Homer Economicus: <i>The Simpsons</i> and Economics

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Joshua Hall
Stanford University Press, May 14, 2014 - Business & Economics - 255 pages
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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.

Since The Simpsons centers on the daily lives of the Simpson family and its colorful neighbors, three opening chapters focus on individual behavior and decision-making, introducing readers to the economic way of thinking about the world. Part II guides readers through six chapters on money, markets, and government. A third and final section discusses timely topics in applied microeconomics, including immigration, gambling, and health care as seen in The Simpsons. Reinforcing the nuts and bolts laid out in any principles text in an entertaining and culturally relevant way, this book is an excellent teaching resource that will also be at home on the bookshelf of an avid reader of pop economics.

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User Review  - Michelle Lam - Goodreads

Rather than an introduction to economics, this is a book for illuminating instructors who wish to teach economics using examples from The Simpsons. Read full review

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User Review  - Anthony Faber - Goodreads

Mostly free market true believers here. This may reflect the actual demographics of economists but I was skeptical of some of their assertions. They were also too dogmatically sure about it. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Joshua C. Hall is Associate Professor of Economics at West Virginia University. Formerly an Economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, he is a co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World reports and author of over 50 articles in journals. Hall has taught principles of microeconomics throughout his career.

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