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 mythology and economic theory in ten accessible chapters.
Superheroes and Economics uncovers basic economic truths that are integral to the comic stories from some of the genres most famous names. The authors of the chapters look at ways that economic principles can add authenticity to imagined universes, and how familiar superhero stories can demonstrate concepts used by economists to forecast the behavior of markets and individuals. If Spider-Man is so smart, why isn’t he rich? What are the economic implications of a tech entrepreneur like Tony Stark actually inventing Iron Man armor? What does the 80-year career of Wonder Woman tell us about the evolving role of women in the workplace?
This unique book extends the scope of comics studies to encompass social sciences. It offers a great way to introduce both fans and students to topics like opportunity cost, growth, inflation, and cost benefit analysis, as well as more advanced concepts like moral hazard, utility functions and economic growth. This text can be used to supplement economics courses using colorful examples that any pop culture fan can relate to.
Dedication, Contributors, Preface. 1 Economic Realism in the Worlds of Alan Moore, Rob Salkowitz. 2 The High Cost of Being Batman, Clair Smith. 3 Wonder Woman: Feminist and Economic Icon, James Bryan. 4 Poor Peter Parker: Spider Sense Doesn't Apply to Making a Living, Patrick Holt. 5 From Weakling to Superhero: The Economics of Captain America, John Robinson and William C. Wood. 6 The Political Economy of Black Panther’s Wakanda, Bob Subrick. 7 Truth, Justice and the Economic Way, Brian O’Roark. 8 From the Comic Book to the Real World: The Principal-Agent Problem and Moral Hazards When Iron Man Flies Over Your Backyard, Deborah Kozdras & Antoinette Criss. 9 The Shadow v. Batman: Contrasting Approaches to "Producing" Justice, John Swinton. 10 The Avengers vs. The Incredible (But Unpredictable) Hulk, Amanda Mandzik. Index
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.
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