Investing in Yourself

Students perform calculations—with half the class given information to make the task easier—to demonstrate the importance of human capital in increasing a person’s productivity. They then look at the wages for various occupations and consider the role of human capital in explaining the differences in those wages.

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The Making Personal Finance Decisions curriculum teaches valuable personal finance lessons grounded in economic theory. The curriculum is divided into 10 themed units, with each unit containing two lessons. The twenty individual lessons employ a variety of teaching strategies designed to engage students in the learning process and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed personal finance decisions. Investing in Yourself is lesson 3A of Unit Three: Earning Income.


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Education Level: 9-12
Subjects: Economics Mathematics Personal Finance
Concepts: Decision-Making Human Capital Income Sources of Income
Resource Types: Lesson PowerPoint
Languages: English
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