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Page One Economics®

Keep your students in the know on timely economic issues with Page One Economics. Each issue provides a simple, short overview of a current economic event that offers students an opportunity to use close reading strategies. Special "Focus on Finance" essays cover personal finance. The Teacher's Guide includes student questions and a teacher answer key, plus additional resources and lesson ideas for classroom, extra credit, or make-up assignments.

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Starting October 2016, some issues include lessons for middle school teachers.

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•  September - How Do Imports Affect GDP?

•  May - The Economics of Natural Disasters

•  April Bonus Edition - Bankruptcy: When All Else Fails
Focus on Finance edition | includes middle school lesson

•  April - Smart Phones and Budget Changes
Focus on Finance edition | includes middle school lesson

•  March - Bitcoin: Money or Financial Investment?

•  February - On the Move: Renting Basics
Focus on Finance edition | includes middle school lesson

•  January - Will Robots Take Our Jobs?


•  December - Credit Bureaus: The Record Keepers
Focus on Finance edition | includes middle school lesson

•  November - Does International Trade Create Winners and Losers?

•  October - Treasury Offset Program to the Rescue
Focus on Finance edition | includes middle school lesson

•  September - Why Are Some Countries Rich and Others Poor?

•  May - The Economics of Subsidizing Sports Stadiums

•  April - Advertising: Dollars and Decisions
Focus on Finance edition | includes middle school lesson

•  March - The Productivity Puzzle

•  February - Insurance: Managing Risk and Balancing Responsibility with Affordability
Focus on Finance edition | includes middle school lesson

•  January - Education, Income, and Wealth


•  December - Income Tax: Facts and Filings
Focus on Finance edition | includes middle school lesson

•  November - International Trade
Includes middle school lesson

•  October - Financing Businesses and Public Projects with Stocks and Bonds
Focus on Finance edition | includes middle school lesson

•  September - Why Is It So Difficult To Buy a High-Quality Used Car?

•  May - Soft Skills: Success May Depend on Them

•  April - Stock Market Strategies: Are You an Active or Passive Investor?

•  March - The Smart-Chip Credit Card: A Current Solution
Focus on Finance edition

•  February - Making Sense of Unemployment Data


•  December - College: Learning the Skills To Pay the Bills?

•  November - Peer-to-Peer Lending
Focus on Finance edition

•  October - What's in Your Market Basket? Why Your Inflation Rate Might Differ from the Average

•  May - Falling Oil Prices Create Winners and Losers

•  April - From Coins to Big Bucks: The Evolution of General Purpose Reloadable Prepaid Cards
Focus on Finance edition

•  March - Is a Strong Dollar Better than a Weak Dollar?

•  January - Would a Gold Standard Brighten Economic Outcomes?


•  November - Smoothing the Path: Balancing Debt, Income, and Saving for the Future

•  September – Economics and the Environment

•  May – The Economics of Immigration: A Story of Substitutes and Complements

•  March – Would Increasing the Minimum Wage Reduce Poverty?

•  January – The Rising Cost of College: Tuition, Financial Aid, and Price Discrimination


•  November – The Global Economy: It's a Small World After All

•  October – Why Scarce Resources Are Sometimes Unemployed

•  September – What Are the “Ingredients” for Economic Growth?

•  August – Making Sense of the Ups and Downs of Prices

•  May – GDP: Does It Measure Up?

•  April – Prices: The Marketplace’s Communication System

•  March – Money and Inflation: A Functional Relationship

•  February – Investing in Yourself: An Economic Approach to Education Decisions

•  January – Choices Are Everywhere: Why Can’t We Just Have It All?


•  November – The Output Gap: A "Potentially" Unreliable Measure of Economic Health?

•  October – The Great Inflation: A Historical Overview and Lessons Learned

•  September – Higher Gasoline Prices: Temporary or Time to Buy a Hybrid?

•  August – The Legacy of the Olympics: Economic Burden or Boom?

•  May – Wait, Is Saving Good or Bad? The Paradox of Thrift

•  April – “Dewey Defeats Truman”: Be Aware of Data Revisions

•  March – Gini in a Bottle: Some Facts on Income Inequality

•  February – Traditional Versus Shadow Banking

•  January – What Do Financial Market Indicators Tell Us?


•  November – Then and Now: Fed Policy Actions During the Great Depression and the Great Recession

•  October – Natural Disasters: From Destruction to Recovery

•  September – Time Inconsistency: Today’s Actions, Tomorrow’s Regrets

•  August – Is a College Cap and Gown a Financial Ball and Chain?

•  May – Financial Regulation: A Primer on the Dodd-Frank Act

•  April – Quantitative Easing Explained

•  March – Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Times of Crisis

•  February – Deflation: Who Let the Air Out?

•  January – Financial Crises, Reform, and Central Banking: Establishing the Federal Reserve

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