This interactive tutorial focuses on GDP and its importance as an indicator of economic well-being. Using the information provided, students will make GDP predictions for the world's largest economies, for the next 15 years. After justifying their reasoning the application will automatically simulate their results and create a student-specific GDP ranking for the future.
Students also have the opportunity to rank the importance of a series of factors for deciding the growth rates of each nation. A professor's page compiles the results of the class and when displayed in class encourages a lively debate.
Country Investment Decision is an interactive exercise in which students adopt the role of an International Fund Advisor. Students must study the data available about different countries in order to prioritize the investment options and make a final investment proposal.
The exercise is designed so that different data sets of real countries are firstly considered individually before all the data together is taken into account to make a final proposal. The topics covered are economic indicator data, institutional data, and finally social and political risk data. At each decision stage, the student must justify their choices. A professor’s page displays graphically the evolution of decisions.
* This material will have personalized links for each student and the professor will have the ability to see individual and aggregate responses before and during the class session.
Beginning with the details of an unnamed country this interactive exercise lets students combine various economic policies to analyze their future impact (in the following two years) on the main macroeconomic indicators. The results and feedback given to students are expressed numerically and graphically.
Students also have access to the results of the combination of policies used throughout the exercise so that they can be compared. Said results can be printed for subsequent discussion.
This case is designed to introduce students to the basic tools of supply and demand and to observe and predict how they operate in a real market that is constantly grabbing headlines: the global petroleum market. The analysis of this interactive multimedia case is based around those events that have affected the price of oil from 1970 to 2013.
Students will be presented with a series of historical events that affected the price of oil on the world market. They study each of these and then predict the effects on price by shifting the curves on the traditional supply and demand model.
The World Oil Prices interactive exercise has been used successfully across a range of masters programs, from Masters in Management through to MBA and executive programs. The material would be suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate economics courses, once the initial supply and demand theory has been grasped.