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Let's Chat About Economics connects adults and children through four familiar stories and illustrated graphs. Kids can learn to think economically and apply the lessons to make everyday choices that serve their best interests. Banking professionals promoting financial literacy, teachers supporting or augmenting curriculum, and families connecting in new ways are using the book to empower children's decision making. Children are economists - it's time to chat about it!

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Let's Chat About Economics - Book Overview

  1. 1. Thank you for joining me to learn more about the book’s impact and to hear our ideas to expand the economic “chat” for parents, teachers and children. Michelle Balconi
  2. 2. The Author Michelle Balconi Michelle is a writer and speaker focused on creating connections between children and adults through economics. A mother of two children, Michelle previously worked in communications for 15 years alongside technology investors introducing first-to-market products.
  3. 3. The Expert Dr. Arthur Laffer Dr. Laffer, well known for his illustration of the curve bearing his name, is founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research firm focusing on interconnecting macroeconomic, political and demographic changes. Dr. Laffer was a member of President Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board. In addition to writing and speaking about economics, Dr. Laffer enjoys spending as much time as possible with his great grandchild and 11 grandchildren on their family farm.
  4. 4. The Illustrator Mary Kinsora Mary is a children's book illustrator working in Detroit and Chicago. She is a graduate of the College for Creative Studies, licenses her artwork to consumer businesses and has recently co- founded Snail’s Tales media company. Mary is particularly interested in stories that are imaginative but help to educate and enrich children.
  5. 5. The Idea Economics is the study of choices we make to be happy and children do this all day. Our book shows kids ages 6 - 12 how to think economically about themselves and the world around them.
  6. 6. The Book Familiar Settings Conversation StartersActual Terms Scarcity Supply Demand Wants Needs Savings Diminishing Returns Opportunity Costs Taxes
  7. 7. The Why You are a unique and scarce resource with tremendous value - make choices that serve you!
  8. 8. The Benefit Empowering children’s decision making
  9. 9. The How Make it a Chat Real-world Connections
  10. 10. Grocery Store Scarcity Supply Demand Wants Needs Costs Wages Taxes Market Economy
  11. 11. Family Trip Costs Trade-offs Choice Diminishing Returns Opportunity Costs
  12. 12. Summertime Wants Needs Spending Saving Incentive Disincentive Taxes
  13. 13. Yard Sale Choices Costs Price Elastic Inelastic
  14. 14. The Outreach Frequently works with children and educators in schools, foster care and community programs teaching economic principles as it aligns with or augments curriculum. Leads presentations for investment professionals and their clients promoting economics as a tool to strengthen decision making as part of customer service, financial literacy and community outreach programs.
  15. 15. The Schools
  16. 16. The Banking Industry
  17. 17. The News Prove Gruber wrong; teach kids economics By Nolan Finley Detroit News Hear It Read It How Kids Can Learn Economics with a Legend By Kimberly Palmer, U.S. News & World Report
  18. 18. The Impact You are a unique and scarce resource with tremendous value - make choices that serve you!
  19. 19. Join Us! Start chatting about economics today! For speaking presentations and group order pricing, please email michelle@letschataboutecon.com www.letschataboutecon.com $16.99 hardcover, $12.99 paperback, $6.99 Kindle

Let's Chat About Economics connects adults and children through four familiar stories and illustrated graphs. Kids can learn to think economically and apply the lessons to make everyday choices that serve their best interests. Banking professionals promoting financial literacy, teachers supporting or augmenting curriculum, and families connecting in new ways are using the book to empower children's decision making. Children are economists - it's time to chat about it!

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