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Dystopia and Economics

A Guide to Surviving Everything from the Apocalypse to Zombies, 1st Edition

Edited by Charity-Joy Revere Acchiardo, Michelle Albert Vachris


82 pages

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Government collapsing? Zombies hunting you down? Everyone you know killed by a global epidemic? Not to worry! Economics holds the keys to survival. Often known as "the dismal science", it is particularly equipped to reveal order in what seems like chaos.

Economists observe human behaviour: what leads us to take action, and the subsequent consequences. However, the choices made by individuals are not made in isolation; they influence and are influenced by the actions of others. A set of rules, even if unwritten, guides human behaviour. Foundational economic principles stand firmly in place, even when society is breaking down, and an understanding of these basic tenets of societies is essential to surviving the end of the world as we know it.

In this book, the authors draw from popular culture to show economic principles at work in the dystopian societies depicted in The Walking Dead, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hunger Games, Divergent, A Clockwork Orange, and Last Man on Earth. In each society, its members face resource and social constraints that incentivize particular behaviours and lead to predictable outcomes. How does human behaviour change when resources are severely limited, the legal system breaks down, or individual freedom is stifled? The examples presented here shed an eerie light on the principles that guide our actions every day.

Dystopia and Economics: A Guide to Surviving Everything from the Apocalypse to Zombies provides a user-friendly introduction to economicssuitable for a general audience as well as devoted students ofthe discipline.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors, Preface, Acknowledgements, Chapter 1. The Walking Econ: Learning Economics from The Walking Dead,Chapter 2. Never a Lovely Day: the Wretched Economics of Mad Max: Fury Road,Chapter 3. The Odds are Never in Your Favor: Preventing Economic Growth in The Hunger Games,Chapter 4. The Divergent Economics of Factions and Governing, Chapter 5. Choice, Liberty and Repression in A Clockwork Orange,Chapter 6. Last Man Rules!

About the Editors

Charity-Joy Revere Acchiardo is a Lecturer of Economics at the University of Arizona. She is a frequent speaker at teaching workshops across North America and Europe where she shares tips for making economics come alive for students. Her research has been published in leading economic education journals and she serves on the advisory board for the Journal of Economics Teaching.

Michelle Albert Vachris is Professor of Management, Business, and Economics at Virginia Wesleyan University. Before arriving at VWU she taught economics at Christopher Newport University where she holds the rank of Professor Emerita and worked as an economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Her publications include articles and book chapters on Public Choice economics, teaching pedagogy and economics in literature.

About the Series

Routledge Economics and Popular Culture Series

Ever wondered how the key concepts of central banking can be explained through the songs from Hamilton?

Or what you can learn about entrepreneurs and the role of ethics in business from Jurassic World?

Or what the 80-year career of Wonder Woman can teach us about the evolving role of women in the workplace?

These questions, and many more, are answered in the Routledge Economics and Popular Culture series. Each book in this series demonstrates that blockbuster franchises, smash hits on Broadway, comic book creations, and bestselling novels, all provide perfect examples of key economic ideas and principles in practice. Written in a clear and concise style, and assuming no previous background in economics, these books demonstrate that the ‘dismal science’ can be a lot more fun than you might think.

Proposals for new books in the series can be sent to the Routledge editor: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General