An Intro to Keynes’s The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

How quickly can an economy recover from a shock? John Maynard Keynes challenges the classical economist view of a self-correcting economy with his 1936 work, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. A short view features the highlights of Keynes's connection between aggregate demand and employment levels, and how a sudden dip in the economy requires additional intervention to right itself due to these factors.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners research historical examples of Keynes's theory in 20th and 21st century economic crises
  • Assign the video for homework the night before a discussion about aggregate demand
Classroom Considerations

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Pros

  • An excellent contribution to a discussion on supply and demand in the context of the workforce
  • Uses animation to explore a complex theory in an understandable way
Cons

  • None