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Your Obedient Servant

by Matthew Rousu

The letter-writing banter between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in "Your Obedient Servant" showcases the economic concepts of opportunity cost and trade-offs. For example, Hamilton could apologize and thus get out of the duel situation - but he views this route as dishonorable. The alternative is for Hamilton to defend his honor and fight in the duel against Burr... So either way, Hamilton faces a significant opportunity cost in his decision-making.

Your Obedient Servant

Prior to facing off in a duel, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton correspond via letter-writing and express their emotions towards one another.

from Hamilton (2015)
Creator: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Posted by Matthew Rousu