Category: Ethics

Video: What Does It Take to Be An Effective Altruist?

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Aug 03, 2016
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Video Resource, Generosity, Ethics
Sorry, but on a roll now with this theme of charitable giving (check out this podcast with Eileen Heisman, leader in the world of philanthropy). Here is a thought-provoking TED video with Peter Singer, ethicist from Princeton (Warning: the first 1:30 of this 17 minute video involves a car accident involving a young child is extremely difficult to watch for many reasons) : What do I like about the video? He addresses head-on many objections that people have to giving: How much of a...

For Econ Teachers Looking To Bring Supply and Demand Curves To Life...

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Aug 01, 2016
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Article, Behavioral Finance, Purchase Decisions, Current Events, Math, Ethics
The departure of Lin-Manuel Miranda could mean lower demand for “Hamilton” tickets — and lower profits for ticket scalpers. Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times What happens when demand far outstrips supply as it has done for tickets for the Broadway smash “Hamilton?” Prices go up and scalpers mint money. NY Times takes it from there (I bolded the final line): On July 9, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the founding father of “Hamilton,” took his final bow in the title role of...

Ethics Activity: The L.L. Bean Return Policy

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Jul 26, 2016
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Ethics, Activity, Purchase Decisions, Current Events, Audio Resource, Activities, Cartoons
I was listening to this audio segment (20.5 minutes) of This American Life’s podcast “Get Your Money’s Worth” (Act 2: Bean Counter) about retailer L.L. Bean’s return policy and thinking “what a great discussion starter about the ethics of customer returns.” We have an ethics lesson on our curriculum roadmap so please send along any other ways that you bring ethics into your classroom. Here are some questions for your students to ponder as they...