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Amish Paradise - Weird Al Yankovic

by Brian ORoark

In this parody of Gagster Paradise, Weird Al delves into the economics of being Amish. Topics include opportunity costs, inefficiency resulting from the failure to utilize division of labor, exchanges with the modern world, a lack of technology, and even the meaning of a Robinson Crusoe economy. We may not think much of the Amish lifestyle, but there is still lots we can learn about economics from thinking about what it would be like to live without modern conveniences. Thanks to Wayne Geerling, Karissa Gonzalez, Parth Parikh, Durrell Noel, and Vinay Dattatti of Penn State University for this submission.

Amish Paradise

This video presents the economic concepts that appear in Weird Al Yankovic's song Amish Paradise. There is lots to unpack here including, opportunity costs, inefficiency resulting from the failure to utilize division of labor, exchanges with the modern world, a lack of technology, and even the meaning of a Robinson Crusoe economy.

from Amish Paradise - Bad Hair Day (1996)
Creator: Weird Al Yankovic
Distributor: iTunes, Amazon
Posted by Brian ORoark
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