Sources for Cases and Active-Learning Materials In Economics

Print (catalogues):

Harvard Business School Catalog of Teaching Materials. Harvard Business School Publishing Division, Operations Department, Boston, MA 02163.
Telephone: 617-495-6117. Fax: 617-495-6985.

The Kennedy School Case Catalog. Case Program Sales Office, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 JF Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Telephone: 617-495-9523. Fax: 617-495-8878.

Pew Case Studies in International Affairs. Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057-1052.
Telephone: 202-687-8971. Fax: 202-687-8312.

The European Case Clearing House (American Headquarters at ECCH at Babson Ltd.), Babson College, Babson Park, MA 02157, contains a number of economics cases.

The University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario), Stanford Business School, and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia also have case catalogs.

Print (compilations):
Jose Gomez-Ibanez and Joseph Kalt: Cases in Microeconomics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1990.

Marc Lindenberg and Noel Ramirez: Managing Adjustment in Developing Countries. San Francisco, CA: ICS Press, 1989.

Michael Rukstad: Macroeconomic Decision-Making in the World Economy. Chicago, IL: Dryden Press, 1989.

Stephen C. Smith, Case Studies in Economic Development, White Plains, NY, Longman Publishing Group, 1994.

Patrick Conway's cases.

    I have two sets of cases to recommend to you.  The first set has an international economics focus:

These are all available in "pdf" files; you'll need Adobe Acrobat to read them.  They include instructor's notes.  I've used all of these with upper-division undergraduates.

    The second set is a series of cases I use with introductory undergraduates.  They form the basis of a course I teach entitled
The Economics of North Carolina.  It is focused upon seven "cases" of the North Carolina economy. Even if you aren't from this neighborhood, you may find one of the cases of use.

Resources for Economists on the Internet

This site provides a useful starting point for economists wishing to acquire data and information through the internet. There is no discussion of case studies, but a tremendous quantity of resources useful for student activity. See, especially, Teaching Resources in the menu.

World Bank Institute

This site provides a wealth of information on case method instruction, especially for those topics most germane to questions of economic development.  Some of the cases are in fact available for downloading directly from that page.

The Electronic Hallway

A collection of cases of use in public policy discussions.

European Case Clearing House

Many of these cases have a European flavor -- as if you didn't know.

The Kennedy School of Government Case Program, Harvard University.

An excellent collection of cases in economics and public policy.

Harvard Business School Publishing

The original, and unsurpassed, source for cases in business administration.

Pew Case Studies in International Affairs, Georgetown University

This collection is heavily weighted toward examples of diplomacy and negotiation, but there are some good cases for international economic questions.