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Legally Blonde
The Wizard of Oz
The Candle Makers' Petition in the Simpsons
Correlation is not Causation from Simpson and Delilah
Willingness to Pay in Swept Away
Price Elasticy of Demand and Substitutes in the Hurt Locker
Opportunity Costs in Bedazzled
A man is approached by a gorgeous woman. She claims that she is the devil; and, that she will grant him three wishes. He doesn't believe her, so she induces him to make a practice wish. For his practice wish, he wishes for a meal from McDonald's. What ensues is a funny scene. Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/>
Wall Street and Adam Smith
Price Elasticity of Demand for Elephant Services
Elasticity in Swept Away
Lisa's Substitute and Free Riding
Advertising, the Rationality Assumption and Willy Wonka
Willy Wonka creates a mania by hiding five golden tickets in his chocolate bars. The tickets will allow the bearers to enter into Willy Wonka's factory, a famously magical place. As we see, people are willing to go to great lengths in order to find the tickets. The value that the consumers assign to the tickets is highly subjective, it is mostly a matter of opinion; however, a cursory calculation of probability and expense will show that the ticket-hunters are almost certainly behaving irrationally. The costs of ticket searching (which includes buying candy bars and in one example employing candy bar openers) weighed against the probability of finding a ticket (five out of a very large number) would predict that it isn't worth it to bother trying to find a candy bar. Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/>
Bart Gets Famous and Diminishing Returns
Monopoly in Forrest Gump
Optimal Behavior in Along Came Polly
In this film, a very uptight man begins dating a very laid back woman. She gets him to lighten up in many ways. This scene is her explaining to him that his decorating might be a waste of time. Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/>
Elasticity of Demand
Market Mechanisms in Ghostbusters
Marxism
Price Discrimination in Pretty Woman
Deflation in Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath is the story about farmers who are kicked off of their land because of the Great Depression.
Accountability in the Watchmen
Marxian Exploitation of Labor
Diminishing Returns in the Nutty Professor
Diminishing Doughnuts
Is Jack Sparrow Rational?
This is the story of a group of cursed pirates who try to lift the curse and a group of regular people who become entangled with the pirates. The story is set in motion because of an ill-fitting corset. In this scene, Captain Jack Sparrow is arriving into Port Royale; however, we see that his ship is sinking. Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/>
Sources of Monopoly in Blow
My Big Fat Diffuse Local Knowledge
In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a Greek-American marries an American man. What ensues is comedy as the marriage serves as a cultural exchange. Concept by Adrian Fohr
King Sized Unintended Consequences
How to Lose a Diamond in Ten Days
Jurassic Communism
Bart's Irrational Constituents
Elasticity in Swept Away
Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/>
Tragedy of the Common Cove
Money in Stalag 17
Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/> In this clip, we see life inside a German prison during WW2. We see that the prisoners have created several different types of markets and they use cigarettes as a medium of exchange. This clip gives shows the economic activity that the prisoners engage in.
Simpsons Trade Offs
Trading Information
Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/>
Auctions of a Shopaholic
The Bourne Exchange
Bargaining in Vegas
The Bourne Trade
Collusion in the Informant!
The Legacy of Marxism
In this episode of the Simpsons, Bart and Homer go to see a band, Spinal Tap. The band is known for their making foolish comments. The band is actually a group of comedians pretending to be goofballs. Added by Adrian Fohr
Career Opportunities to Slack Off
Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/>
Economics in Rent
This is near the beginning of the movie Rent. The movie is based on a play, which in turn is based on the Opera La Boheme. The film follows several people who are living outside of the mainstream. The characters are all united in that they have trouble paying rent. Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/>
Monetary Velocity in Candy Sale
Multiplying It Forward
In this scene, Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013. <http://www.moviesforecon.com/>
Information in TiMER
In this story, a firm has develop a product which allows people to see when they will meet the person with whom they will spend the rest of their lives. A TiMER, which the company sells, counts down until the day when the bearer will meet their husband or wife to be, provided that said person also has a TiMER. *This clip does not originate from a scholarly article.
Notes on Poverty
Simpson Class Elections
New Trade Offs for Old Money
Luccasen, R. Andrew, and M. Kathleen Thomas. "Simpsonomics: Teaching Economics Using Episodes of The Simpsons." The Journal of Economic Education 41.2 (2010): 136-49. Print.
Apology for Capitalism
In this scene, Gordon Gecko is given a moment to speak to the shareholders of a firm. He is wants to convince them to sell the company to him. What follows turns out to be a fairly economically informative speech. Mateer, G. Dirk, Herman Li, and E. Frank Stephenson. Movies For Econ! G. Dirk Mateer, n.d. Web. 3 Aug. 2013.
The Disappearing Gangs of New York
Advertising in Trash of the Titans
Irrational Agents of Venice
Correlation, Causation and Homer's Promotion
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Good Intentions in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Who gets a Turboman action figure?
Ferris Bueller Takes a Day Off and Misses What is Likely His Favority Class
Vegas Vacation and the Money Supply
Economic Intuitions and Training
Coasian Bargaining In Just Go With It
The Organ Trade in Dirty, Pretty Things
A Bank Run it It's a Wonderful
A Fistful of Intererst Rates
Risk Aversion in the Darwin Awards
Nominal and Real GDP in the Simpsons
The Land of Tralala
Roger, Creative Destruction and I
Exponential Discounting in the Great Gatsby
Bureaucracy in the Simpsons
Dr. Horrible and Philanthropy
Economics in the Count of Monte Cristo
An Analogy for Price Fixing in the Royal Tenenbaums
Assassins have Unions
Changes in the Money Supply in Vegas Vacation
Effective Altruism
Unions in Gross Point Blank
Supply and Demand
You Only Move Twice
Structural Unemployment in the Simpsons