Homer Economicus

by on April 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm in Books, Economics, Television | Permalink

The editor is Joshua Hall and the subtitle is The Simpsons and Economics.  The Amazon summary starts with this:

In Homer Economicus a cast of lively contributors takes a field trip to Springfield, where the Simpsons reveal that economics is everywhere. By exploring the hometown of television’s first family, this book provides readers with the economic tools and insights to guide them at work, at home, and at the ballot box.

Here is one Joshua Hall essay related to the book (pdf).  Here is the book’s home page.

1 Just another MR Commentor April 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

No NO they’ve destroyed the Simpsons enough just bury it

2 Ray Lopez April 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

This is like selling chocolate milk to schoolkids. Without the chocolate they will not drink milk so net-net it’s a win-win for Freakonomics type dilettantes.

3 ThomasH April 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

The examples from the pdf are not persuasive. The “Millions will be Late” scene, for example does not show the general equilibrium effects of the speed limit restriction but the direct, lives lost/time saved, trade off.

4 Patrick M April 29, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Surprised this snippet from Season 5’s “Boy-Scoutz ‘n the Hood” didn’t get mentioned:
(Homer finds $20 under the couch)
Homer: “Twenty dollars? I wanted a peanut!”
Homer’s Brain: “Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts.”
Homer: “Explain how!”
Homer’s Brain: “Money can be exchanged for goods and services”
Homer: “… Woohoo!”

5 Ali Choudhury April 29, 2014 at 4:52 pm

This seems to be another one of those pop culture irrelevancies from the same clerisy that seemed keener on trying to figure out why popcorn in movie theatres was so expensive rather than ringing the alarm bell over the financial system blowing up in 2008.

6 dan1111 April 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Everyone seems to turn a blind eye to Big Corn’s role in the financial crisis.

7 Mark Thorson April 29, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Shhh! We don’t talk about the Koch Brothers GMO popcorn vaccine fluoridation conspiracy!

8 JAO April 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I confess that I have used the Mr. Plow episode when discussing the various dimensions of competition for antitrust analysis. In this case, Barney, owner of Plow King, shoots out the tires of Homer’s Mr. Plow and exclaims: “What’s the matter? Can’t stand a little competition?” The episode also helps illustrate that there are legal and illegal ways to compete.

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