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EconomiCon: If Economics Were Like Comic Books…

August 3rd, 2010 · 4 Comments
Just For Fun

Reader Thea points me to an article that explains what the world would be like if economics were like comics:

I got to spend three full days at Economicon 2010 and all I can say is, “Wow!” From the moment I arrived I was overwhelmed with the sights and sounds as Economics fans from around the globe showed up, ready to play. This thing has really grown since the first year that I went and now it seems as though everybody wants to dress up as his or her favorite figure from the financial universe. Adam Smith costumes and Geithner masks abounded. I saw a woman dressed up as Sex Kitten Alan Greenspan, complete with wrinkly jowls and cute kitty whiskers and frankly, I’ve never been so turned on by an image of male octogenarianism in my life.

Sigh. You know, it’s not like economists don’t have an annual meeting, it’s just that ours isn’t as, well, lively. (I tried to pitch the costume idea and it just didn’t go over well at all.) I considered going in the other direction and working with the EcoComics guys to get a spot at ComicCon, so costume suggestions are welcome. For now, I put up a version of my talk from last January’s AEA meeting that, unlike with YouTube, is all in one piece. Unfortunately, the sound is still a little off, but I can’t seem to figure out how to fix it.

Upon further reflection, I should make EconomiCon happen, since I really want to play pin the deal on Bernanke.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joao Pedro Afonso // Aug 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Wow, EcoComics use the same template as I use in my blog, but with them, it appears very good (I’ll not say how it looks mine). Maybe is the use of comic strips. I’m very impressed, except when they asked who would be the richest of the world and forgot to mention Donald Duck’s uncle Scrooge. Other commentators were quick to mention the omission, but to my shock, I discovered that indeed, in the Forbes list, Scrooge is only six or seven… My world turned upside down!

    PS.: yup-yay-hey!… I’m taking a few days of beach tomorrow…

    PS.PS.: A variation on this theme: What is the best comic strip to learn economy? Dilbert comes to my mind, but is there others?

  • 2 Kevin // Aug 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    You had me at comic books.

  • 3 Dave // Aug 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    The Dallas Fed beat you to the idea: http://www.dallasfed.org/educate/pubs/comic.html . (All the best ideas come from Texas!)

  • 4 Dave // Aug 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    (Of course, now I feel like an idiot for promoting Texas because, if I had read the fine print, I would have noticed that those comics were actually developed by the New York Fed. OOPS.)

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