Settlers of Catan Economic Analysis
Unit 1: "Connecting Themes in Economics"

Directions: Using the chunk paragraph format, describe how each of the four themes of Economics played out in your Settlers of Catan game. Make sure you include concrete details and commentary in your answers.

TRADE- Describe how trade was an integral part of Settlers game. Give a specific example of a trade in the game and analyze why that trade happened and how effective it was.

In the game of Catan, getting resources you needed was nearly impossible without trade. For example, Meta traded me any two resources of my choice for wood or brick. Brick was scarce throughout the game and I was placed between a brick and wood resource. Meta needed brick and wood to build the longest road, and I needed more resources for development cards. Trade helps connect players and grow their territory through giving resources to build cities,roads and armies, in order to win the game,trade is necessary.

INCENTIVES- Describe and analyze a use of incentives from your Settlers game. Was the incentive(s) positive or negative?
If players want to trade effectively and the game to go quickly they must use incentives. For this reason, I incentivized Zadiah to move the robber onto Meta's resource. I was usually the only person with brick due to the robber being on the other brick hexagon. I promised Zadiah 2 bricks, which is incentivizing. Incentives help the progression of the game by use of tactics.

INTERDEPENDENCY- Explain how your Settlers game represented interdependency? Give an example of how another player's actions affected your own.
Interdependency in the Catan game means a mutual support. For instance, there was a scarcity of bricks, but I always had plenty and Meta was beginning to build a road. Zadiah had the longest road card and was afraid Meta would take it. So Zadiah came to an agreement that I would trade brick only with her for exchange of any card I wanted. Meta was able to move the robber off of her brick resource through an agreement with Riley for wood resources. Interdependency plays a role in relationships throughout the game.