It never fails. Two great discussion starters fall right in your lap right when the semester is almost over!
A couple of days ago we posted a cool piece from Seth Godin about what economists might think of the practice of putting up Christmas Lights that at least one instructor I know was going to use in his class.
Then there was an opinion piece in the NY Times about the market for Kidneys Always a great debate starter about markets, scarcity and incentives
But here is one that will really get your class talking, and give you a foothold to explore the concept of the 'free rider'. Firefighters watch as a House Burns Down because the owners did not pony up the $75 yearly fee for fire protection. Thanks to Alan Grant at Baker University for the tip on this one. I wonder what the implication would be if their house caught fire because of Christmas lights?
What are your favorite discussion starters?