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The Politics of International Aid

A visit with Simone Dietrich, Assistant Professor, Political Science

By Spencer Melgren
Published: - Topics: Political Science International Aid Foreign Aid politics economics

The Life Cycle of a T-Shirt: Undergraduate Lessons in Politics and Economics

Topics: Political Science International Aid

In this video Dr. Dietrich describes a popular lesson she teaches to undergraduate students that traces the global life-cycle of a cotton t-shirt. Through examining this simple item—from production, to initial purchase, and to eventual reuse—Dr. Dietrich is able to show her students how politics interact with economics, how comparative advantage impacts international trade, and how charity can have unintended consequences.