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Routledge Economics and Popular Culture Series


About the 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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Seinfeld and Economics Lessons on Everything from the Show about Nothing

Seinfeld and Economics Lessons on Everything from the Show about Nothing

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Linda S. Ghent, Alan P. Grant
September 23, 2020

As the most successful sitcom of all time, the television series Seinfeld provides a rich environment for learning basic economic principles. Chronicling the lives of four close friends—Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer—the show highlights human behavior at its best and its worst. The major ...

War Movies and Economics Lessons from Hollywood’s Adaptations of Military Conflict

War Movies and Economics Lessons from Hollywood’s Adaptations of Military Conflict

1st Edition

Laura J. Ahlstrom, Franklin G. Mixon, Jr.
June 03, 2020

War Movies and Economics: Lessons from Hollywood’s Adaptations of Military Conflict applies ongoing research in the relatively new genre of economics in popular media to Hollywood’s war movies. Whether inadvertently or purposefully, these movies provide numerous examples of how economic principles ...

The Beatles and Economics Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution

The Beatles and Economics Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution

1st Edition

Samuel R. Staley
March 24, 2020

The Beatles are considered the most influential popular music act of the twentieth century, widely recognized for their influence on popular culture. The inability of other bands and artists to imitate their fame has prompted questions such as: How did the Beatles become so successful? What factors...

Superheroes and Economics The Shadowy World of Capes, Masks and Invisible Hands

Superheroes and Economics The Shadowy World of Capes, Masks and Invisible Hands

1st Edition

Brian O'Roark, Rob Salkowitz
July 23, 2018

At first sight, superheroes and economics seem to occupy completely different dimensions – but a clash of dimensions is a classic comic book storyline! In this first-of-its kind book, an economist and a business writer assemble an A-team of academic talent to explore the intersection of superhero ...

Contemporary Film and Economics Lights! Camera! Econ!

Contemporary Film and Economics Lights! Camera! Econ!

1st Edition

Samuel R. Staley
June 28, 2018

What does the movie Lion tell us about why some societies grow rich and others remain poor? What can the global box office juggernaut, Jurassic World tell us about entrepreneurs and the ethics of business? Can the movie Passengers give us insight into human motivation and decision making? This book...

Broadway and Economics Economic Lessons from Show Tunes

Broadway and Economics Economic Lessons from Show Tunes

1st Edition

Matthew C. Rousu
June 21, 2018

Economics has often been described as "the dismal science," with TV and movies reinforcing this description. However, economics is a powerful tool that can be used to understand how the world works, helping to answer confusing puzzles and solve the world’s problems. Surprisingly, Broadway musicals ...

Dystopia and Economics A Guide to Surviving Everything from the Apocalypse to Zombies

Dystopia and Economics A Guide to Surviving Everything from the Apocalypse to Zombies

1st Edition

Charity-Joy Revere Acchiardo, Michelle Albert Vachris
March 14, 2018

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 ...

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