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m06

Common pool resources

Fishpond
This unit deals with the overuse of shared resources; various possible solutions are discussed. The ‘Fishpond’ group game is played with the whole class. The associated exercises can be differentiated to suit the level of the class. A projector is required. The game masks can be ordered or downloaded.
ABU
DH
KV
BM
GYM
This unit deals with the overuse of shared resources; various possible solutions are discussed. The ‘Fishpond’ group game is played with the whole class. The associated exercises can be differentiated to suit the level of the class. A projector is required. The game masks can be ordered or downloaded.
Anonymity, Common pool resources, Economic types of goods, Environmental problems, Externalities, Free riding, Incentives, Internalisation, Market failure, Overuse, Private goods, Public goods, Role of the state, Scarcity of resources, Social norms, The common good, Tragedy of the commons
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ABU DH KV BM GYM
m11

Demography

Excel simulation
What impact will an ageing population have on Switzerland’s future ?
Basic demographic concepts and pension funding are explained. The topic is introduced in an initial worksheet. Various population development scenarios are simulated in an Excel file; the second worksheet contains instructions for each simulation. A computer with internet access is required for each group, as well as a projector.
ABU
DH
KV
BM
GYM
Basic demographic concepts and pension funding are explained. The topic is introduced in an initial worksheet. Various population development scenarios are simulated in an Excel file; the second worksheet contains instructions for each simulation. A computer with internet access is required for each group, as well as a projector.
AHV, Baby boom, Life expectancy, Net migration, Old-age dependency ratio, Pension, Population pyramid
ABU
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KV
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ABU DH KV BM GYM
a026

Economic trends

Knowledge sheet with assignment
A quarterly reassessment of economic developments.
The topics covered are the current economic situation and the forecast for economic developments in Switzerland based on assumptions about the global economy. Published on a quarterly basis in sync with the corresponding SECO publication (‘Konjunkturtendenzen’/‘Tendances conjoncturelles’). Each issue comprises the following package: A summary of the SECO publication prepared by iconomix (covering the global and Swiss economies, forecast developments and risks), Worksheet, Slide set (PDF) with all charts and tables from the SECO publication, Dataset (Excel) with facts and figures on the economy. The individual components can be combined in different ways depending on the level of the audience.

Next issue:
Economic trends, summer 2020: July 2020


KV
BM
GYM
The topics covered are the current economic situation and the forecast for economic developments in Switzerland based on assumptions about the global economy. Published on a quarterly basis in sync with the corresponding SECO publication (‘Konjunkturtendenzen’/‘Tendances conjoncturelles’). Each issue comprises the following package: A summary of the SECO publication prepared by iconomix (covering the global and Swiss economies, forecast developments and risks), Worksheet, Slide set (PDF) with all charts and tables from the SECO publication, Dataset (Excel) with facts and figures on the economy. The individual components can be combined in different ways depending on the level of the audience.

Next issue:
Economic trends, summer 2020: July 2020


Boom, consumption, economic policy, economy, exports, GDP, global economy, government spending, growth, indicators, investment, labour market, recession, unemployment
KV
BM
GYM
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a005

Energyscope

Simulation by ETH Lausanne
How can we shape the future of energy in Switzerland?
This unit has been provided by ETH Lausanne and focuses on the energy transition and the economic challenges that come with it. The energy calculator allows students to explore different scenarios and find out what their impact is. The interactive quiz helps in getting to grips with the energy calculator. Various levels of difficulty are available for both the energy calculator and the quiz. A computer with internet access is required for each group, as well as a projector.
KV
BM
GYM
This unit has been provided by ETH Lausanne and focuses on the energy transition and the economic challenges that come with it. The energy calculator allows students to explore different scenarios and find out what their impact is. The interactive quiz helps in getting to grips with the energy calculator. Various levels of difficulty are available for both the energy calculator and the quiz. A computer with internet access is required for each group, as well as a projector.
KV
BM
GYM
XX XX KV BM GYM
m03

Market and price formation

Pitgame
This unit covers basic topics such as the formation of market prices, equilibrium, supply and demand, and market efficiency. The group game «Pitgame» is based on an interactive presentation. The game is played with the whole class (minimum of 12 students). The associated teaching resources can be adapted to suit the level of the class. A computer with internet access is required, as well as a projector.
DH
KV
BM
GYM
This unit covers basic topics such as the formation of market prices, equilibrium, supply and demand, and market efficiency. The group game «Pitgame» is based on an interactive presentation. The game is played with the whole class (minimum of 12 students). The associated teaching resources can be adapted to suit the level of the class. A computer with internet access is required, as well as a projector.
Commodities exchange, Competition, Consumer profit, Demand, Efficient allocation, Equilibrium, Equilibrium price, Market economy, Market efficiency, Market price, Markets, Perfect competition, Price formation, Producer profit, Production costs, Stock exchange, Supply, Trading profits, Willingness to pay
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m04

Monetary policy

Mopos simulation
This unit deals with how central banks conduct monetary policy via the key interest rate (interest rate control). The Mopos simulation tool can be played in pairs or in groups. The students are set a number of different tasks. Prior knowledge of the economic cycle is required. A computer with internet access is required for each group, as well as a projector.
KV
BM
GYM
This unit deals with how central banks conduct monetary policy via the key interest rate (interest rate control). The Mopos simulation tool can be played in pairs or in groups. The students are set a number of different tasks. Prior knowledge of the economic cycle is required. A computer with internet access is required for each group, as well as a projector.
Central bank, economic policy goals, economy, inflation, interest rate, monetary policy, price stability
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BM
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a004

Public goods

Knowledge sheet with assignment
When everyone wants to consume and no one wants to pay.
The focus is on the problem of «free riding» in connection with public goods, and how the problem can be solved via government financing or social norms. The basics are outlined in the two-page text entitled «market failure». The worksheet is divided into three blocks.
KV
BM
GYM
The focus is on the problem of «free riding» in connection with public goods, and how the problem can be solved via government financing or social norms. The basics are outlined in the two-page text entitled «market failure». The worksheet is divided into three blocks.
Externalities, free riding, government, market failure, public goods, shortage, social norms
KV
BM
GYM
XX XX KV BM GYM
a020

Top earners

Salaries at management level
This unit deals with the framework conditions that lead to high management salaries. Students are split into five groups that play against each other. The game is played with the whole class. The associated teaching resources are also aimed at the class as a whole. A projector is required for the game.
KV
BM
GYM
This unit deals with the framework conditions that lead to high management salaries. Students are split into five groups that play against each other. The game is played with the whole class. The associated teaching resources are also aimed at the class as a whole. A projector is required for the game.
Experiment, labour income, labour market, leverage, market value, salaries at management level, winner-takes-all
KV
BM
GYM
XX XX KV BM GYM