Joshua Hall, “Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics

In Homer Economicus a cast of lively contributors takes a field trip to
Springfield, where the Simpsons reveal that economics is everywhere. By
exploring the hometown of television’s first family, this book provides
readers with the economic tools and insights to guide them at work, at
home, and at the ballot box.

Since The Simpsons centers on the daily lives of the Simpson family and
its colorful neighbors, three opening chapters focus on individual
behavior and decision-making, introducing readers to the economic way of
thinking about the world. Part II guides readers through six chapters
on money, markets, and government. A third and final section discusses
timely topics in applied microeconomics, including immigration,
gambling, and health care as seen in The Simpsons. Reinforcing the nuts
and bolts laid out in any principles text in an entertaining and
culturally relevant way, this book is an excellent teaching resource
that will also be at home on the bookshelf of an avid reader of pop