Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Classroom Activity: Coordination and Collaboration Problems

This fifth activity comes after students are to have listened to lectures about coordination (slides) and collaboration (slides) problems. I had two goals with this activity: to clarify the difference between the two, as that is a common point of confusion; and to convince them that the latter really are a big deal, as I've found that many students have a hard time believing that narrow self-interest could prevail over the common good with any real frequency.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Classroom Activity: Comparative Advantage

This fourth activity comes after students are to have listened (slides) to a lecture on how states are currently leaving a lot of money lying on the ground by failing to cooperate more fully. I focused specifically on economic cooperation—explaining how there'd be a lot more stuff to go around if states changed their trade, exchange rate, and immigration policies—though I discuss other areas of cooperation in other lectures. Look below the fold for details.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Classroom Activity: Game Theory

This third activity comes after students are to have listened to a lecture on game theory (slides). Look below the fold for details.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Classroom Activity: Interpreting Regressions

As I mentioned before, I'm teaching Intro to IR again. And since I'm making a number of changes, small though most of them will be, I'm blogging about the activities again. This one didn't change much from the previous time, since I found it worked pretty well.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Classroom Activity: Simplification

I'm teaching Intro to IR again, and while the course will be pretty similar to the last time I taught it, I'm making a lot of minor adjustments, so I figured I'd blog about each of the activities again. (I'll be posting the updated lectures here.)

As I did last time, I designed the first activity to chip away a bit at students' aversion to simplification (at least, they seem to dislike when others simplify; shockingly, they're more forgiving of the practice when it comes time to offer explanations of their own).