Feb 08 2012

Student Video: “Market Man vs. Asymmetric Information”

Published by at 10:33 pm under Market failure

For a recent assignment, IB year 1 students were required to make a 4-5 minute Xtranormal animation answering one of two IB questions relating to market failure:

  • Explain, using examples, how market failure may occur when one party in an economic transaction possesses more information than the other party. (10 marks)
  • Explain why inequality in the distribution of income within a nation is sometimes considered a market failure and how government policy can help reduce income inequality (10 marks)

Instead of simply answering the questions in a test or quiz, the students were asked to create a dialogue for two cartoon actors to engage in using the Xtranormal animation software.

Below is one of the more original animations that resulted. This one was created by my student Simon, whose superhero “Market Man” challenges an unethical businessman to come clean about his practice of not revealing all the information about his products ot buyers. Scroll down below the video to see the rest of the assignment instructions. Great job, Simon!

To see the rest of the student animations, visit our class’s Posterous page: ZIS Economics.

Market Man vs. Asymmetric Information
by: helmigsimon

The assignment is as follows:

  1. Create a free account on Xtranormal.com or log in using one of your other online accounts.
  2. Once logged in, click the “Create” tab.
  3. Choose one of the themes for your video. Notice, however, that you have only 300 xp (xtranormal points) to use in the production of your video, so some of the themes you cannot use for free.
  4. Once you’ve chosen a theme you can afford to make a video on, choose the question you wish to answer in your video.
  5. Think about how to best answer the question in dialogue form. It is recommended that rather than simply answering the question like you would on a written test or quiz, you have your two characters engage in a conversation about the topic. Another suggestion would be to show a simulated transaction in which the main idea of the topic is illustrated.
  6. Experiment with camera angles, expressions, gestures, sounds and so on. While your grade will be based wholly on the content of your dialogue, production quality can certainly add to the entertainment value of your video.
  7. Keep your video between 4 and 5 minutes in length. Either of the two questions should be able to be addressed in this amount of time. Be sure to preview your video before publishing, otherwise you will spend your xp points and not have enough to make changes later on.
  8.  When you have previewed the video and re happy with it, publish it to the Xtranormal site. After it has finished rendering, view your video and copy the embed code, then log into our class Posterous page (zis-economics.posterous.com) and past the embed code into the html screen of a new post. Publish your video on that page for your teacher to see. Make sure you name is included in the post.

About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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  2. Rene Requiestason 06 Sep 2012 at 8:10 am

    It sometimes amazes me how students can create amazing videos right in their own homes. It's pretty safe then to assume that at least some of these will have a bright future in such things as nyc video production.

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