Who Desegregated Major League Baseball: Adam Smith or Jackie Robinson?. Minnesota Council for the Social Studies March 4, 2012 Mark C. Schug Professor Emeritus University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Overview. Problems teaching history How economic thinking might help
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Minnesota Council for the Social Studies
March 4, 2012
Mark C. Schug
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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TALKING HISTORY WITH: David McCullough; Immersed in Facts, The Better to Imagine Harry Truman's Life
By ESTHER B. FEIN
Published: August 12, 1992 New York Times
To try and understand why things turned out as they did, we apply the economic way of thinking:
1. People choose.
2. People’s choices involve costs.
3. People respond to incentives in predictable ways.
4. People create economic systemsthat influence individual choices and incentives. [“Rules of the Game”]
5. People gain when they trade voluntarily.
6. People’s choices sometimes create unintended consequences.
“haul around a good deal of empty space that is assigned to colored people and not available to both races.”