Economics Programs

Igniting Creativity Through The Economic Way Of Thinking

World-class programs on vital societal principles taught by engaging expert educators.

In-Person Seminar or Webinar

45 to 90 minutes

Hands-On Experience

Future-Ready Skills

Actionable Insights

Practical Expertise

Top-notch instructors

National teaching standards

Customized for you

Entertaining for students

Easy to host

100% FREE!

An uplifting intellectual experience

Joshua B., High School Teacher (Kentucky)

The highlight of many of my students’ year!

Kurt G., High School Teacher (Colorado)

Exhibited flair, wit, and humor – Outstanding event!

High School Teacher (Kentucky)

Program Topics

The Wonders of Human Cooperation

Learn how each person’s unique knowledge & skills contribute to society.

Are good intentions enough?

A lesson in unintended consequences.

OR, Request a Custom Topic!

This program can be fully customized according to your curriculum needs— just contact us for more information.

Scarcity

Marginal Costs

Allocation of Goods & Services

Specialization & Trade

Growth

And More!

Host Your Dream Program

We’ve carefully planned our popular in-person or virtual workshops around national teaching standards, so everything we teach reinforces what you teach.

The learning process is guided by the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics. Using this framework, our instruction prepares students with in-depth economic thinking and problem-solving.

You can choose a specific lesson or topic your students need to learn and we’ll bring an expert professor directly to them. Hassle-free.

100% Free!

The Foundation for Economic Education is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we strive to make quality education available to as many people as possible. That’s why “Pivotal Moments in US History” is available at no cost to you!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What economic standards are covered in the program?

These National and State economic standards are covered:

Scarcity – Consumers & Consumer Economics, Opportunity Cost & Choice. 

Marginal Cost Benefits – Decision Making and Cost-Benefit Analysis, Profit – Motive and Maximization. 

Allocation of Goods and Services – Economic Systems, Incentives and Choice. 

Specialization & Trade – Benefits of Trade and Comparative Advantage. 

Price & Quantity Determination – Markets and Prices, Market Failures – Non-Price Determinants. 

Role of Competition – Market Failures – Levels of Competition. 

Role of Government & Property Rights

Profit & the Entrepreneur – Risk and Return, Decision Making. 

Growth – Incentives, Opportunity Cost, Markets and Prices. 

All presented in a dynamic experience tailored to your classroom.  Contact us for more information on particular curriculum needs you may have! 

What economic lectures are offered?

While workshops may be customized, the lecture series is composed of four one-hour sections: 

LECTURE 1.  The Knowledge Problem.  Explores the limits of human knowledge and begins with Leonard Read’s classic essay, “I, Pencil.”  This essay asks how pencils can be ubiquitous when no one person knows how to build one from scratch.  The paradox provides insights into all things humans build.  Students start thinking about centralized versus decentralized approaches to solving complex problems.  

LECTURE 2.  This portion of the workshop explores the knowledge problem through experiments in which students attempt to allocate society’s resources in order to make people better off.  Students explore real-world examples that demonstrate how the knowledge problem creates unintended consequences.  

LECTURE 3.  Here, we learn what economists understand about human behavior of people working in the public and private sectors.  Students experience a series of thought experiments and real-world examples intended to highlight the difference between outcomes that are attained when markets and government work perfectly versus when they are run by real people with human failings and self-interests.  

LECTURE 4.  Students explore how rights provide guidance for limitations on both markets and government.  

Each of these segments, including time for Q&A, is roughly one hour long. 

By prior arrangement and for audiences of college-bound students, we can present a half-hour discussion session on the value of college majors and what students can expect in college and how they may best prepare. 

How long is the program?

We tailor the exact length of the program to your schedule. Generally, we need a minimum of 2 hours with a full day seminar running up to 5 hours.  

We also offer an optional one hour, add-on session to talk about college readiness (applications, admissions, majors, etc.). 

Bottom line:  we can customize length of sessions – just contact us for more information. 

Can different groups of students participate in each of the four sessions?

The content builds throughout the program so the same group of students should participate in the sessions from beginning to end.  Contact us for ideas on how we can customize the seminar for your student group! 

What do I need to prepare to host the program?

The content builds throughout the program so the same group of students should participate in the sessions from beginning to end.  Contact us for ideas on how we can customize the seminar for your student group!

What do I need to prepare to host the program?

Follow these helpful tips: 

1. Talk to the decision-maker at your school who can approve hosting the program. 

Students participating in the program will miss some of their other classes so you’ll need to work with your administration for approval to host the Economics and Government Program during a school day. The content builds throughout the day so the same group of students should participate from beginning to end. It’s like an in-school, content-rich field trip without the hassle of scheduling chaperones or buses! And, we provide the entire program at no cost to you or your school!

You’ll need to secure a space large enough to accommodate your group of students. This could be in the library, an auditorium, or some other assembly space. The room must have a screen and projector that connects to a laptop. 

2. Contact FEE to secure a date for the program. (Submit the form below and then contact us at [email protected] to set up a date to visit). 

We’ll work with you to find a date that works with your schedule and with our faculty. We’re currently booking visits for the 2019-20 academic year. 

3. About a month before the program, FEE will confirm the details of our visit with you.

We’ll ask to confirm the number of students who will participate to ensure we bring enough materials and we will schedule a shipment of books and brochures to arrive around the time of the program. At this time, we will also work with you on a detailed schedule for the day, including arrival instructions and the times that the seminar should begin and end, so that we can make appropriate travel arrangements. 

4. Enjoy the program! 

On the day of the program, we hope that you will sit-in the seminars and even participate in the experiments. Your colleagues—teachers and administrators—are welcome to join us too as their schedule permits.

Who do you recommend for this program?

Junior and Senior honors and AP-level students are the recommended audience. 

Sponsored By

The John Anthony Krogdahl Trust