Listener Questions: Consumption & A New Curriculum : Planet Money Today we answer listener questions: why is so much consumption necessary for a healthy economy (or as our listener put it — why do we have to buy so much crap for the economy to be healthy?). Plus, what are some good economic resources for teenagers?
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Listener Questions: Consumption & A New Curriculum

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Listener Questions: Consumption & A New Curriculum

Listener Questions: Consumption & A New Curriculum

Listener Questions: Consumption & A New Curriculum

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Shoppers carry their bags along Oxford Street on December 20, 2018 in London, England.
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While the business world and the economy tend to slow down in the summertime, our flow of listener email does not! Our inbox is full of story ideas, reactions, feedback, praise (and criticism!) and so many questions. We read them all, but we have to pick and choose which ones to answer on the show.

Today we answer questions that we felt may be on a lot of people's minds--especially when cleaning out the garage for a summer yard sale or for figuring out what to do read or listen to during your own summer slowdown: why is buying a lot of stuff good for the economy; and what suggestions do we have for a high school economics teacher?

Thank you for all of your questions! And please keep throwing them our way.

Here are links to resources we mention in the episode: comic books and an online econ book

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