Paper 1 Part B essay on Behavioral Economics and sample response!

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Here is a sample 15-mark question related to topics from behavioral economics (specifically: rational consumer choice), along with a sample essay response to the question!

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How to respond to a paper 1 part a essay question in the new IB Economics syllabus?

The paper 1 part a essay for the new IB Economics syllabus (first exams 2022) is not that different from the old syllabus.

The only difference in the 10-mark essay question in paper 1 is less of an emphasis on real-world examples. Also, students can now spend up to 30 mins on the essay, as opposed to about 20 mins in the old syllabus.

Focus is given to understanding the specific demands of the question, as well as effectively explaining relevant economic theory and drawing/fully explaining a relevant diagram.

Because of that, I teach my students a DEDU framework (which contrasts with the old DEED framework).

Here’s my video explaining how I teach my students to structure their essay:

Paper 1 Part A Practice Question – The Production Possibilities Curve (PPC)

I have decided I’m going to build a series of practice questions for the extended response-type questions in the new IB Economics syllabus: paper 1 parts a and b, paper 2 part g, and paper 3 part b!

So here’s my first attempt! It’s from the first unit, the foundations of economics unit, and it’s about the Production Possibilities Curve!

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Sentence starters to help with IB Econ Essays?

I prepared this PDF to help my students think about how to actually write paragraphs for DEED in part A essays and DEED + CLASPP in part B essays for Paper 1.

The PDF consists of sentence starters for each paragraph, and many of my ESL students have found it very helpful as they struggle to find the words to begin writing their essays!

I hope you find it useful too, you can download it here: