Odd Lots: The World’s Only Stand-Up Economist Tells the World’s Oldest Economics Joke

Economics can be funny. Really!

Yoram Bauman.

Source: Jon Stahl via Yoram Bauman

Every week, hosts Tracy Alloway and Joe Weisenthal take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance, and economics.

On today’s episode, we’re taking the “dismal” out of the dismal science by interviewing Yoram Bauman, who bills himself as the world’s only stand-up economist.

Join us for a Laffer curve-a-minute romp through the humor of homo economicus.  A long the way, we find the upside in the economic assumption that all human beings are selfish jerks and learn what classes would be included in the University of Comedy curriculum."

We also take a look at some of the funniest economics papers of all time, including a satirical work that sparked a minor squabble among economists with its attempt to answer the question of who’s the better singer of the band AC/DC, plus the age-old classic: Japan’s Phillips Curve Looks Like Japan.

In addition, Yoram conducts the first ever stand-up routine performed over cell phone to an audience of five business journalists.

(drops mic)


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