Homer Economicus

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.


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

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.

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.

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!"

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.

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

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

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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