Introduce correlation vs causation using this music video from Brothers Osborne. In the story, the singer describes a bunch of events from a previous night of drinking, but reiterates that it wasn’t his fault. While his presence was correlated with a bunch of events, he insists he didn’t cause those events. He then goes on… Continue Reading →
Aaron Tippin sings about the hard working lifestyle of a blue-collar worker who works 8 hours per day. While others may have more money than he does, he did it the way he felt was right by not selling his values. If you love country music and economics, check out EconGoneCountry.com
I start every semester off using this as my last pre-class song. This Rolling Stones song is great for the opening chapter of most books that focus on “what is economics.”
When I get to the chapter on sunk costs, I always play this music video before class starts. I typically use relationships in the behavioral portion of the class because most students can relate to the idea of sunk costs in terms of old relationships.
If you had a million dollars, what would you buy? A bunch of normal goods most likely or you may decrease the number of inferior goods. Ask you students to list off the things they would do with a million dollars and then have them identify whether the things they would change are normal or… Continue Reading →
Jane decides to help Tarzan increase is human capital by learning some new “human” skills. After learning these various skills, Tarzan should be much more productive. Thanks for the clip recommendation Courtney Conrad!
Johnny Cash works out how he was able to build an entire car during his time at the assembly plant because he would steal the parts one piece at a time. He had a bit of trouble when it was time to register the car with the state because it came from so many different… Continue Reading →
Time to teach normal goods? Based on Biggy’s hit song Mo Money Mo Problems, problems seem to be a normal good.
Dee-1 has a big announcement for his fans, he’s finally paying Sallie Mae (his student loans) back. This is my favorite video to play before we start discussing human capital markets because student loan providers are viewed as evil, but they are filling a role in the market that traditional lenders aren’t willing to service.