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ERIC Number: EJ877845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0485
Simpsonomics: Teaching Economics Using Episodes of "The Simpsons"
Luccasen, R. Andrew; Thomas, M. Kathleen
Journal of Economic Education, v41 n2 p136-149 2010
Undergraduate students are often interested in applications of economic principles. Although popular television shows and movies are not real-world examples, drawing from these sources can motivate disinterested students and provide a pedagogical tool that enhances instruction. In this article, the authors discuss several basic introductory economic principles that are illustrated by the television show "The Simpsons." Topics include economic reasoning, opportunity cost, incentives, comparative advantage, declining marginal benefit, elasticity, externalities, free-riding, and game theory. The authors provide discussion questions and student worksheets that instructors can use in their own classes. (Contains 1 table, 3 figures, and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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