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1 Media resources for economists: The best of pop culture all rolled into one place G. Dirk Mateer Penn State University

2 2 The First Year Student: Bridging The Gap Between Theory and Expectations

3 Ben Stein, the Face of Economics Ferris Buellers Day Off 3

4 Economists in Commercials Watch the Commercial!Commercial 4

5 Effective Visuals We see with our brains, not our eyes. – The Monkey Business Illusion (Google it!) – The brain sees in pictures. An example….good or bad?

6 The Money Market and the Feds Choice of Monetary Policy Targets How the Fed Manages the Money Supply: A Quick Review Equilibrium in the Money Market Figure 14-4 The Impact on the Interest Rate When the Fed Increases the Money Supply When the Fed increases the money supply, households and firms will initially hold more money than they want, relative to other financial assets. Households and firms use the money they dont want to hold to buy Treasury bills and make deposits in interest-paying bank accounts. This increase in demand allows banks and sellers of Treasury bills and similar securities to offer lower interest rates. Eventually, interest rates will fall enough that households and firms will be willing to hold the additional money the Fed has created. In the figure, an increase in the money supply from $900 billion to $950 billion causes the money supply curve to shift to the right, from MS 1 to MS 2, and causes the equilibrium interest rate to fall from 4 percent to 3 percent. Describe the Federal Reserves monetary policy targets and explain how expansionary and contractionary monetary policies affect the interest rate LEARNING OBJECTIVE

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9 (Your one stop place for pop culture in economics)

10 Teaching Economics with Movie/TV Clips/Commercials Efficiency gains! Increases engagement. Assigned as homework to embed learning 10

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15 Animations open in a separate window and they will play automatically in your browser. 15


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