Boom-and-Bust: The Texas Economy


Texas History The Civil Rights Era and Modern Industries Boom-and-Bust: The Texas Economy
Students explore the changes in the Texas economy in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, including boom-and-bust cycles. They learn about the east Texas logging boom and bust. Then they create a sequence chart showing how the boom-and-bust cycle of the oil and gas industry affected other areas of the Texas economy. Finally, they explain the advantages of a diverse economy.

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In this experience, students explore the changes in the Texas economy in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, including boom-and-bust cycles. They learn about the east Texas logging boom and bust. Then they create a sequence chart showing how the boom-and-bust cycle of the oil and gas industry affected other areas of the Texas economy. Finally, they explain the advantages of a diverse economy.

Objectives

  • Explore the causes of boom-and-bust cycles in the Texas economy.
  • Understand the impact of the 1980s oil bust on the banking and real estate businesses.
  • Identify how the Texas economy has diversified in the early twenty-first century.




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The Texas economy has gone through many boom-and-bust cycles. A boom is when a particular part of the economy, such as the oil industry, is growing quickly and there are lots of new jobs and times are good. A bust is when part of the economy shrinks and people lose their jobs and prosperity gives way to hard times. The boom-and-bust cycle can occur in many different parts of the economy—from farming to oil production, real estate, banking, or computer technology. A bust can be caused by lower demand for a certain type of product. For example, after the invention of personal computers and printers, there was a bust in the business of selling typewriters.

Objectives

  • Explore the causes of boom-and-bust cycles in the Texas economy.
  • Understand the impact of the 1980s oil bust on the banking and real estate businesses.
  • Identify how the Texas economy has diversified in the early twenty-first century.


Think of products or businesses that have gone bust because of lower demand when a new product or technology replaced an older product. Explain what you think caused the bust.

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Some possible answers include maps, which have been replaced by GPS navigation and navigation apps; music albums on CD have been replaced by streaming services such as Spotify or iTunes; VHS tapes were replaced by DVDs and streaming services.


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