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Aplia's economics students use interactive chapter assignments, tutorials, news analyses, and experiments to make economics relevant and engaging.
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  • Math and graphing tutorials help students overcome deficiencies in these crucial areas.
  • Economics articles from top news sources challenge students to connect current events to course concepts.
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Experiments

Aplia's experiments are a great way to see economics in action. Students and instructors alike continue to find Aplia's online experiments one of the most stimulating and engaging aspects of their economics courses.

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Micro Experiment - Equilibrium Price and Quantity

Students play the role of either buyer or seller in a simulated market for used textbooks.

Macro Experiment - Interest Rates and Investment

Students play the role of borrower or lender in a market in which they negotiate loans to fund investment projects.

Micro Experiment - Price Ceilings and Floors

A variation on the Equilibrium Price and Quantity experiment that incorporates price controls into the market simulation.

Macro Experiment - Unemployment Compensation

Students play the role of worker or employer in a simulated market for jobs.

Micro Experiment - Taxes and Welfare

A variation on the Equilibrium Price and Quantity experiment that incorporates an excise tax into the market simulation.

Macro Experiment - Fixed Prices

Students compete to harvest the most "goo" on the fictitious planet Hermes by hiring other students in a labor market with fixed wages.

Micro Experiment - Tragedy of the Commons

Students play food providers who must decide whether to hunt or fish, with the "catch" that fish will not reproduce if the fish population falls below a critical level.

Macro Experiment - Flexible Prices

Students compete to harvest the most "goo" on the fictitious planet Hermes by hiring other students in a labor market with flexible wages.

Micro Experiment - Asymmetric Information and the Market for Lemons: Experiment

Students play the role of buyer or seller in a market for a good in which product quality may not be perfectly observable to buyers.

Macro Experiment - Labor Market

Students play the role of either a company that wants to hire workers or an agency with workers available for hire. Workers' productivity, and therefore their wage, depends on the amount of capital used by companies.


Active News Analyses

Category

Title

Game Theory

  • Games in the Game Console Market
  • The Health Insurance Death Spiral

International

  • Hung Up on Hanger Tariffs
  • Nobel Recipient Edmund Phelps: Dynamiter of Conventional Wisdom
  • Supply and Demand in the Market for Foreign Exchange, Part A
  • Supply and Demand in the Market for Foreign Exchange: Part B
  • Technology, the Labor Market, and Minimum Wage
  • Would a Government Ever Want to Limit Exports?

Labor and Resource Economics

  • French Riots
  • How Corporate Tax Avoidance Affects GDP and GNP
  • Nobel Recipient Edmund Phelps: Dynamiter of Conventional Wisdom
  • Vacancies and Unemployment

Macroeconomic Measurements

  • How Corporate Tax Avoidance Affects GDP and GNP
  • The Monthly Employment Situation
  • The Most Important Economic Indicator
  • Vacancies and Unemployment

Money and Monetary Policy

  • Deflation Zero Bound
  • Financial Freeze Brings Below-Zero T-Bill Yields
  • Maturity Extension Program
  • Not Feeling the (Debt) Ceiling...Yet
  • The Federal Reserve System and Interest Rates (June 22, 2001)

Monopoly

  • Diamond Industry Profits
  • Vista: A Tale of Two Market Structures

Production and Cost

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Productivity and Growth

  • The Most Important Economic Indicator

Public

  • Air Travel Taxes and Fees
  • Optimal Decision Making: A Parking Dilemma
  • Price Drops Energize the Market for Solar Panels

Short-Run Fluctuations

  • The Housing Market Boom and Bust
  • The U.S. Economy Plummeted in the 4th Quarter of 2008

Basic Concepts

  • Demand for Ethanol Drives Grain Markets
  • Do You "Appreciate" Wendy's Super Value Menu?
  • Hotel Bookings at the Olympic Games
  • The Housing Market Boom and Bust
  • When It Comes to Buying Textbooks, Students Do Their Homework
  • Would a Government Ever Want to Limit Exports?

Theory of the Firm

  • How Corporate Tax Avoidance Affects GDP and GNP
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Personalized Reviews

Aplia helps target what materials to focus on so that students can best use their study time. Personalized Reviews include questions that need more attention, offering students a chance to improve performance at their own pace, without affecting scores.

Students can drill on these questions as many times as they like, promoting mastery of the material.

Students can compare their performance on these reviews to their graded assignments.