You’d think that my students would be sick of hearing me talk by now, but instead one of them invited me to speak at a meeting of the Northeastern University Economics Society. (Not coincidentally, they were also selling their version of an Economists Do It With Models T-shirt.) When I asked my student what I should talk about, the answer was the something along the lines of “Could you talk a little bit about what behavioral economics is? And about your site? And about the economics of The Simpsons? Oh, and this meeting is joint with the Finance and Investing Club, so could you make it relevant to finance as well? By the way, you have 40 minutes.” Thanks Annie. =P
I tried my best to work within those parameters, and I think it went pretty well. I told the students that I would make the slides from the talk available, so I figured I would put them up here for everyone. (I also added a few things in order to make the slides make a bit more sense as a standalone thing.)
Note: To advance properly through the animation, just use the single triangle button when you want to move forward. (You may ave to click twice or wait until the slide finishes “playing.”) If you are experiencing difficulties, you probably need to install the latest versions of Flash and Shockwave from Adobe.
In case Flash causes you headaches or you want to view the presentation offline, I made a PDF version for you. In addition, you can find the Simpsons chapter referenced in the presentation slides here.