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In an effort to maximize the meaningfulness to the most students by using a market simulation game in the introductory investments course, for five years, varying levels of complexity were incorporated to determine the level at which most students were comfortable participating in the game. It was determined that as the complexity reduced, students had more interest (and participation) in the game. The goal of this experiment was to find the best experience for students to enjoy the game, but be rich enough for a significant learning experience. For the introductory investments course, currencies and derivatives seemed to be too complex, while other investments made the game more competitive and fun.


Presented at the 2014 Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in Chattanooga, TN, February 13, 2014.

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