Capitalism & the Economy

100% Remote

In this program, you'll explore some of the successes and failures of modern capitalism. You’ll debate the social and ethical implications of rising income inequality, learn about the stock market and cryptocurrencies, and explore what money really means in the 21st century.

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Starts fall 2021

4 weeks long

Grades 9 - 12

Need help with the program fee? Contact us for a needs-based scholarship.

Program Breakdown

Weekly topics and terms you'll know by the end of the program

Week 1: Economic Systems

What’s the difference between socialism, capitalism, and communism? Can capitalism take different forms? What is the role of government regulation?


Week 2: Capital & the Market

How does the stock market work? Is the stock market the same as the economy? Are big tech companies becoming monopolies?

Market Cap
Stock market
Compound Interest

Week 3: Money & Economic Inequality

What is the value of money and how does the economy work? What would happen if we all stopped believing in the value of the dollar?

National Debt

Week 4: Moving Forward

Exploring the future of capitalism & the economy. If capitalism is broken, what are the problems? Where are we headed? What is innovation, and how do we think about making progress?

Green Economy
Surveillance Capitalism
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Meet your program creator

Josh Shapiro, edgi co-founder and NYU professor

Josh teaches several courses on creativity, technology, and the future of work at New York University.  Josh previously worked on the digital staff for Andrew Yang's presidential campaign.


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What's the time commitment?
You'll meet with your squad for hour-long discussions 2x/wk - prep work takes less than an hour each week. Social events are optional (but lots of fun).
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Is this program for me?
Maybe! If you're a high school student in grade 9-12, then yes - this program is for you. If you have any questions, reach out to our program manager Dohee.
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Can I get academic credit?
Sure, it's possible! Talk to your guidance counselor to see if an edgi program could count towards your graduation requirements. We've seen students get independent study and elective credits.
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Who leads the live discussion sessions?
Except for pilot programs (which are creator-led), edgi discussion sessions are led by students. Once you've taken an edgi program you may be invited to participate in our discussion leader training program, where you'll learn content on a deeper level and practice facilitating discussions. Select students from our training program are then chosen to become paid discussion leaders.
Still have questions? Email our awesome program manager Dohee