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Government spending and taxes
There are several online budget simulations in which students are asked to make decisions about government spending and taxes, and then are shown the impact on the federal budget, often with compelling graphics.
The National Budget Simulation encourages decisions about current policy issues.
The Budget Explorer comes with historical background.
The NCEE National Budget Simulation available from EconEdLink comes with handouts for instructors.
For a class activity on "Economic Anxiety: Lost homes, lost jobs, debt and dropping markets" see TeachableMoment.
For a class activity on military spending and the military industrial complex see TeachableMoment.
For a class activity on Social Security using a Document Based Question technique, see TeachableMoment
For activities on taxes see “Examining the Tax Cuts" from TeachableMoment leads students through an analysis of the distributional impact of some of the tax cuts instituted by President George W. Bush.
The Buck Institute’s “The President’s Dilemma” at is a two to three-week-long simulation problem in which students act as a “President’s Economic Consultant Team” to develop policies in response to an economy in stagflation.
The “Global Economics Game,” available for sale, is a computer software simulation in which students control fiscal, monetary, and trade policies for a fictional country.
“Controlling the Economy” in Economics Live! Learning Economics the Collaborative Way (McGraw-Hill, or contact the coauthor, Mark Maier, firstname.lastname@example.org) is a card game to give students practice in identifying the impact of fiscal and monetary policies.