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Economics

How do people organize themselves for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services? Explore economics with these resources:


Teaching Activities

Image from the story Examine Economic Factors That Influence Human Migration Along the U.S./Mexican Border
Using newspaper clippings of immigrant stories to illustrate, students discuss the economic "push" and "pull" of migration to the United States; and evaluate the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on migration between the U.S. and Mexico.
Image from the story Russia's Conversion From Communism to Capitalism
Students use Russia as a case study to explore the advantages and disadvantages of command and market economies, examine economic incentives, and create political cartoons.
Image from the story A Newscast on Nigerian Women
Students prepare a newscast focused on the challenges women face in Nigeria.
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Track the Path of Coffee From Farm to Store Shelf
Students talk about key economic terms, discover the humble origins of coffee beans and discuss how their behavior as consumers affects people in developing countries.


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Enhance your classroom activities with these additional site resources related to economics

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (Determine your career as a Kenyan woman runner in this interactive game.)
pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/kenya/steps.html

Charting the World's Oil (Trace the production and consumption of the world's oil.)
pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/colombia/oil.html

Global Reach: U.S. Corporations in Colombia (Read corporate snapshots of major companies doing business in the region.)
pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/colombia/corporate.html

Venezuela: Power At The Pump (Read interviews with executives on opposite sides of efforts to control Venezuela's state-owned oil company.)
pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/venezuela/oil.html

What's In Your Water Bottle? (Learn about the $22 billion bottled water business and what companies, NGOs and environmental groups say about the industry.)
pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/bolivia/waterbottle.html

Your Coffee Dollar (Follow the bean from field to cup and make decisions along the way in this feature exploring the global trade.)
pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/guatemala.mexico/coffee.html

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