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Fun--music and economics

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February 27, 2007

Fun--music and economics

Michael Mandel

When I was at the Teaching Economics Conference at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh last week, I saw a fun presentation by G.Dirk Mateer and Andrew Rice of Penn State University. They demonstrated their use of music and very funny animated Flash files to get intro econo students jazzed up at the beginning of class. On their website, Flash Music for Economics, Mateer and Rice write:

This website showcases a series of animated Flash files that were created for use in teaching introductory economics. The Flash files are an eclectic mix of music from the last forty years. Each Flash animation includes synchronized lyrics to the song and an economic interpretation of the lyrics. Some of the animations also include pop-ups and visual tricks to enhance the experience

They've got a very funny sample from Weird Al's "Ebay" accessible on the website. They've done a whole bunch of other songs, including "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" (Rolling Stones), "Beverly Hills" (Weezer), and "Rich Girl" (Gwen Stefani).

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Huh... Weird Al and economics. Who knew? If I'd had this when I was taking economics courses, I probably would have been too amused to spend classes arguing with the professors.

Hey MT... see... economists apparently do have a sense of humour. Someplace. Maybe it just requires enough drinking.

Posted by: Brandon W at February 27, 2007 03:00 PM

now that we're on the subject of economists and drinking, why is it that every econ teacher I've had ALWAYS uses beer for their examples?

Posted by: Eric at February 28, 2007 09:35 AM

I use iPods for my examples....No beer at all

Posted by: Mike Mandel at February 28, 2007 02:38 PM

i wish they would just stick with "widgets" and call it a day

Posted by: eric at March 9, 2007 02:32 PM

Try explaining what a Widget is to a group of 14yr old high school students. I use iPods and as examples all the time.

Posted by: Daniel at March 20, 2007 10:27 PM

good point...

Posted by: Eric at March 21, 2007 08:45 AM

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