Search Resources

A conversation with Aaron Gerrick, Director of Marketing, Marginal Revolution University


So tell us, what’s new?
Artificial Intelligence! It’s too soon to tell exactly what effects AI will have on society, but whatever those effects are, today’s students will be dealing with them for the rest of their lives. So we developed a new series of free lesson plans to help students learn how to use AI tools while they plan their future careers.

What’s the impact this has had/or you hope it will have on moving financial literacy forward?
AI flips on its head the way we usually think about using computers. It’s good for creative exploration with language; it’s not as good with numbers and facts. So our AI lesson plans help students learn how to use AI where it’s most useful–generating scenarios and
iterating on ideas about their possible futures. But students also learn how to use hard numbers to do their own quantitative analysis of education and career options using government data on college costs, job opportunities, and pay. (That probably sounds awfully hard-core. Don’t worry, we also include lots of videos, class games, and other activities to keep students engaged.)

By making these lesson plans free (like all of our content and training!), we hope to democratize financial literacy–to help everyone, everywhere get a world-class personal finance and economics education.

How do we learn more?
Educators and organizations can access our free AI lesson plans in the Jump$tart Clearinghouse. And ALL of our content on personal finance and economics is always free at

What else are you working on?
We’re always working on more free lesson plans,

We also have a busy schedule of free training webinars for teachers this spring–including sessions on
Artificial Intelligence
Globalization and Trade
Classroom Games

Tell us more about your organization
Founded in 2012 by economists Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, and featuring instructors like 2021 Nobel Laureate Josh Angrist, the goal of Marginal Revolution University is to give everyone, everywhere free access to a world-class financial and economic education. MRU is a nonprofit project housed at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

We help econ and personal finance teachers by providing them with easy-to-use, no-cost teaching resources (lesson plans, videos, news articles, interactive practice, etc.) that apply cognitive science to boost learning outcomes.