The Economist Articles — Week of 5 Mar 2016

Every week I read through The Economist to pick out articles that may be useful for teaching in the classroom. I’ll be sharing some of my notes and the discussion prompts I’ve come up with in these weekly posts. For students, they can serve as guide-rails for your reading. For teachers, I hope they will be helpful for your teaching.

1. Electricity in Nigeria — Powerless

Asymmetric information: “Even as companies were bidding to buy power stations… striking staff prevented them from looking at what they were buying… they had bought rundown equipment and companies whose books had been systematically cooked.”

The Economist Articles — Week of 20 Feb 2016

Every week I read through The Economist to pick out articles that may be useful for teaching in the classroom. I’ll be sharing some of my notes and the discussion prompts I’ve come up with in these weekly posts. For students, they can serve as guide-rails for your reading. For teachers, I hope they will be helpful for your teaching.

1. Fighting the next recession — Unfamiliar ways forward

“If (China’s) growth falters, it stokes worries about the prospects for other emerging markets; if activity holds up, though, concerns shift to the ever rising debt that makes such feats possible, but not necessarily sustainable.”

The Economist Articles — Week of 13 Feb 2016

Every week I read through The Economist to pick out articles that may be useful for teaching in the classroom. I’ll be sharing some of my notes and the discussion prompts I’ve come up with in these weekly posts. For students, they can serve as guide-rails for your reading. For teachers, I hope they will be helpful for your teaching.

1. Smoking in France — Between a puff and a Kalashnikov

Opportunity cost: the opportunity cost of smoking outside school premises has increased given the threat of terrorist attacks.

Challenge

All students taking A-Level Economics in Singapore (either in 2014 or 2015) can participate.

The Challenge

Using H2 Economics knowledge, draw, write and submit via email (econoception@gmail.com) to me diagrams/pictures with explanation (250 words limit) to capture the story borne out by the six quotes in an article from this week’s The Economist:

“But geopolitical crises, especially in Ukraine, had a bigger impact. German exports to Russia have plummeted.”

“More devastating is the rising uncertainty over Russia that is causing managers to delay investment. Germany’s Ifo business-climate index, a widely watched benchmark, fell in August.”