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Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics Paperback – May 14, 2014
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He collected 16, covering "The Economic Way of Thinking," "Money, Markets, and Government," and "Applied Microeconomics." Each appreciates The Simpsons and the result is a very enjoyable read.
"The invisible hand, as well as the four-fingered invisible "yellow" hands of the Simpsons, applies to more than what people usually consider to be the narrow scope of economic activity."
"Unfortunately for Homer, he won’t be creating new money any time soon. For that matter , he won't be multiplying existing money either. Homer finds himself in the same situation as Bart in "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." That episode begins with Bart writing over and over again on the chalkboard that he is not an FDIC-insured bank. D'oh!"
Economics is one area where one is not too surprised to find 16 academics who are sympathetic to liberty and distrustful of government and central planning. Where the discussion wends its way into politics. the distrustful will be sympathetic to the arguments.Read more ›
Once the basics are established, the book progresses to more advanced topics. There are high-quality chapters on public choice theory, behavioral economics, and other subfields. But if the non-economist reader absorbs the earlier lessons--and even if not, in many cases, so accommodating are the authors--that what once seemed arcane technical gibberish comes alive in easy-to-understand examples from the show.
Homer Economicus would make a wonderful teaching tool for high school and undergraduate economics courses; teachers take note. It is also a good read for anyone who is a fan of the show, whether layman or professional economist. Bravo.
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This is a book that should be an inter-active eBook. The examples are great, but would be much, much more effective if clips of the original cartoons were included.Published 18 months ago by Richard P. Green II
This book was disappointing to the extreme. I finally finished it, and guess I'm glad I did because it does get better towards the end. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Econ Professor
This is a decent supplement to understanding microeconomic principles, but don't rely on it as your only explanation of economics. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Vasyl Markus