Sunday, November 28, 2010
The economics of Seinfeld
Taken from the intro to the site:
Seinfeld ran for nine seasons on NBC and became famous as a “show about nothing.” Basically, the show allows viewers to follow the antics of Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer as they move through their daily lives, often encountering interesting people or dealing with special circumstances. It is the simplicity of Seinfeld that makes it so appropriate for use in economics courses. Using these clips (as well as clips from other television shows or movies) makes economic concepts come alive, making them more real for students. Ultimately, students will start seeing economics everywhere – in other TV shows, in popular music, and most importantly, in their own lives.
The site was started by professors at both Eastern Illinois and Baker University using the Seinfeld DVD box set as its base. Each economic concept is outlined with clips from the series, then it shows where to find it in the box set.