I think I’m behind the times, since I didn’t know that these were a thing until I saw one of them a couple of days ago:
I’m having flashbacks to the time that my mom (or perhaps some other family member, I can’t remember) asked me to fix her hard drive: “But I studied computer science, not hardware…see, I design algorithms and analyze complexity…oh never mind, just hand me the damn computer.” I think this is a pretty accurate depiction, except that I think that the friends/Mom panels should be something more about finance than what appears to be accounting. (“Oh, you’re an economist? Tell me, what stocks should I be invested in right now?” And facepalm ensues…)
I particularly like the crystal ball panel- it reminds me of the first radio interview I ever did, where the guy (who supposedly knew what I studied and what he was supposed to ask about) led with “so, when is the economy going to turn around?” I responded with a sarcastic comment about my crystal ball was in the shop and proceeded to give a rant about what academic economists do and don’t do. (You can place your bets now on whether I was asked back to the show.) The last panel also nicely illustrates my frustration regarding the difference between positive and normative:
I felt really clever about posting the above infographic on my Facebook page, but apparently I was late to the game and a number of others were already out there:
That one is okay, but I really think that the last panel should read “Hamiltonian” rather than “Cobb-Douglas”. I’m also starting to notice a Rich Uncle Pennybags theme going on here, and I’m sad to report that most (academic) economists aren’t part of the one percent…but, hey society, thanks for the vote of confidence, ok?
Yep, those two panels on the right are pretty much on the nose, especially judging by what my classroom looked like the other day:
After looking at these, though, I realized that people were making things too complicated, so, as a microeconomist who has to, to some degree, cater to what people want to read/hear about, I came up with my own: