Capitalism & the Economy

100% Remote

In this program, you'll explore some of the successes and failures of our economic system. 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. Registration closes in:

Join students from around the world

June 28 - August 6

$500 for 6 weeks

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?


Week 2: Forms of Capitalism

Can capitalism take different forms? What is the role of government regulation? Are big tech companies becoming monopolies?

Creative Destruction
Free-Market Capitalism

Week 3: Capital & the Market

How does the stock market work? Is the stock market the same as the economy?

Market Cap
Stock market
Compound Interest

Week 4: Money

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
Gold Standard

Week 5: Economic Inequality

If capitalism is broken, what are the problems? Where are we headed?

Opportunity Gap
Universal Basic Income

Week 6: Moving Forward

Exploring the future of capitalism & the economy. What is innovation, and how do we think about making progress?

Green Economy
Surveillance Capitalism
"This program is a lot more interesting than school. You can think about topics in your own way, a way that works for you."

- Gavin, 11th Grader at Monument HS

"I would completely recommend it to anyone. The conversations are so deep and interesting."

- Emily, 10th Grader at Monument HS

"I feel 10x more comfortable in the edgi discussion calls than I do on the school ones."

- Elena, 9th Grader at Wahconah HS

How it works

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.


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).
How much does it cost?
Capitalism & the Economy is $500 for a 6-week program. Socials and access to Discord are free for the edgi community.
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.
Who leads the live discussion sessions?
Discussion sessions for this program are led by Josh. 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 for future squads.
Still have questions? Email our awesome program manager Dohee at

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