An additional PBE unit in which students act as economic policy analysts for the city of Matildaville, who are asked to recommend the best use of some undeveloped land donated by a wealthy benefactor. As they consider the wishes of the benefactor and the needs of the community, the analysts debate a list of possible entities that could operate on the land. A sudden financial crisis forces students to focus their criteria for selection more narrowly around short-term economic concerns. Since this unit focuses on topics that are not typically covered in a high school course oriented toward microeconomics, it can be used in an interdisciplinary course on Economics and U.S. Government. This unit is especially useful as a springboard for studying issues of local land use and economic development in students’ own communities.
Matildaville is now available for purchase from Social Studies School Services.