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International Political Economy

International Trade Game

This game has students play in teams as countries that must trade their products (cut out shapes) on an international commodity market. The 'rich' countries get all the tools to make the shapes, while the 'poor' countries get the raw materials, but no tools. There are several middle-income countries. With little direction from the instructor, students learn to start trading with each other and to handle a commodity market run by supply and demand. Available for free.

Inside the Haiti Earthquake

Inside the Haiti Earthquake is a first-person role playing simulation based on documentary footage from Haiti and real-life decision scenarios. What decisions would you make as an earthquake survivor, aid worker, or journalist in Haiti after the earthquake?


From the website: PAXsims is devoted to the discussion of conflict simulations and serious games that address issues of security, development, and peacebuilding for educational, training, and policy purposes.

Articles, Books, and Conference Papers

Amoore, Louise, and Paul Langley. 2001. “Experiencing Globalization: Active Teaching and Learning in International Political Economy.” International Studies Perspectives 2(1): 15-32. Abstract

Ansoms, An and Sara Geenen. 2012. “Simulating Poverty and Inequality Dynamics in Developing Countries.” Simulation and Gaming 43(6): 713-728. Abstract

Ansoms, An and Sara Geenen. 2012. “Development Monopoly: A Simulation Game on Poverty and Inequality.” Simulation and Gaming 43(6): 853-862. Abstract

Boyer, Mark A., Peter Trumbore and David O. Fricke. 2006. “Teaching Theories of International Political Economy from the Pit: A Simple In-Class Simulation.” International Studies Perspectives 7(1): 67-76. Abstract

Krain, Matthew, and Christina J. Shadle. 2006. "Starving for Knowledge: An Active Learning Approach to Teaching About World Hunger." International Studies Perspectives 7(1): 51-66. Abstract

Lowry, Pamela E. 1999. “Model GATT: A Role-Playing Simulation Courses.” The Journal of Economic Education 30(2): 119-26. Abstract 

Pallister, Kevin. 2015. “Teaching Globalization and Development through a Simulation.” PS: Political Science & Politics 48(2): 364-67. Abstract

Steagall, Jeffrey W., Timothy E. Jares and Andres Gallo. 2012. “Teaching Real-World Political Economy: Simulating a WTO Negotiation.” Journal of Teaching in International Business 23(1): 46-58. Abstract

Switky, Bob and W. Aviles. 2007. “Simulating the Free Trade Area of the Americas.” PS: Political Science and Politics 40(2): 399-405

Thomas, G. Dale. 2002. “The Isle of Ted Simulation: Teaching Collective Action in International Relations and Organization.” PS: Political Science & Politics 35(3): 555-559. Abstract