Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Aplia Blog

I didn’t get much reaction to my suggestion that students consider doing their Discussion Board Post on Alan Greenspan’s new book: The Age of Turbulence. I still think you would learn a lot of macro by reading the book, and it would reinforce the ideas in your textbook.

You shouldn’t put off picking a topic for your Discussion Board Post. In an eight week course things come at you fast and furious. With that thought in mind I’ll suggest another source of ideas for your post. Aplia has developed a good blog which covers current events in economics called Aplia Econ Blog (“News for Econ Students). “The Aplia Econ Blog offers a place to explore news articles that relate to your econ course. Each post highlights an economic concept by providing concise commentary and insight about a compelling news article. Posts conclude with open-ended discussion questions that encourage students to think about the article from an economic perspective.”

Some of the recent topics on the Aplia blog that might make for an interesting post, and are preapproved as topics include:
· Monetary Policy Reaction Function
· Remittances and Global Poverty
· Should the Government Tax Consumption or Income?
· The Dollar Is Sinking, but What Does That Mean to Me?
· The Dollar and the Drug Trade
· Loss Aversion and the Housing Market
· Out-Outsourcing

Extra Credit: Who founded Aplia? What is the founder of Aplia known for, aside from founding Aplia? If you are the first student to send me an e-mail at with the answer, you will be rewarded with two extra credit Discussion Board points. Only two points extra credit per student can be earned in any given week from the blog questions.

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