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
Who Desegregated Major League Baseball: Adam Smith or Jackie Robinson?
Minnesota Council for the Social Studies
March 4, 2012
Mark C. Schug
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Problems Teaching History
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How Economic Thinking Might Help
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
Introduction to the Economic Way of Thinking
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.
Who Desegregated Major League Baseball: Jackie Robinson or Adam Smith?
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