terms for the final exam.

The exam itself is comprised of 200 matching / multiple choice questions.

Assignments Economics

Blue Gold: The Discussion

We’re seeing the film Blue Gold in class. Leave your thoughts, comments, concerns, solutions, and insights here. For the assignment, make sure to add two solid comments by week’s end (Friday) for full credit.

Economics News

Gross Domestic Product UP!

Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annual rate of 1.8% in the first quarter of 2011, according to today’s second estimate. This follows a growth rate of 3.1% in the fourth quarter of 2010.

This information is provided to you by the  Economics and Statistics Administration through the Economic Indicators service. This and other economic indicators data are now available on ESA’s Twitter feed. Check out other demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and visit to learn how the Department of Commerce can help businesses become more competitive.

Assignments Economics News

ECON: Mixed up grades…

The grades for two assignments in ProgressBook had been mixed up due to database errors.

The NYT reading on the “Poorest People” had been switched for the “End of Poverty” comments.

This error has now been fixed, and you should check your grades to make they’re up to date.

Economics History

USHIST: After School Movie Events

There will be showings of two films after school, because I think they’re worthwhile, and valuable for you to see. Both are true stories, one about Vietnam, the other about Afghanistan. However, one is rated R, and therefore, I cannot show it during regular school hours.

I will offer extra credit for attending the screenings, 15 points per movie for attending and leaving a comment on the website. Additionally, you will have to have a signed parent permission form in order to attend the showing of RESTREPO. All extra credit will be awarded after final exempt status has been decided.

RESTREPO is open to both ECON and USHIST students, Rescue Dawn, only to USHIST.


The Pursuit of Happiness

A correlation between well-being and wealth

FOR more than 70 years, economists have been fixated with measuring economic ouput. Their chosen measure, gross domestic product, has limitations—it takes no account of natural-resource depletion and excludes unpaid services such as volunteering. On May 24th the OECD launched its alternative measure of well-being which includes 20 different indicators across 11 sectors in its 34 member countries, from life satisfaction to air pollution. It has produced an interactive tool which allows users to change the weight of each sector according to their own view of its importance. The chart below shows the results of its headline Better Life index (which is equally weighted) plotted against GDP per person at purchasing-power parity (which adjusts GDP for differences in the cost of living across countries). Money may not buy you happiness. But it can buy a strong correlation with a fancy new index that aims to put a number on contentment.


Assignments Economics

Reading: Crime and Punishment

Here’s the reading due by start of class on Thursday:

Crime and Punishment

  1. Does crime pay? Why, or why not? What are the costs / benefits of committing crimes?
  2. What new laws would you propose in order to deal with the overcrowding of prisons?