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Economics in Film and Fiction (Hardback)
  • Economics in Film and Fiction (Hardback)

Economics in Film and Fiction (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 16/01/2009
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Economics is everywhere. It's in business. It's in government. It's in our personal lives. Now, this ground-breaking textbook supplement brings this reality to the classroom. The book uses both contemporary and classic film and literature to illustrate 33 fundamental concepts in introductory economics. Designed for use in introductory economics courses, the clearly organized text brings both sides of the lectern closer together through real-life illustration of economic concepts in such favorites as Jaws, Legally Blonde, Casablanca, The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, and The Da Vinci Code. Each economic topic is described and terms are defined. A plot synopsis of a film or book sets the stage for each discussion. Using a detailed scene description, the authors then show how the scene illustrates the concept under study. Classroom discussion and assignments are facilitated through a series of questions that probe deeper.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781578869619
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 21 mm

Using movie clips and fiction passages to illustrate economic principles is a terrific idea that really livens up the classroom. This approach will work very well. -- Bradley Schiller, professor of economics at American University, author of The Macro Economy Today and The Micro Economy Today
Economics in Film and Fiction is an intriguing and original supplement for the principles course. It should help pique student interest in economics and stimulate lively class discussion. -- Anthony Patrick O'Brien, professor of economics, Lehigh University; co-author of Macroeconomics
The authors have done a good job of developing economic applications that are part of most students' upbringing and therefore more interesting to them than the standard discussions of current economic events of no immediate relevance to them. A particularly good feature of the book is that it is self-contained with all clips and passages nicely summarized. -- William Holmes, Professor of Economics at Temple University
A Chinese proverb says "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." Economics in Film and Fiction is a wonderful teaching tool because students see economic concepts practiced in a familiar context through a medium they enjoy. They will remember and understand the ideas in a deeper and more permanent way. -- Larry Singell, professor of economics at the University of Oregon

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