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Pixar Animation Studios has produced many beloved films with economic content that are remembered fondly by most K-12 students. We hope that instructors in the K-12 space will choose to implement some of these lessons to add additional relevance to their courses. The nine lesson plans are from the following Pixar films: A Bug’s Life; For the Birds; Incredibles 2; Inside Out; Monsters, Inc.; One Man Band; Toy Story 3; UP; and WALL-E. The lessons are on topics as varied as externalities, labor markets, specialization, time preferences, production possibilities curves, subjective value, and monopsony.

Charity-Joy Acchiardo, Deirdre Calhoun, Megan Kirts, and G. Dirk Mateer


Acchiardo, C., Calhoun, D., Kirts, M., & Mateer, G. D. (2021). A Pixar Is Worth a Thousand Words. Journal of Economics Teaching, 6(1), 1-23. DOI: 10.58311/jeconteach/6524c294d10d8c9da591367b98b896ec582991b7