Is Capitalism Good for the Poor?

The lesson plans and student activities in Is Capitalism Good for the Poor? (CAP) have been carefully designed and written by distinguished economists, including a Nobel Laureate, award winning curriculum writers, and classroom teachers to engage students in discussions and study of some of the most important economic issues of our time. The title question is intentionally provocative to stir interest and thought, and the answer—yes or no—depends on the particular features of a nation’s institutions and how we measure and perceive poverty. Poverty, capitalism, economic growth, income distribution, markets, property rights, rule of law, and moral values are among the many topics addressed.

CAP Lessons

Lessons may be viewed and printed as web pages or downloaded from the links below. Lessons are designed to stand alone, or to be used together as the framework for a unit on capitalism and poverty in the developing world. Applicable economics content standards are identified. All FTE materials may be freely copied and edited for classroom use.

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