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Teaching the Great Recession: Securitization Simulation

Classroom Simulation: Want to teach your students about the Great Recession of 2008 but not quite sure where to start? Economists are still trying to pin down just what happened, but one thing that seems clear is that securitization was a big part of it. But what is securitization and how did it play out in the Great Recession? This simulation, which takes place over a full class period, demonstrates just how securitization works and how certain securitizaion practices by banks and Wall Street contributed to the financial crisis. Along the way, students learn about banking, credit, and interest.

You can view the simulation instructions and handouts as a PDF or as a Google Doc.

Todd Miller
AP Macroeconomics Teacher

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