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Teaching activity

Contestability Panto!

Penny Brooks

15th December 2017

Oh no it isn't!

But yes, it is. Just in case you are finishing the term by teaching Contestable Markets, and would like a creative activity for your students before you get stuck into the Present Drop Challenge, here is a very tongue-in-cheek version of the Cinderella story - it is an adaptation of and Economics Pantomime that was presented in a Tutor2u Wow Economics! suite of resource ideas a couple of years ago. 

The idea is for students to propose three methods of government intervention that could be used to make a market more contestable. The scenario involves Cinders wanting to set up her own coffee shop in order to escape the clutches of her wicked stepmother and ugly sisters, and the intervention that Buttons and her Fairy Godmother can make to help her. Students can propose the intervention, evaluate the conditions that will make that intervention successful, and, if they (and their teacher!) are up for it, write a script for the panto. I am looking forward to seeing a couple of panto's acted out in my final economics lessons. Hopefully, this will end with the students remembering the conditions for a contestable market, and all living happily ever after!

Penny Brooks

Formerly Head of Business and Economics and now Economics teacher, Business and Economics blogger and presenter for Tutor2u, and private tutor

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