Teachers are bombarded with questions from students about what is happening in the local and global economy. The current economic situation and financial crisis are difficult to understand. There are many conflicting arguments about what should be done. Questions surface in your class. Students want to know why a parent can’t find a job or why a company has gone out of business. Recently, we have seen the interest in understanding economics surge. On this page we will list or link to a variety of resources you may find useful. Keep checking back.
- Planet Money – Stories on current economic events ranging from the financial crisis to the European Union crisis. These journalist are experts at making complex economic occurrences easy to understand for YOU and YOUR students.
- How Did We Get Here? In Spring 2009 Research Frontiers, a publication by the University of Arkansas, published a summary of the events that lead to the current situation. This is very helpful reading for you as a teacher or for your students.
- C3: Causes, Consequences, and Cures of the Current Economic and Financial Crisis – Faculty in the economics and finance department of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, in conjunction with the student – think tank, the Roosevelt Institute, present a panel discussion on the current economic/financial crisis.
- The financial Crisis: A Timeline of Events and Policy Actions – Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Great site for a detailed listing of financial occurrences since February 2007 including news reports of each major event.
- A Word on the Economy by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – a 35 minute PowerPoint with narrative describing the history of the current financial crisis. Good resource for teachers.
- Economics Insights – published by the Colorado Council on Economic Education – The Genesis of a Crisis by Dale DeBoer, Ph.D. – A very good summary with a bit if history to help you understand what has happened.
- A Credit Crisis XPlanation on YouTube – 3.48 minutes.