Topic 1 Introductions
Throughout this course, many discussion opportunities come up where you need to respond to other people's opinions and comments. Please take this opportunity to introduce yourself and to learn something about each other. Be sure to include the following information:
- Your name.
- Why you are taking this course?
- Any prior knowledge you may have about this topic.
- Your current and/or future educational goals.
- How you think this course will help you.
Click on the Respond button on the lower-left hand portion of this page to answer these questions on the Discussion Board. Take time to review the responses of your classmates and provide your feedback.
Topic 2We use economic concepts on a daily basis without even knowing it! When you decide whether or not to eat lunch at a restaurant or make a sandwich at home, you are making a decision based on the costs and benefits of those options. Economists use these same basic tools to examine economic issues. Think about one choice you made in the past several days and explain how this could be analyzed using economics concepts such as tradeoffs, opportunity costs, and marginal analysis.
Think about one choice you made in the past several days and explain how this could be analyzed using economics concepts such as tradeoffs, opportunity costs, and marginal analysis.
- How does the concept of “tradeoff” relate to “opportunity costs?”
- What is the difference between monetary and non-monetary opportunity costs?
- Why are opportunity costs based on a person’s tastes and preferences?
Comparative advantage dictates which good or service a particular region specializes in and exports to other regions. List one good or service that your home region specializes in and where it exports this good. Why is your region particularly good at the production of that good or service?