Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues

03-25-2023 8:30 AM - 03-25-2023 3:30 PM

The University of Arizona Office of Economic Education and Arizona Council on Economic Education are proud to host Dr. Jamie Wagner, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Mr. Matt Pierson, teacher at Bryan High School in Omaha, NE to introduce Arizona teachers to the new curriculum titled "Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues."

Today's students are interested in justice and equitable treatment. But what does that mean and how can we talk about it in the classroom? Economists operate within an ethical framework when they evaluate outcomes, public issues, or make decisions. The workshop will demonstrate to all participants a selection of lessons from a new curriculum designed to help instructors address difficult topics at the intersection of ethics and economics.

The curriculum contains 15 independent lessons at no cost and is available via the internet (links will be given to all participants). Lesson topics include: What is economic justice? What do we do about the homeless? Do businesses have a social responsibility? Should private companies operate prisons? and SO MUCH MORE.

The presenters will discuss the entire curriculum project and demo select lessons that you can immediately take back to your classroom. Each lesson is active, thought-provoking, and requires students to think about how ethics is a valuable and necessary tool to think like an economist.

You will receive:

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Travel stipends for AZ participants traveling more than 70 miles round trip (70 – 125 miles: $20, 126-199 miles: $40, 200 - 299 miles: $60, 300 - 399  miles: $80, and 400 or more miles: $100)
  • Prizes
  • 7 hours of professional development credit
  • Resources and curriculum to bring back to your classroom.


Dr. Jamie Wagner and Matt Pierson
Venue Name
Mesa Community College - Library Room LB145
Venue Address
1833 West Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85202