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Instruction Delivery and Program Content




The Economics for Leaders Virtual program is a synchronous online course, wherein lectures and activities are delivered “live”. Economics professors and leadership instructors will provide content instruction through Zoom and economics simulations/activities will be facilitated using Zoom breakout rooms and other learning applications like MobLab and Pear Deck.

All course communications, materials, assignments, resources, and Zoom meeting links will be organized in Canvas, our learning management system.

All lectures and activities will be moderated by additional instructors to ensure students can interact with both their instructors and their peers.


Students should plan to spend approximately five hours per day, Monday – Friday participating in class and completing homework assignments. Each day the program consists of 4 sessions with a 40 minute lunch break in the middle. See sample schedule.

Students pursuing the optional college credit for this program can expect to spend an additional 8-10 hours on the assigned text readings and assessment. 


  • Required: Laptop/Computer with web camera
  • Required: Additional Mobile Device (phone/tablet)
  • Text (ONLY for students pursuing optional college credit): The Economics of Public Issues 20th ed by Miller, Benjamin and North


  • Canvas (Learning Management System)
  • Zoom (Web Conferencing)
  • Google Docs
  • MobLab
  • Pear Deck
  • Kahoot!

Economics Instruction

  • Simulations are used to provide experiential learning opportunities and demonstrate the reliability of theoretical concepts 
  • Outstanding economics instructors foster critical thinking about difficult social problems
  • Examination of current national and international issues promotes discussion
  • 10 Topics taught in the context of 5 Economic Reasoning Propositions (ERPs):
    • Economic Growth and Scarcity
    • Opportunity Cost
    • Open Markets
    • Markets in Action
    • Labor Markets
    • Incentives, Innovation and the Role of Institutions
    • Property Rights
    • Government
    • Money & Inflation
    • International Markets

Leadership Instruction

  • Leadership Topics are taught in the context of the Leadership Pyramid Matrix used in university leadership courses 
  • Goal is to improve participants ability to work and lead teams and to connect responsible leadership and the economic way of thinking

Elements of the Leadership Pyramid Matrix presented: 

  • Personal Leadership Domain: Preparing and projecting who you are
  • Relational Leadership  Domain: Demonstrating concern and understanding
  • Contextual Leadership Domain: Clarifying who we are and how we work together