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


Fabian, M, DevSim: a PowerPoint-based choose-your-own-adventure game for teaching economic development, Journal of Economics Teaching, 6, (2) pp. 96-105. ISSN 2690-506X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gamification, teaching, economics, development
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Applied economics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in economics
UTAS Author:Fabian, M (Dr Mark Fabian)
ID Code:148577
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:CALE Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-01-25
Last Modified:2022-04-22
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