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Hey Econ Nerds, Want To See Some Economic Humor?

December 30th, 2010 · 8 Comments

It’s that time of year again, when normal people celebrate things like Christmas and New Years and economists get excited for the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, this year to be held in Denver, Colorado. (The annual meeting is always the first weekend in January because no one else is doing anything and, well economists are always looking for a good deal.) Graduate students get excited because a lot of interviews for academic jobs are conducted at this convention, and other attendees get excited by the prospect of talks with such sexy titles as “Fuzzy Capital Requirements, Risk Shifting and the Risk Taking Channel of Monetary Policy” and “A Nonlinear Budget Set Model of Medical Care with Applied Estimates of Moral Hazard, Adverse Selection, and the Optimal Nonlinear Structure of Health Insurance.” I, on the other hand, get excited by the humor session. For this year’s lineup, we’ve got the following:

Jan 08, 2011 8:00 pm, Sheraton, South Convention Lobby
American Economic Association
The Economics Humor Session in Honor of Caroline Postelle Clotfelter (Z1)

Presiding: N. Gregory Mankiw (Harvard University)

“Limericks Economiques” by Dr. Goose
David Levkovits (

Supplying Justice, Demanding Vengeance: The Economics of Comic Books
Mark Butler (St. Johns University and Ecocomics Blog)
Nicholas Tilipman (Cornell University and Ecocomics Blog)

The Economics of the Simpsons
Jodi N. Beggs (Harvard University and

CBO versus OMB…OMG!
Yoram Bauman (University of Washington and

You can see the complete schedule here. And, oh yeah, that’s me up there, so come say hi if you are around. I’ll be talking about the Simpsons, but I also have a few other random fun things to throw in as well. (Here is some footage from last year to give you an idea of what you are in for. I apologize for the sound being a little off in that video.) Also, if previous years are any indication, a group gets together to go have some drinks at the hotel bar or wherever, so I will keep you posted on that.

If you aren’t attending the convention but are going to be in the Denver area, it’s worth noting that the humor session is open to the public, so stop on by!
Saturday, January 8, 2011, 8pm (Mountain Time)
South Convention Lobby
Sheraton Denver Downtown
1550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado 80202

If you aren’t up for a roadtrip to Denver, I will also be streaming the session live both here on the site and also at, so stay tuned for more information on that.

I look forward to meeting some of you next week!


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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gordo // Dec 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Can you share any details about your talk? It sounds like the same kind of thing that a Beloit economist is working on with “Homer Economicus.”Interesting stuff.

  • 2 jody // Dec 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Love the idea of a graphic novel with an econ superhero or superheroine!

  • 3 Gordo // Dec 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I’m not sure if its a graphic novel. I’m pretty sure its a book with the subtitle “economics of the Simpsons”.

  • 4 Dr. Goose // Jan 3, 2011 at 2:48 am

    To your point about economists looking for a good deal:

    Said the skinflint economist, Betts,
    “To the conference we’ll send our regrets.”
    Said her mate, “What’s the reason?
    The rates are off-season.”
    Said Betts: “If they’ll pay for it, let’s.”

    Looking forward to meeting and sharing the stage with you in Denver!

  • 5 Joshua Hall // Jan 4, 2011 at 9:56 am


    You are correct that the book will be called Homer Economicus and it should be out by May 1st of this year. It is not a graphic novel. Jodi has an excellent chapter on behavioral economics and the Simpsons.

  • 6 Dr. C // Jan 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Excellent! Sounds like fun. Am looking forward to the session when I’m at the conference, maybe even with a EDIWM-T-Shirt!

  • 7 William Valenzuela // Mar 17, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I teach many CA econ standards with the Simpsons! Excellent choice. Where to read up on your lecture?

  • 8 Adriana Jawdoszyn // Apr 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    i want to meet some nerds from St. John’s University

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