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Friday, December 27, 2013

Economics Education sessions at the ASSAs

I won’t be in Philadelphia but for those attending the meetings, here are all the education-related sessions I could find (please let me know if I missed any!):

Jan 03, 2014 10:15 am, Philadelphia Marriott, Grand Ballroom - Salon L American Economic Association
Experiments and the Economics Classroom (I2) (Panel Discussion)
Panel Moderator: TISHA EMERSON (Baylor University)
SHERYL BALL (Virginia Tech)
TED BERGSTROM (University of California-Santa Barbara)
CHARLES HOLT (University of Virginia)
JOHN MORGAN (University of California-Berkeley)

Jan 03, 2014 12:30 pm, Philadelphia Marriott, Meeting Room 305National Association of Economic Educators
Determinants of Student Achievement in High School and Undergraduate Economics and Personal Finance Classrooms (A2)
Presiding: ANDREW HILL (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)
Does Student Engagement Affect Student Achievement in High School Economics Classes?
JODY HOFF (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)
JANE LOPUS (California State University-East Bay)

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (At Least): The Effective Use of Visuals in the Economics Classroom
JOSE J. VAZQUEZ (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign)
ERIC P. CHIANG (Florida Atlantic University)

Teacher Characteristics and Student Achievement in Economics: Evidence from the 2006 NAEP
ERIN A. YETTER (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

Teacher Preparation and Student Achievement in a High School Personal Finance: Evidence from "Keys to Financial Success"
REBECCA CHAMBERS (University of Delaware)
ANDREW T. HILL (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)

Discussants:MARY SUITER (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
REBECCA CHAMBERS (University of Delaware)
ELIZABETH BREITBACH (University of South Carolina)
STEPHEN BUCKLES (Vanderbilt University)

Jan 03, 2014 2:30 pm, Philadelphia Marriott, Grand Ballroom - Salon JAmerican Economic Association
Research in Economic Education (A2)
Presiding: GAIL HOYT (University of Kentucky)

Do Graduate Students' Preferences for Course Delivery Differ from Undergraduate Students?
JOHN MANN (Michigan State University)
SHIDA HENNEBERRY (Oklahoma State University)

15 Years of Research on Graduate Education in Economics: What Have We Learned?
WENDY STOCK (Montana State University)
JOHN SIEGFRIED (Vanderbilt University) [Download Preview]

Incorporating Community-Based Learning into a Course on the Economics of Poverty
NICOLE B. SIMPSON (Colgate University)
STEVEN BEDNAR (Elon University) [Download Preview]

Cooperative Learning: Can It Off-Set Some of the Costs of Large Enrollment Classes?
TISHA EMERSON (Baylor University)
LINDA CARTER (Baylor University)
KIMMARIE MCGOLDRICK (University of Richmond)

Discussants:STEPHEN WU (Hamilton College)
PAUL W. GRIMES (Pittsburg State University)
SAM ALLGOOD (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
WILLIAM BOSSHARDT (Florida Atlantic University)
Jan 04, 2014 10:15 am, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201-BAmerican Economic Association
Economics Education in the Digital Age: The Implications of Online Technologies and MOOCs (A1)
Presiding: NANCY ROSE (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Teaching Economics Online: Experience With a MOOC on Development Economics
ABHIJIT BANERJEE (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)ESTHER DUFLO (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The Industrial Organization of Online Education
TYLER COWEN (George Mason University)
ALEX TABARROK (George Mason University)

The Democratization of Education
DARON ACEMOGLU (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
DAVID LAIBSON (Harvard University)
JOHN A. LIST (University of Chicago)

Sustainable Business Models for MOOCs? Standard and Advanced Education Models
CAROLINE HOXBY (Stanford University)

Discussants:GAIL HOYT (University of Kentucky)
JOHN SIEGFRIED (Vanderbilt University)
Jan 04, 2014 12:30 pm, Philadelphia Marriott, Meeting Room 410National Association of Economic Educators
The Effects of Personal Finance Education Over the Life Cycle (A2)
Presiding: JEANNE HOGARTH (Center for Financial Services Innovation)

Educational IDAs: Impact on Educational Attainment and Personal Finance Attitudes and Behavior
RADHA BHATTACHARYA (California State University-Fullerton)
ANDREW GILL (California State University-Fullerton)
DENISE STANLEY (California State University-Fullerton)

The Importance of Financial Literacy in Retirement Planning
ASHLEY THARAYIL (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Financial Literacy and Banking Participation: Findings and Implications for Economic Education
ELIZABETH BREITBACH (University of South Carolina)
WILLIAM WALSTAD (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

An Empirical Analysis Linking a Person's Financial Risk Tolerance and Financial Literacy to Financial Behaviors
JAMIE WAGNER (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Discussants:ERIN A. YETTER (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch)
JANE LOPUS (California State University-East Bay)
JEANNE HOGARTH (Center for Financial Services Innovation)
PAUL W. GRIMES (Pittsburg State University)
Jan 04, 2014 2:30 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Grand HallAmerican Economic Association
AEA Committee on Economic Education Poster Session (Poster Session)
Presiding: STEVEN COBB (University of North Texas)

Do Monetary Incentives Matter in Classroom Experiments: Effects on Game Performance and Exam Scores
MATTHEW ROUSU (Susquehanna University)
JAY CORRIGAN (Kenyon College)
JILL HAYTER (East Tennessee State University)
GREG COLSON (University of Georgia)
DAVID HARRIS (Benedictine College)
OLUGBENGA ONAFOWORA (Susquehanna University)

Brand Name Quiz and Incentives of Product Differentiation in Monopolistic Competition
XIN FANG (University of Illinois-Chicago)

Why is it Not Always Easy to Convince the Value of (Neoclassical) Microeconomic Theory to Graduate Students in Healthcare Administration?
HENGAMEH M. HOSSEINI (Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg) [Download Preview]

Use of Rubrics in Undergraduate Economics Classes
VERONIKA DOLAR (Long Island University)

Students' Time-Allocation, Attitudes and Performance on Multiple-Choice Tests
VLADIMIR HLASNY (Ewha Womans University)

Poster Projects in Economics Classroom: Stimulating Active Learning and Creativity
INESSA LOVE (University of Hawaii-Manoa)

Teaching Replication in Quantitative Empirical Economics
JAN H. HOFFLER (University of Gottingen)

Three Effective Strategies in Teaching Undergraduate Econometrics Courses
LEILA FARIVAR (Ohio State University)

Service Learning in a Business Finance Economics Course
MAX ST. BROWN (Washington State University)

The Effectiveness of Participatory Simulation in Resource Economics Education
YU-LI KO (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Directed Crib Sheet Development as a Preparation and Review Tool: Identifying Effectiveness of Incentives on Student Learning Outcomes in Principles of Economics
COLIN CANNONIER (Belmont University)
KARA D. S. MITCHELL (Belmont University)

Getting Students in Introductory Economics Classes to Understand the Economics of Health Insurance
RANGANATH MURTHY (Western New England University)

Experiment Illustrating the Provision of Discrete Public Good under Asymetric Information
SHIZUKA NISHIKAWA (St. Mary's College of Maryland)

Increase Student Engagement and Foster Critical Thinking Using Data-Driven Exercises
AMY HENDERSON (St. Mary's College of Maryland)

Use of Student Authors: Study Guide to Teach Applied Econometrics and Introductory Statistics
ROD D. RAEHSLER (Clarion University)

Active Group Design in Trading Simulation to Promote Active Learning
XIAOWEN GAO (Coventry University London)

Checker Flag Apps for a Winning Pedagogy
HOWARD H. COCHRAN (Belmont University)
MARIETA V. VELIKOVA (Belmont University)
BRADLEY D. CHILDS (Belmont University)

Using CDF to Make Graphics Interactive in Lectures and Online Exercises
TOM CREAHAN (Morehead State University)

The Role of Algebra I Assessment in Improving Student Performance in Principles of Microeconomics
IRENE R. FOSTER (George Washington University)
MELANIE ALLWINE (George Washington University)

An Interactive Graphing Activity
WILLIAM ALPERT (University of Connecticut)
OSKAR HARMON (University of Connecticut)
ADAM NEMEROFF (University of Connecticut)
ROBERT SZARKA (University of Connecticut)
PAUL TOMOLONIS (University of Connecticut)

The Power of Voice in Online Education: Using VoiceThread to Promote Reflection, Participation and Community
CATHERINE LAWSON (Missouri Western State University)

To Donate or Not to Donate-Classroom Game Illustrating the Characteristics of a Public Good
ASHLEY THARAYIL (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

First Impressions and Lasting Impressions: Making Economics Memorable
CHARITY-JOY ACCHIARDO (Transylvania University)
G. DIRK MATEER (University of Kentucky)

Introduction to the Three-Range Aggregate Supply Curve: A Cooperative Learning Activity
LAURA WHITAKER (University of Delaware)

Revise and Resubmit: Using Exams as Teaching Tools
KATHRYN BIRKELAND (University of South Dakota)

A Competitive Market Demonstration for Principles of Microeconomics Courses
LUCAS M. ENGELHARDT (Kent State University)
Jan 04, 2014 2:30 pm, Philadelphia Marriott, Meeting Room 410National Association of Economic Educators
What Matters in Principles of Economics Classes? (A2)
Presiding: ANDREW HILL (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)

Loss Aversion, Irrational Behavior, and Student Motivation in the Economics Classroom
MARIA APOSTOLOVA (University of Kentucky)
WILLIAM COOPER (University of Kentucky)
GAIL HOYT (University of Kentucky)
EMILY MARSHALL (University of Kentucky)

Non-Cognitive Skills and Performance of Macro Principles Students
WILLIAM L. GOFFE (Pennsylvania State University)
DEBORAH GOINS (Pennsylvania State University)

A Panel Data Study of Student Knowledge Growth: Application of an Economic Empirical Growth Model
TIN-CHUN LIN (Indiana University-Northwest)

Does Calculator Use and Test Format Mask Weakness in Basic Math Ability?: Experimental Evidence of Impact on Comprehension in Principles of Economics
MELANIE ALLWINE (George Washington University)
IRENE R. FOSTER (George Washington University)

Discussants:CARLOS ASARTA (University of Delaware)
ANDREW T. HILL (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)
MARY H. LESSER (Lenoir-Rhyne University)
WILLIAM L. GOFFE (Pennsylvania State University)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The cost of Christmas

Actual inflation might be running low but according to PNC's annual Christmas Price Index, the cost of Christmas is up 7.7% (or 6.9% if you sum up ALL the gifts for all the repetitions of the song). Of the individual items, nine ladies dancing is up the most, 20% - perhaps a sign of growing gender wage equality? PNC also calculates a 'core' index (10.6%) that excludes the swans, since they are the most volatile item in the basket, and they point out that this is analogous to the core CPI which excludes food and energy.

Also, if anyone needs gift ideas for academic friends, this mug is a must-have! (also available as a t-shirt!)