Introductory Economics Labs


Click on individual labs in the expanded menu (right) to see a description and download files for an individual lab.

We think of the labs as standalone in the sense that they do not explicitly refer to each other.  The labs have a conventional curricular order adopted by most textbooks, with micro followed by macro. A professor can choose any combination of labs. For example, the elasticity lab can be used even if the supply and demand lab is not. The labs are standalone in this sense. There is nothing that requires they be used in sequential or any other order. If your course starts with macroeconomics or you are teaching a macro principles or intermediate course, you can assign the labs on economic growth, inflation, unemployment, and monetary policy in any order you wish.

You may also download all labs in a single compressed (zip) archive by clicking the link below: (4.2 MB)

To see a description of each lab, please take a look at the Quick Tour.

Lab 0 contains information on charting and other basic Excel skills that are used in subsequent labs. We recommend that this lab be available to your students as a reference resource.

Instructor Resources is a password-protected area for professors that has suggested answers.