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DevSim: a PowerPoint-based choose-your-own-adventure game for teaching economic development

Fabian, M 2021 , 'DevSim: a PowerPoint-based choose-your-own-adventure game for teaching economic development' , Journal of Economics Teaching, vol. 6, no. 2 , pp. 96-105 .

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This paper explains how to use a game (DevSim) built using PowerPoint with an embedded Excel spreadsheet. DevSim plays out key structural changes studied in development economics. It provides a fun way to introduce students to central themes of economic development including industrialization, demographic transition, sources of growth, trade, institutions, and the resource curse. The foundation of the game is a production function, with the class allocating labor and capital to different industries each turn to grow their economy. More advanced concepts like trade and institutions are introduced each turn in the form of exogenous shocks.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fabian, M
Keywords: gamification, teaching, economics, development
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Economics Teaching
Publisher: Journal of Economics Teaching
ISSN: 2690-506X
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Copyright 2021 Journal of Economics TeachingLicensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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