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The Ten Principles Of Economics, By The Stand-Up Economist…

March 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments
Econ 101 · Just For Fun

An economist walks into a bar…ouch. I kid…luckily, Yoram Bauman, aka the Stand-Up Economist, is funnier than I am. Since today is Friday and people are probably tired of serious stuff, I figured I would provide some more lighthearted material for you. The back story: Greg Mankiw is an economics professor at Harvard who has a very popular Principles of Economics textbook. This textbook begins by outlining the Ten Principles of Economics, which serve as a helpful organizing framework for the rest of the material. Dr. Bauman (yes, he actually has a Ph.D. in economics) then took the liberty of translating these ten principles to a, well, more humorous format:


If you liked that, you can find Dr. Bauman’s web site here. (You can see more clips if you sign up for his mailing list.) There is also a YouTube clip of his stand up routine.

My favorite excerpt from the stand up routine: “You might be an economist if you go to a Chinese restaurant and open the fortune cookie and add ‘at the margin’ at the end of it.” 🙂

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  • 1 Frederick // Mar 15, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Excellent humor. It makes the mundane “Einsteinish.”

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