1st Edition

Parks and Recreation and Economics

By Jadrian Wooten Copyright 2021
    120 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    120 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides an in-depth look at the primary foundations of economics explored through the lens of the Pawnee Department of Parks and Recreation. Each episode of the hit television series, Parks and Recreation, includes material to help an eager learner understand the basics of one of the most fascinating fields of study.

    Whether you’ve wondered how economists determine specialization or why fast-food restaurants continue to pop up around your neighborhood, the same situations have occurred in Pawnee. Each chapter highlights key scenes or major episodes that demonstrate how the characters experience economics in exactly the same way the rest of us do. This text primarily builds on the debates that take place between Leslie, Ron, and their co-workers, while also exploring key questions such as whether governments should try to help people through direct intervention or sell off all the swings to private corporations and let businesses handle day-to-day decisions. Learn how incentives can make Jerry appear to be a more productive employee short-term, but end up causing chaos. Do you wonder what it would be like to live in the early 1800s? Thankfully Leslie has already done that for us.

    This book is a must-read for anyone looking for a fun way to learn the principles of economics, including as a supplementary text, and for all fans of Parks and Recreation. Take the advice of Tom and Donna and treat yo’ self to this key read.


    1 Principles of economic analysis

    2 Comparative advantage and trade

    3 Demand and supply

    4 Economic efficiency

    5 Government intervention

    6 Production and costs

    7 Market structures

    8 Labor markets

    9 Externalities and types of goods

    10 Game theory and behavioral economics

    11 Money

    12 Economic growth

    13 Inequality

    14 Public choice



    Jadrian Wooten is an Associate Teaching Professor of Economics at The Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is involved in developing teaching resources for university and high school instructors and is best known for his work on the integration of media into the economics curriculum.